Some studies have linked a lack of good bacteria to allergies, asthma, diabetes, eczema, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, multiple sclerosis and even obesity.
Good bacteria is extremely helpful for those with inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), antibiotic-induced diarrhea and other disorders that affect the GI tract.
Recent studies have shown that patients with IBS, chronic constipation and diarrhea who were given good bacteria experienced significant relief.
These supplements can help you to get a healthy balance of gut bacteria in your digestive system. However, not all supplements are the same.
It’s important to choose a high-quality brand name. The first thing you should look for when choosing a probiotic supplement is the name of the company that produced it. Make sure the company’s name is easily recognisable, such as Culturelle, Bio-K+ or Flora Pro.
Can I get probiotics naturally from food?
Short answer is yes. It’s true that you can increase the good microbes in your body by eating certain foods, such as fermented kimchi or sauerkraut. These types of foods have ‘probiotic’ bacteria in them that help populate your microbiome with more ‘good’ bugs.
Other foods that have good bacteria include natural yoghurt, soft cheeses like cottage cheese, fermented fruits and vegetables, sourdough bread, buttermilk and miso soup.
How do I take it?
You can take them in pill form or alternatively, you can take it in powder form and mix it in well with a glass of water or a smoothie.
Note that this supplement combined with a prebiotic helps maintain a healthy gut flora and promotes overall health. Prebiotics include inulin, pectin and resistant starch.
Should I take it after antibiotics?
It is advisable to take these supplements after taking antibiotics to inject more good bacteria in your digestive system, to balance it out with the bad caused by the antibiotics.
Speak to your health care provider before taking probiotics regularly. It does have many good effects on your digestive health and can help you to recover from digestive problems faster.