Roughly 100 trillion bacteria, fungi and other microbes live in and on our bodies. Most of these organisms—collectively called the microbiome—dwell within the gut. Some are harmful, causing illness when allowed to proliferate unchecked, while others enhance human health in various ways. For example, beneficial bacteria promote proper digestion, help tame inflammation and produce key vitamins and short-chain fatty acids the body doesn’t make on its own.
Because these tiny passengers do so much important work, having a healthy, balanced microbiome is integral to heart health, cognition, mood, immunity and many other aspects of well-being. Put simply, good health begins in the gut. However, certain foods, medications, diseases and other factors can alter the microbiome, allowing bad bacteria to outmuscle the good. This is where digestive health supplements come in.
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