Probiotics are good bacteria that primarily line your gut and are responsible for nutrient absorption and supporting your immune system. If you don’t have enough probiotics, the side effects can include: digestive disorders, skin issues, Candida, autoimmune issues and frequent colds and flus.

Historically, we had plenty of probiotics in our diets from eating fresh foods from good soil and by fermenting our foods to keep them from spoiling. However, today, because of refrigeration and unhealthy agricultural practices such as soaking our foods with chlorine, our food contains little to no probiotics, and many foods actually contain antibiotics that kill off the good bacteria in our bodies.

Did you know there are actually 10 times more microbes (bacterial cells, including the “good” bacteria probiotics) in and on your body than cells in your body?
Your skin and digestive system by themselves host about 2,000 different types of bacteria. Probiotic benefits have been shown to be effective in supporting immune
function and healthy digestion, as well as beautiful skin. Your good gut bacteria are also responsible for:

• Producing vitamin B12, butyrate and vitamin K2
• Crowding out bad bacteria, yeast and fungi
• Creating enzymes that destroy harmful bacteria
• Stimulating secretion of IgA and regulatory T-Cells

Probiotics have been in our systems right from the moment that we entered the world. When a new born is in the birth canal of the mother during delivery, that’s when the baby is exposed to the bacteria of his or her mother for the first time. This event starts a chain reaction inside the baby’s GI tract, and the infant’s GI tract starts to produce good bacteria.

The first and most-overlooked reason that your digestive tract is critical to your health is because up to 80 percent of your entire immune system is located in your
digestive tract! That is an astounding percentage. In addition to the impact on our immune system, our digestive system is the second largest part of our neurological
system. It’s called our enteric nervous system and is located in our gut. This is why it is called our second brain! Many people with health issues such as thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue, joint pain, psoriasis, autism and many other conditions don’t realize that these issues can originate in the gut.

The secret to maintaining digestive health is all about balancing out the good and bad bacteria in your gut. If you’re going to be healthy you must consider consuming probiotic-rich foods and supplements daily.