It may surprise you to find out that at least 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract. Crazy, right? That’s where more than 100 trillion bacteria can be found, and many of them are friendly bacteria called probiotics. Probiotics work to maintain a balanced environment in your gut, keeping the harmful bacteria in check so you can continue to feel healthy.
What happens if that balance is upset?
You may not realize that everyday factors like stress, an unhealthy diet and even just normal aging can reduce the number of good bacteria in your body—which can impact the health of your whole body. But the good news is that our friendly gut microbes respond quickly to positive changes in diet and lifestyle.
Consider eating more fruit, non-starchy veggies, fermented foods, healthy fats and protein and taking a daily probiotic supplement to promote a balanced gut. If you can, try to avoid artificial sweeteners and unhealthy fats, along with foods high in starches and sugar. Studies have also shown that regular exercise and limiting stress have a positive impact on good bacteria in the gut.