There has been a lot of contradiction around the effectiveness of probiotics to improve health, but at the end of the day it seems that they can be very useful and sometimes much healthier than certain chemical medications.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are tiny living organisms that help boost your body’s natural functions. They are all different, and each of them has certain benefits for your health. It is difficult to classify them, and it is hard to tell which probiotics to go for. Here are some pointers on the different benefits of these friendly bacteria.
Probiotics have numerous beneficial effects for your health, but while some have been scientifically proven, others are less certain. First, here’s a look at the proven effects.
The gut is filled with bacteria that are essential to the body, and research has shown that regular consumption of certain probiotics builds on the natural bacteria in the intestines. This not only improves digestion of certain foods, but also aids in digestive transit. Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptoccocus thermophilus in yoghurt help the body digest lactose (milk sugar). This allows people with lactose intolerance to consume dairy products more easily.
Many probiotics have been shown to speed up digestive transit, including Bifidobacterium animalis, Lactobacillus delbrueckii bulgaricus and Streptococcus salivarius thermophilus. How effective they are depends largely on the quantity of probiotics ingested, but many studies have indicated a particularly beneficial effect in people who suffer from constipation.
Probiotics like Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus rhamnosus help prevent diarrhea, especially in young children. Studies have shown that regular consumption of these bacteria can severely shorten an episode of diarrhea, which is usually caused by travelling or taking antibiotics.
In its most common form, it is referred to as irritable bowel syndrome and it is very common in adults. It can cause problems like abdominal pain, bloating, and problems with digestive transit – all without any physical signs of illness in the intestines.
Not all probiotics will have an effect on these problems, but some bacteria, such as Lactobaccilus and Bifidobacteria, can help improve digestive discomfort in IBS sufferers.
Digestive discomfort caused due to inflammation, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative rectocolitis, are rarer and more serious. The effects of probiotics on these illnesses are the subject of much current research. Certain probiotics seem to be able to prevent recurring pouchitis (inflammation of the ileal pouch in colectomy patients) as well.
Fight against infection
Probiotics are often used to treat infection caused by Helicobacter pylori, which is associated with stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. When combined with normal treatment, probiotics boost the body’s ability to fight infection and help relieve symptoms.
Other Possible Effects:
Prevention of eczema
It seems that probiotics could have a positive effect on eczema and atopic dermatitis by acting as a protective barrier in the body.
Lactobacillus F19, Lactobacillus GG and Lactobacillus sakei supplements, or a combination of Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactoccocus lactis, have also proved very effective in reducing the symptoms of eczema in children likely to develop the condition.
Prevention of colorectal cancer
Certain probiotics might help protect the body against cancer of the colon by stopping carcinogenic microorganisms becoming attached to the walls of the gut. They could also reduce the presence of toxins and prevent inflammation. Although promising, this theory hasn’t been put to the test in humans yet.
Boosts your immune system
By helping the gut’s natural bacteria, probiotics can have a positive effect on the immune system. Studies have indicated a connection between ingesting probiotics and a stronger immune system. Although the research is still being done, it seems like this might be a very promising way to boost you immune system.
When you have some of the mentioned health problems and need to rectify damaged gut health, always start by making adjustments to your lifestyle. A sensible diet is one that reduces carbohydrates as much as possible. Sugars and starches are the fuel for “bad” bacteria in the gut and can cause constant cravings for sweets and carbohydrates. Rather follow a diet like the Manna Diet and take a good probiotic blend, like the Manna GUT Support to reintroduce healthy bacteria to the gut