I'm sure you have been told on more than one occasion to take probiotics. But do you know why? Or exactly which ones you should be taking?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts—the good kind of bacteria. The kind that help with digestion and gut health. Probiotics are found in your body, and also in food—from yogurt to chocolate.
So if we make them ourselves and we can get them from food, why and when should we supplement with them?
One of the most crucial times to take probiotics is after being on antiobiotics. While antibiotics kill the "bad" bacteria, they also kill the good ones. This can lead to a poor immune system. Taking probiotics will help rebuild your good bacteria and help restore your immune system. Not only that, they have also been linked to helping with irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and diarrhea. Finally, they're believed to be linked to better oral, urinary and vaginal health, and they even help improve skin conditions, such as eczema.