Health Benefits of Taking Probiotics

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are microorganisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available in supplements and foods. The idea of taking live bacteria or yeast may seem a little strange at first. After all, we take antibiotics and use antibacterial substances to fight bacteria. But  our bodies naturally team up with such organisms.

Can you believe that the digestive system is home to more than 500 different bacterial species. They help keep intestinal linings healthy and assist in breaking down food. Beneficial organisms are also believed to help regulate healthy immune response.

How Do Probiotics Work?

Probiotics are definietly the lastest craze in medical research. Probiotics are actually live bacteria. I know...sounds kinda gross! But these bacteria are not the harmful bacteria that we generally think about. We usually associate bacteria with infections and other illnesses. Probiotics are far from it and actually help the body, rather than harming it. Probiotics are the same type of bacteria that are naturally found in our body’s ecosystem, and are an important part of our health.

The NDDIC states that 60 to 70 million or people are affected by digestive problems or diseases.

The bacteria that make up probiotics serve a variety of functions in a person’s body. The largest concentration of these bacteria in the human body, and one of the most important systems impacted by these bacteria, is the digestive or gastrointestinal system. The balance of bacteria in the digestive system, also called “gut flora,” contribute to a variety of important functions. These gut flora, for example, help the development of the digestive system. They help with the process of digestion. They help the digestive system to be able to absorb various minerals and other nutrients. They even help with the way that the body synthesizes vitamins. It is also thought that these bacteria help the immune system, and create a protective barrier that can keep out infections, allergens, and toxins.

Probiotics, then, work to help keep up this balance of bacteria in the digestive system. By keeping this balance, probiotics can help with any number of different problems. Probiotics can help with diarrhea, for example. This seems to be especially the case when the diarrhea is brought on by an antibiotic.  There are ongoing studies that suggest the uses of probiotics may be even more varied, and can help with skin conditions like eczema, and even help to prevent or delay the onset of asthma. The more that we learn about how probiotics work, the more that we find out how they can help with our daily lives.

Top 10 Reasons To Take Probiotics

Here are the top ten reasons to use probiotics, either in food or supplements.

1. Some illnesses can be treated or prevented using probiotics.

*Because biotics reduce unhealthy bacteria in the intestinal tract, they can help alleviate irritable bowel syndrome. They can also prevent, slow, or treat infections along the digestive tract. Some studies also show Crohn’s disease can be alleviated and ulcerative colitis is more likely to remain in remission.

2. Probiotics increase the availability of essential vitamins and nutrients.

*It becomes easier to absorb nutrients and digest foods.

3. Some allergies and skin problems can be aided by taking probiotic bacteria.

*It has been shown to delay the development of allergies in children. It can be particularly beneficial for dairy sensitivities and allergies.

4. If you have recently taken antibiotics, probiotics can help build the beneficial bacteria

*Populations back up and return your health more quickly. A harmful bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, often causes ulcers. The antibiotics used to kill these off can have unpleasant side effects and taking probiotics can help reduce those.

5. Probiotics have a much lower risk of side effects than conventional pills.

*Because they contain bacteria normally found in a healthy human being, it is much less likely to have negative side effects than chemical medicines. People at risk of immune suppression should consult a doctor first because of the risk of imbalance between harmful and beneficial bacteria.

6. Probiotics help to kill harmful parasites and viruses.

*As previously said, the goal of taking probiotics is to return your digestive system to a balanced, healthy state.

7. Probiotics remove excess cholesterol by breaking down bile in your small intestine.

8. Diarrhea can often be prevented using probiotics.

*Whether travelling or at risk of food poisoning, probiotics can help kill off bad backteria like salmonella and e.coli. They are most affective when taken a month before you travel.

9. Probiotics can be taken as easily as eating breakfast!

*A bowl of yogurt containing L. acidophilus can help balance your digestive system.

10. Great for your overall health

***Studies are still occurring, and beginning to show that probiotics may even help prevent colon cancer.

Best Rated Probiotics

 #1: Align Daily Probiotic Supplement

#2: Nutraelle Digestive Care

#3: Culturelle

#4: Activia Yogurt

#5: Florastor

How Long Do Probiotics Take To Work?

 The use of Probiotics do not have a timetable. Depending on your condition and what you are taking Probiotics for, you could find relief in a few days to a few weeks.

You can continue taking probiotics every day as the bacteria is already found in your body. You can also go off and on probiotics as you feel you need them such as when taking antibiotics or when digestive upset occurs. There is no rule as to how long or how often to take probiotics. It all depends on the individual and the condition he/she may have.

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Ingenira 5 years ago

Very useful information. I let my son takes probiotics whenever he has stomach upset. I didn't know it helps to reduce cholesterol too, I'll recommend it to my close relatives.

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KimberlyAnn26 5 years ago Author

Thank you for your feedback Ingenira! I have had some major stomach problems for the past 6 months. Went to the doctor and took a bunch of tests and nothing. I started taking Probiotics last Thursday and I have already seen a difference!

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I like this hub about probiotics. Yes, they are very newsworthy many other things. Except this is important and your bringing out this information is a good beginning for people to understand the value. Thanks for this informative hub. VOted UP.

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