Probiotic supplements

Probiotic supplements are great for enhancing digestive health. The human digestive system has hundreds if not millions of friendly bacteria that help to break down the foods that we eat and make essential nutrients accessible to the body. Sometimes these friendly bacteria need to be built back up to help maintain the health of the digestive system. There are many ways you can build back up a healthy supply of friendly bacteria. Some people take probiotic supplements to keep the good bacteria count up. Probiotics are actually friendly bacteria. Since most people consider bacteria as something that can make you have infections and become sick, they can be quite surprised when they learn that there are good bacteria that human beings can actually have in their gut.

The human digestive system has both good and bad bacteria. When the friendly bacteria die off in the digestive tract and the bad bacteria becomes too abundant, unpleasant symptoms can set in. For instance, bloating and gas or constipation and diarrhea can begin to happen quite frequently. Stomach pains become quite annoying. When you take probiotic supplements it will replenish your friendly bacteria and the gas and bloating will go away. It is highly recommended that people take probiotic supplements while they are taking antibiotics. It is a well known better that antibiotics also kill off good bacteria as well as bad.

If you are considering taking probiotics supplements look for the brands that include Lactobacillus, bifidobacterium and acidophilus. When you purchase probiotic supplements the more strains of friendly bacteria contained in the supplement the better it is. This means you will get better results from the product. Some of the best probiotic supplements can have up to eight different strains of bacteria or more.

The idea of taking probiotics supplements has become so popular these days that some manufacturers are putting them in some of the foods that we eat. The best probiotic supplements are ones that contain live bacteria cultures. Nowadays you can find living probiotics in yogurt and other foods. You more than likely have seen the TV commercial of Jaime Lee Curtis advertising yogurt with probiotics in it. Live cultures of friendly bacteria in yogurt has really caught on is a good way to replenish your supply of friendly bacteria in the intestines.

When the intestinal flora of the stomach and gut becomes unbalanced people can start to get various conditions and diseases. Things like yeast infection’s can take over, especially in women. In addition to that, some types of cancer cells are known to be closely connected to an imbalance of intestinal bacteria.

The most popular probiotic supplements that you can buy today come in several forms. You can get them as freeze dried powder or in capsule form as well as some liquids. Taking probiotic supplements will ensure that you have enough of the good bacteria or micro flora in your systems. Maintaining good digestive health will also help maintain a healthy immune system.

It has now become an established fact that probiotic supplements can help people who suffer inflammatory bowel syndrome and other diseases like Chron’s disease. Ezema and other skin disorders are helped also when you take probiotic supplements.

So how much bacteria should be in the probiotic supplements that you take? It is recommended that to be beneficial, the probiotic supplements should contain at least 1 billion living friendly bacteria. You can add freeze dried powdered probiotic supplements to your water or take them in capsule form which is more convenient. Liquid probiotic supplements are not as popular but they are available in the refrigerator section of your local health food store. You should keep all live culture probiotic supplements in your refrigerator as well.

Last updated on Jan 4th, 2010 and filed under Health Supplements. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

4 Responses for “Probiotic supplements”

  1. Chemist says:

    Probiotic supplements are great for people who don’t necessarily eat the usual suspects of probiotic foods (ie. kim chi, sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt).

  2. Probiotic supplements is something people hardly know. and this a really wonderful job to make aware of such news about these supplements. good job!

  3. David says:

    Great article about the importance of probiotics! That’s why you see many bodybuiders focus on probiotics because they know it all begins with digestion and nutrient absorption.

  4. One point to be aware of is that when taking probiotics because you’ve been put on a course of antibiotics is to make sure you leave as large a gap in between taking the two. Don’t take them both at the same time. Leave a gap of as many hours as you can after taking the probiotic before you take the antibiotic to give those good bacteria time to do their work.

    And although food can be a good source of probiotics under normal circumstances, at a time like that take a supplement. It really is the only way you can get enough of the beneficial bacteria to overcome the loss.

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