Understanding Gastrointestinal Health
The health of your gastrointestinal system plays a significant role in your overall health. Not only is the healthy function of your gastrointestinal tract important in digestive health, but over 70% of your immune system is in your gastrointestinal tract.
A range of factors can alter the healthy balance of your gastrointestinal tract including your diet, medications, infections and the trillions of bacteria in your gut, called the microbiome.
Imbalances in the microbiome, including less friendly and more harmful bacteria can lead to digestive upsets, occasional bloating, poor digestion, occasional diarrhea, irregularity and inflammation which may lead more significant health effects. These gastrointestinal issues can disrupt your day to day life and negatively impact the overall quality of your life.
Taking steps to restore balance to microbiome can help. Certain probiotic bacteria as well as prebiotics can support a healthy microbiome and overall gastrointestinal health.