Probiotic, literally meaning, “for life,” refers to the good, helpful bacteria that live in every healthy individual’s gut by the thousands.
These days, we are so accustomed to thinking that bacteria are negative, harmful, disease causing agents. While this can be true in many cases, bacteria are also a very important part of our health and well-being.
According to Harvard Health, there are an estimated 100 trillion of these good guys hanging around in every healthy digestive system. Not only do these helpful bacteria keep the disruptive, pathogenic bacteria at bay, they also help with digestion, nutrient absorption, and immune function.
Although these already sound like amazing functions, a growing body of research is continuing to discover more and more evidence that although supplementing with these helpful bacteria isn’t necessary, it can prove to be very helpful.
Today in America, there is an extraordinarily large population who suffer from intestinal discomfort, from diarrhea, gas, bloating, heartburn, indigestion, and constipation, to chronic conditions like irritable bowel syndrome.
Instead of turning to symptom suppressers, or band-aids, consider getting to the root of the problem and actually helping your intestines by providing it with live, helpful bacteria.
Among their many benefits, Mayo Clinic cited probiotics as a treatment for diarrhea, vaginal yeast and urinary tract infections, and IBS, as well as for the prevention or reduction of severity of colds and flu, prevention and treatment of eczema in children, treatment for certain intestinal infections, and reduction of bladder cancer recurrence.
Many argue that digestive health is not a separate entity of our systems, but the root of well-being, since this is where food (our life source) is broken down into the building blocks of our cells.
Because antibiotics strip away much of the bacteria in your body, good and bad, many individuals choose to supplement their diet with probiotics during or after a round of antibiotics.