Having a thriving microbiome is one of the not-so-secret ways to increase your chance of living a long and vibrant life. Unless your diet—and let’s be honest, your life—is damn near perfect (if it is, go you!), modern-day ailments like stress, not enough sleep, too much caffeine, and inadequate prebiotic nutrients, among other things, can lead to an imbalance in your gut bacteria, which can take a toll on your well-being over time.
Thankfully, probiotic supplements help introduce beneficial bacteria to help your microbiome, which has a ripple effect throughout the body. The bacteria that live on us and inside affect everything from your skin to your digestion to your ability to fight off disease. Here are seven reasons to add a probiotic to your daily supplement regimen: