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Understanding Power of Probiotics

 


When you hear about bacteria you most likely think of disease. However, your body is full of bacteria, both bad and good. Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. While it is not understood exactly how probiotics work, they prove to be beneficial to your health. These friendly bacteria help your intestines recover after an infection or taking antibiotics.

Probiotics can lower the amount of bad bacteria in your system that can cause infections and other problems. They can also help balance the good and bad bacteria to keep your body working like it should. Taking probiotics daily helps treat the symptoms of diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chron’s, as well as improve your immune system.

Many types of bacteria are classified as probiotics, and are available in both supplements and foods. The most common probiotic is Lactobacillus. This is found in yogurt and other fermented foods. Different strains can help alleviate diarrhea and may help with the digestion of lactose. The second most common is Bifidobacterium. You can find this type of probiotic in some dairy products and it may help ease the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

In addition to providing benefits for gut health, some research shows that probiotics alleviate the symptoms of non-stomach-related problems.

Daily probiotics may improve skin conditions like eczema, improve urinary and vaginal health, prevent allergies and colds, and improve oral health.

If you interested in adding probiotics to your daily routine, but aren’t sure where to start, consult your doctor or local supplement retailer.

 

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