A healthy gut microbiome keeps digestion running smoothly. When the microbiome is thrown out of whack from external factors (like diet) or internal factors (like stress), side effects, including diarrhea, gas, bloating, constipation, and more can occur.
“People need to understand that the role of the gut bacteria is not just to help with digestion, but it is constantly communicating with everything: our immune system, our hormones, our brain,” functional medicine doctor Amy Shah, M.D., previously told mbg. “They are an essential part of our body’s army.”
Probiotic supplements help strengthen that army by adding healthy bacteria to the gut, which by proxy, enhances other factors, like mental health.*
Taking probiotics to keep the microbes in balance is a helpful preventative measure, against both stress and the unwanted physical side effects, like bloating, diarrhea, gas, or constipation.