WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS?
The human body is a walking ecosystem. Ten times more bacterial cells live on your skin and in your GI tract than human cells live in your body.(1) This is your 'microbiome'. It creates thousands of unique molecules affecting your health, both good and bad.
Probiotics—Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria, and other 'friendly' bacteria—are a natural defense system throughout your GI tract. They keep 'bad' bacteria in check, help digestion, make B and K vitamins, stimulate mucin secretion along the gut lining, turn prebiotic fiber into short chain fatty acids to feed cells lining your colon, and break down bile acids and toxins.
But their health benefits extend far beyond your GI tract, profoundly affecting metabolism, immunity, health, and psychology.*(2, 5-9)