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What are Probiotics?

Recent years have seen a rise in the availability of probiotic foods and supplements on the market. The medical field has also produced a wealth of new research on probiotics. What are probiotics and how do they relate to digestive health?

 

There are two types of bacteria in the human body: good and bad. Probiotics, which are live bacteria that are beneficial to our health, can help maintain a balanced gut microbiota (the community of microorganisms in our digestive tract) and promote peristalsis (muscle contractions that move food through the digestive tract), aiding bowel movements and easing constipation. Newer studies have shown that probiotics also boost our immunity. Stay tuned to learn more about the effects of probiotics on our immune system.

 

Information by: Registered Dietitian from Hong Kong Adventist Hospital - Tsuen Wan