Probiotics are live microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits when consumed or applied to the body. Our bodies naturally house both good bacteria and bad bacteria. Probiotics are made up of good bacteria. In fact, many of the microorganisms in probiotic products are the same as or similar to microorganisms that naturally live in our bodies.*
Probiotics can have numerous positive affects on our bodies, from helping us digest food, to supporting immune function, and even producing vitamins.*
Generally speaking, American diets are low in probiotic rich foods, so probiotic supplements can be a great way to support your body in optimal health. Probiotics can be helpful for those with digestive issues or irregular bowel movements, as well as those who wish to lend extra support to their immune system's natural defenses. You should always consult your healthcare provider before trying probiotic supplements.*
Studies have shown that probiotics have the ability to help to balance gastrointestinal flora by increasing the level of good bacteria in your gut. Accordingly, probiotics are one of the ways to support digestion, along with eating a healthy and balanced diet among other things. When adding new supplements to your diet, please consult your healthcare provider.*
Probiotics have been shown to support digestion in numerous ways, including helping your body alleviate symptoms of constipation, diahrea, and general gassiness. As well, probiotics have been shown to support an increase in the body's ability to digest lactose and defend against symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. *
For healthy individuals, the good bacteria in probiotics already exists naturally in your body, so for this reason probiotics are generally considered safe. For specific healthcare concerns please consult your healthcare professional before taking probiotics.*
For specific healthcare concerns about your digestive issue, please consult your healthcare professional for the best solution.
Some common examples of probiotic foods include yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, kimchi, sourdough bread and some cheeses.
Studies have shown that it takes a few days to notice the positive results of taking probiotics. As they are generally considered safe, it really depends on the consumer's preference and reason for taking them. Discussing with your healthcare provider is the best way to understand the duration for which you should take probiotics.*