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maximize your microbiota Improve your digestion, ward off infections, and more with probiotics.

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our gut is home to more than 100 trillion bacteria that perform a range of important functions— known collectively as the microbiome. These beneficial bugs support digestion as well as vaginal and urinary tract health. Probiotics also promote the body’s overall immunity, support healthy liver function, and increase the absorption of nutrients. But their best-known role is the protection they offer against harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Probiotics produce organic compounds that increase the acidity in

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your intestines. This helps to prevent the “bad” bugs from reproducing. Probiotics also produce bacteriocin— natural antibiotics that kill harmful microorganisms. The two most prevalent strains of beneficial bacteria are Lactobacillus, which is found in the small intestine, and Bifidobacterium , which lives in the colon. Not only do these two types of bacteria favorably alter the microflora balance in the intestines, they also promote good digestion and may help ease the symptoms of chronic digestive disorders. Low

levels of these beneficial bugs, on the other hand, have been linked to a number of common digestive disorders, including diarrhea, constipation, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotics have also been shown to prevent, and even reverse, the adverse effects of pathogens on intestinal barrier function. This friendly flora produces organic compounds including lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and acetic acid that increase the acidity of the intestines, making it a very unwelcome environment for harmful pathogens.

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