Thursday, August 31, 2017

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are “good” bacteria and yeasts that help keep your digestive system healthy by controlling growth of harmful bacteria. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. They are food for probiotics.

How Do They Work?

Here are some of the ways they may keep you healthy:
  • When you lose "good" bacteria in your body (like after you take antibiotics, for example), probiotics can help replace them.
  • They help balance your "good" and "bad" bacteria to keep the normal functioning of the human body.

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