When your body’s gut microbiome falls out of balance, there are many ways it can affect your health.
What’s a microbiome? It’s the genetic material of all microbes—bacteria—that live on and inside your body. The good bacteria that contribute to your intestinal microbiome are essential to your health, development, immune function, and nutritional status.
Sound complex? It is! And it’s a delicate balance that can easily be disrupted.
Here are five key ways your gut microbiome may be negatively impacted:
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do. Lifestyle changes, like effective stress management and more exercise, and dietary modifications, including cutting back on sugar, are a place to start. In addition, a probiotic supplement can help support healthy and balanced intestinal flora by recolonizing the gut with good bacteria. When choosing a quality probiotic, work with your healthcare practitioner to select one that is right for you, with identified strains at clinically proven doses.