I have already written a journal about Irritable Bowel Syndrome and some of the good foods we can eat to help alleviate IBS. I have also briefly touched on the use of Probiotics. Now I will go on to explain more about its use in detail.
The body is made up of good bacteria called Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus, which helps keep bad bacteria under control. We need the right bacteria in the gut to help us maintain a healthy digestion, but through stress or the body fighting infection, there may be harmful bacteria present that can interfere with the bowel and digestion process.
Probiotics contain friendly bacteria that are similar to those found in the gut. They help us maintain a healthy digestion when taken alongside a healthy diet.
Probiotics help with:
- Boosting the immunity;
- Lowering cholesterol;
- Improving digestion;
- Keeping symptoms of IBS under control;
- Combating infections;
- Relieving the symptoms of thrush;
- Producing vitamins;
- Reducing our risk of certain cancers.
Probiotics are good for:
- After a course of antibiotics;
- Helping with on-going stress;
- Post-op surgery;
- Those who suffer with Colitis or Crohn’s disease;
- Help relieve symptoms of food poisoning or diarrhoea;
- Also help with bladder infections or candida.
Probiotics should be taken daily to support an already healthy lifestyle. They can also be found in certain foods such as live cultured yoghurts, a fermented milk drink that contains billions of Lactobacillus (contains sugar) and cottage cheese, tofu, miso, tempeh, sauerkraut and sourdough bread.