You & Your Child

Probiotics 101: Adding Bacteria for Good Health

Probiotics help your body to function properly and can be found in foods like fruit and yogurt.
March 2018

New eating plans and gym memberships are common steps people take toward their health goals, but there are other effective ways to improve your health — like adding probiotics to your daily regimen. You’ve likely heard of probiotics before, but do you know how they benefit your health and how to select the right one for you?

What is a probiotic?

Probiotics are the good bacteria that live inside your digestive tract and help your body to function properly. There are many different types of probiotics, and each one performs a vital function. The billions of bacteria that live inside your digestive tract are often called “microflora,” and the environment they create inside the body is called the microbiome. Maintaining proper balance within your microbiome is crucial for overall health.

How do probiotics help?

The beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract are influenced by a variety of factors such as stress, medication, traveling and poor diet. Therefore, it is important to prioritize diet and lifestyle to maintain proper gut ecology. Probiotics have positive effects on health, including aiding the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients and contributing to immune system health.

Probiotics in your diet

Due to food processing and packaging, maintaining the stability and potency of the live beneficial bacteria in foods can be a challenge. Including probiotic supplements in your routine ensures a consistent dose to help you and your family maintain optimal health.

Finding the right supplement for you

Probiotic supplements can help support health from infancy to adulthood. When it comes to selecting the right one for you, the best options are those that are formulated based on clinical research.

Before taking any type of probiotic, speak with your doctor and/or pharmacist about whether they are safe and right for you. To learn more about probiotics designed with you in mind, visit — (BPT).


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