Probiotics benefits include weight loss, help with digestion and a healthy heart

1. They aid digestion

Probiotics are made up of ‘good’ bacteria and taking them regularly can restore the natural balance of gut bacteria, said Rob.

“An imbalance of gut bacteria can mean that there are too many ‘bad’ bacteria,” Rob continued. “And as a result you may experience an unsettled digestive system which manifests itself as bloating, wind, constipation, or IBS.

“Taking a probiotic regularly or eating a diet which contains foods naturally high in good bacteria like kefir or sauerkraut could help.”

2. They are beneficial if you have had to take antibiotics for any reason

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There is evidence to suggest that probiotic supplements can help cure antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.

Rob explained: “Taking antibiotics (especially for an extended period of time), can often result in diarrhoea. This is because the antibiotics kill many of the natural (and good) bacteria in your gut, which shifts the gut balance and allows harmful bacteria to thrive.

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“So, by taking probiotics it aids the thriving of good bacteria in your gut.

“This reinforced the previous point that probiotics may help combat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), reduce gas, bloating, constipation, and other symptoms.”

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