By now, you've probably realized that gut bacteria is a topic worth paying attention to.
With over 100 trillion microorganisms and a surface area 20 times larger than skin, it's no surprise that the gut microbiome has a prolific impact on our health.
And I'm not just talking about digestive health. Research indicates that probiotics - gut bacteria with health benefits - are beneficial for everything from respiratory tract infections to liver function (and much more!).
In this edition, we've rounded up some of the latest evidence on probiotics for better health. Whether you're trying to improve digestion, reduce cholesterol, or fend off a cold, probiotics may offer some utility.
Here's to nourishing your inner ecosystem!
Research shows that probiotics may play a role in anxiety and depression. Conversely, dysbiosis - microbiome imbalance - has been linked with mood disorders. Learn more in this article.
The gut microbiome is an important protective barrier between us and the outside world. A growing body of evidence suggests that taking probiotics may bolster immune function and reduce upper respiratory tract infections.
Concerned about your metabolic health? Probiotics may help reduce total cholesterol, triglycerides, HbA1c, fasting glucose, and blood pressure, although they shouldn't be a standalone strategy.
Probiotics are generally well-tolerated and safe for most. However, there are a few groups of people that should supplemental probiotics. Read on to learn more.