Hippocrates once said that "all diseases begin in the gut," and an unhealthy gut environment may affect more people than we realize. And what may be one of the answers to this affliction? You got it -- PROBIOTICS. Probiotics are one of the latest buzzwords in and around the health and nutrition world. As with all the topics I cover here, there are a lot of claims out there, and it's hard to decipher the truth from outrageous claims. Also, even if probiotics do work, how do you choose the best product for you, with entire shelves full of options at your local health food store, pharmacy, etc? Fear not, little health nuts -- Nerdy Girl to the rescue.
First... What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that are similar to beneficial microorganisms that are found in the human gut, and may elicit health benefits. You may have heard these healthy gut organisms referred to as "good bacteria". Probiotics can be found in food sources such as yogurt, and fermented foods like kimchi, kombucha, and sauerkraut. Additionally, probiotics come in the form of pills that can be taken daily.