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Why Athletes Need Probiotics

When athletes experience nausea, cramps, bloating, pain, diarrhea, and respiratory infections during or after long, exhausting events, the balance of gut bacteria has been disrupted, according to a review of studies published in the European Journal of Sport Science. Because gut bacteria play a vital role in maintaining a healthy immune system, they affect many aspects of physical function, above and beyond digestion. Research shows that replenishing beneficial bacteria with probiotic supplements may improve the body’s ability to withstand athletic competition or to help fitness buffs recover from intense exercise.