Probiotics are one of the most studied and beneficial natural products available. They are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.
Probiotics are naturally found in your body. You can also find them in some foods and supplements.
It’s only been since about the mid-1990s that people have wanted to know more about probiotics and their health benefits. Doctors often suggest them to help with digestive problems. And because of their newfound fame, you can find them in everything from yogurt to chocolate.
Although more research is needed, there’s encouraging evidence that probiotics may help:
- Treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics
- Prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections
- Treat irritable bowel syndrome
- Speed treatment of certain intestinal infections
- Prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu
There is also some research to show they ease the symptoms of non-stomach-related problems. For example, some people say they have helped with:
- Skin conditions, like eczema
- Urinary and vaginal health
- Preventing allergies
- Oral health
Now the remaining question is: Do I need Probiotics?
At this year’s expo Neal Smoller will be holding a workshop in this very topic. This question and many more will be answered. Neal will go over the many benefits of probiotics and who are they appropriate for. Please join us at this year’s expo to learn about this subject and many others that will be discussed. Hope to see you there!!
DiLonardo, M. J. (n.d.). What are Probiotics. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com: http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/features/what-are-probiotics
Katherine Zeratsky, R. L. (n.d.). Do I need to include probiotics and prebiotics in my diet? Retrieved from Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/consumer-health/expert-answers/probiotics/faq-20058065