Perhaps you’ve heard of probiotics? They are microorganisms that have been shown to assist with digestive health, mood (anxiety and depression), and boosting immunity – and they’re probably the best known of the microbiota (the 10–100 trillion microorganisms living inside our bodies, mainly our gut).
“It’s a balance of bacteria and it’s all about achieving that balance,” PhD student Amy Wallis of Victoria University explained in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald. Eating a poor diet can upset that microbiota balance. Taking certain probiotics might improve one person’s balance, but this is not the general rule, sadly.
What balances one person’s system may cause complications for someone else.
Probiotics can be found in yoghurt and fermented dairy drinks, plus there are some 100 supplement varieties currently available at supermarkets and pharmacies. While probiotics are certainly a hot topic, it’s best to seek medical advice or even have your gut bacteria assessed before adding probiotics to your daily routine – you wouldn’t want to upset that balance.