How does Prebiotics and Probiotics Improve Our Health?

Contributor: Nutrition Counselor Ling Ai

Bacteria are microorganisms that live in air, soil, water, etc.  We cannot escape from these bacteria because they are everywhere including our entire body.  The bacteria on our skin, in our airways, and in our digestive system are the first line of defense against foreign “invaders” (pathogens) that can cause infections and other health problems.  

When we are healthy, our digestive system contains over more than 100 trillion good bacteria (weight about 1 kilogram) & they are 10 times more than the number of cells in our body.  Research suggests that the gut bacteria in healthy people are different from those with certain diseases. People who are sick may have too little or too much of a certain type. Or they may lack a wide variety of bacteria.  Taking foods that contain Prebiotics & Probiotics will help to improve gut health.  

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