We don’t usually think of bacteria as a good thing. In fact, it’s usually something we try to avoid. With all our antibacterial soaps, wipes, and sprays, bacteria is often the “enemy”. But, when it comes to your gut, bacteria is absolutely essential.*1 These “friendly” bacteria are known as probiotics, and they are an important part of your overall health.*1
Friendly bacteria lives in your digestive tract, and play a key role in supporting a healthy balance in your gut.* But, when there isn’t enough of this friendly bacteria, it can upset this balance.*1 Read on to see why adding a probiotic supplement to your wellness routine might be a wise choice.
In a perfect world, we’d get all our probiotics from food. Fermented foods, such as kimchi, kefir, kombucha, miso, tempeh, and yogurt all contain live cultures. The problem is, many of us aren’t eating enough of these foods to get a healthy amount of probiotics each day.* A daily supplement may be more effective if you’re looking for a highly concentrated source of probiotics.*
Antibiotics don’t discriminate; they target both good and bad bacteria.* So, when you take antibiotics prescribed by your doctor, it can affect your gut flora and create an imbalance of bacteria.* By supplementing with probiotics, you’re adding good bacteria back into your gut.1
By having beneficial bacteria in your gut, probiotics support healthy digestion.* And when your digestive system works well, so do you!
A diverse gut flora (bacteria) is important for a healthy immune system.* Probiotic supplements enhanced with the mineral zinc can further support your immunity.*2 You want to be able to stand your ground when your body is under attack, and a strong immune system can help keep you at your best.*
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
References 1 National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements. Probiotics: In Depth. Accessed 3/15/2019. 2 National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements. Zinc, Fact Sheet for Health Professionals. Accessed 3/15/2019.