By Dr Ayesha Qureshi ND
Did you know the gut has a strong influence on your immune system? Keeping your gut healthy is an essential step in keeping your whole body healthy! Incorporating probiotics in the diet is one recommendation I often tell my patients to help improve their gut. Probiotics are live bacterial organisms that are beneficial to your overall health.
There are many factors that can affect the gut such as poor dietary habits, stress and medications. Antibiotics for example not only kill the bad bacteria but they also destroy the good bacteria in the gut.
Probiotics will help restore the microbiota balance. Supplements or yogurt often come to mind when we think of probiotics- but there are many natural sources of probiotics as shown below. Probiotic supplementation may also be helpful in many cases. Talk to your ND to see which probiotic strains are right for you.