Probiotics for Gut Health
The digestive tract is filled with millions of bacteria that make up what is called our microbiome. These bacteria help with digestion and absorption of nutrients, and play a major role in immune function. Keeping a proper balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria is crucial, which is where probiotic supplements come in!
Our body is designed to keep a balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria. When that balance is disrupted, overgrowth of “bad” bacteria can occur. Antibiotic use, C-section birth, and poor diet can all affect the amount of good bacteria present. An overgrowth of harmful bacteria can lead to many digestive symptoms including abdominal pain and bloating, or changes in bowel movements. It can also contribute to headaches and frequent sickness or infection.
Probiotics help to repopulate and replenish the gut with beneficial bacteria. They are found naturally in fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurts, and kombucha, or can be taken as a supplement. Adding probiotics into your diet, especially after a round of antibiotics, is an easy way to support digestive and immune health. Ask your Chiropractor for specific recommendations!