Probiotics: What they can do for your health and how to choose one for you

In Wellness by Amy M. Dayries, DMD, FAIHM

Probiotics is the term for food or dietary products that contain live bacteria or yeasts. They can be ingested to seed your gut and mouth with types of bacterial strains that contribute to better health. If you have a deficiency in these better strains of bacteria, you are likely to suffer from leaky gut, hormone imbalance and digestive and chronic diseases. Leaky gut is a reference to the breakdown of intestinal membranes where bacteria, their endotoxins, and broken down proteins get absorbed from the intestines into the blood stream. These products then get circulated around the body and can wreck havoc on your health.

Because approximately 60-80% of the immune system is in the gut, seeding your digestive tract with bacteria known to be compatible with humans can do wonders to boost your immune system. In turn, the chemical balance in your body will be much better. More than 40 diseases have been linked to bacterial imbalance including depression, IBS, certain cancers, arthritis, and periodontal disease. The diagram below depicts how a leaky gut can contribute to a variety of immune and health issues.