The bacteria inside your GI tract play an important role in the health of the mucosal immune system of your entire digestive tract. They also aid in the production of antibodies to protect against pathogens.
Healthy bacteria even cause your immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens, and to respond appropriately. This important function prevents your immune system from overreacting to non-harmful antigens, which is the origin of most allergies.
Probiotics perform such a wide variety of functions, they’re really important regardless of what makes you sick. Adding probiotics to your diet is simple, by way of cultured foods and/or supplements, it’s a step I highly encourage you to try.
In this article “Probiotics Linked to Reduced Risk of Allergies, Psoriasis, Colitis, Periodontal Disease and More”, Dr. Mercola explains how allergies are related to poor gut health. He gives specifics on how to introduce good bacteria to your diet and why it’s good to start early.
In addition to gut health, probiotics also demonstrate benefits for non-gut inflammatory disorders. Recent studies confirm the importance of your colon health for preventing problems such as psoriasis and chronic fatigue syndrome. One such study, published in the journal Gut Microbes, describes how a single probiotic strain can influence the health of your entire immune system.