Probiotics have become enormously popular, expected to reach $42 billion dollars in global sales this year.  This is due largely to our rapidly expanding knowledge of our microbiome and the impacts of gut bacteria on aspects of our health ranging from body composition, mood, genetic expression, immune response, and beyond. There is even a growing field of neurogastroenterology studying the bidirectional communication of the brain-gut axis.
Many of the benefits people report from probiotic use have evidence showing they may indeed be beneficial including relief from antibiotic-associated diarrhea in children  and other causes of diarrhea such as C. difficile infection,  improved bowel movement and consistency, reduced inflammation associated with the intestinal tract, decreased symptoms of allergy and eczema, and aiding immune function to name a few.  Sometimes, however, probiotic supplementation fails to meet expectations. Why is that? Continue reading “8 Reasons Your Probiotic Isn’t Working”