When people think about the word bacteria they think disease, infection and antibiotics. They think about when their kids get strep, pneumonia or drug resistant staph. Some of us are even germaphobes that frequently wash our hands and keep things clean as not to get sick.
Not all bacteria are harmful. Some bacteria that live in our gut are actually very beneficial to our health and well- being. These bacteria are known as probiotics.
What Are Probiotcs?
Probiotics are good bacteria that live in your gut and keep it healthy. They all have different functions but primarily they keep your digestive tract healthy. People are starting to understand the benefits of probiotics and now are supplementing them by eating yogurt, other types of foods and in capsule form.
Probiotics benefit your body
Probiotics are helpful to your body. They mainly help move food through your digestive tract. But research is now showing that these bacteria assist the body in many ways.
- These probiotics actually produce vitamin K, Vitamin B12 and quite a few B vitamins.
- Probiotics help prevent bad bacteria like candidas from growing out of proportion.
- Probiotics help strengthen your immune system.
- They help with diarrhea and irritable bowel problems.
- They also help with constipation.
- They eliminate waste and toxins.
- Urinary and vaginal health.
- Studies show babies get less eczema when using probiotics.
The most common forms are lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. Mainly these are found in dairy products.
When to use Probiotics
At Total Health Chiropractic in East Brainerd, I advise my patients; anytime they are on an antibiotic they should start a regimen of probiotics. I advise them to take the probiotic in between the dose of antibiotics. If they take two antibiotics in a day, they should take probiotic at noon. I also advise that after they are done with antibiotic, continue taking probiotic till it’s gone. This replenishes the entire good flora that was killed by the antibiotics.
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Christopher M. Lewis, D.C.