By 2023, the worldwide market for probiotics is expected to climb above $69 billion. Probiotics are a major category of dietary supplements, and it’s more than a fad. Experts agree that certain probiotics are effective in reducing diarrhea and digestive discomfort. Right now, 20 million Americans suffer from chronic digestive diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes, so the news of an accessible treatment is welcome news.
How do probiotics help treat so many diseases? Probiotics are live bacteria found in certain foods or supplements that colonize the digestive tract. This may sound alarming, but the truth is that it’s normal for over 100 trillion bacteria to live in the human digestive tract. These microbes have important health roles ranging from 70 to 80% of the body’s immune response to producing 95% of the body’s serotonin, a major mood-influencing hormone. Maintaining the gut’s microbiome drastically improves health.