Probiotics are live microorganisms that provide health benefits, especially to your digestive system. They are often referred to as “good bacteria”. The most common groups of probiotics include Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, however there are many different species within each strain.
While this may all sound a bit weird, our bodies are actually full of bacteria, both good and bad. Your gut specifically contains hundreds of different types of microorganisms – this is referred to as your “gut flora”. Your gut flora is essential for healthy digestion and is actually like an organ, performing many vital functions like manufacturing your vitamins K & B, helping your immune system and turning fibers into short-chain fatty acids which feed the gut wall & help your metabolism.
To find out more about your gut flora and how probiotics can help with symptoms like bloating, constipation & even depression, head to Cocobella’s blog to read my full article.