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What Are Probiotics?

Over the past few years, Probiotics have become more well-known across society. These probiotics have become publicized by celebrities and those who value health and wellness. Thus, it has sparked a unified conversation that wants to learn exactly what these probiotics are and how they can only improve our health.  In order to better understand what Probiotics are, it is imperative to understand the science behind why one would even want to consume Probiotics.

In each of our body’s gastrointestinal tract, one has both good and bad bacteria. It is very important that there be a specific balance between the good and bad bacteria to prevent the overgrowth of the bad bacteria in the intestines. If there were a diminished number of good bacteria in the intestines then it would allow room for the bad bacteria to overgrow, thus resulting in illness. Illnesses such as diarrhea associated with viruses or bacteria, and other intestinal illnesses. These illnesses interfere with an individuals daily abilities, and thus individuals want to prevent these illnesses from occurring.

Look to Probiotics as a supplement to maintain the balance between good and bad bacteria.

Now that we know the reason, one should supplement their diet with Probiotics, let’s look into what Probiotics are:

  1. Probiotics represent the good bacteria that is in the gut
  2. Probiotics are live cultures of actual bacteria and yeast

There are many different types of bacterial cultures and yeast that are used, some have more benefits than others. However, each Probiotic supplemented into the body can have some benefits whether they are small and minute, or large and valuable.

tissuepaperMany people, including celebrities have endorsed Probiotics as being an important part in an everyday routine. However, Probiotics are not only a benefit to add into one’s every day diet, but they are even more important to add if you have certain medical conditions.

Those conditions include:

Anything that causes irritation to the gut allows the imbalance of the good bacteria versus the bad bacteria in the intestines and creates an opportunity for the bad bacteria to overgrow.

The result is the need for Probiotics to be introduced in one’s diet to help relieve the immediate symptoms associated with this imbalance.

Which Diseases Have Probiotics Been Proven to Help?

  1. Inflammatory Bowel Disease:
  1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  1. Infectious Diarrhea
  • Bacterial Source
  • Viral Source

Probiotics have not only been shown to help certain intestinal illnesses; but also skin disorders such as rashes and eczema.

Many scientists have declared that skin conditions are created because of some intestinal illness and thus by implementing Probiotics into their diet. These individuals suffering from skin conditions can experience relief and healing from these disorders.

the-benefits-of-probiotics-and-prebiotics-graphics-1As I said earlier, Probiotics are live cultures of either bacteria or yeasts. These Probiotics can be taken either as a supplement and added into your diet through medication. Or if one looks into their everyday food, they might be surprised about just how present Probiotics are in their own diet without even knowing.

Probiotics are seen in many foods; however, yogurt seems to be the biggest and most well-known source of Probiotics that has been and is currently still publicized by the mainstream media. Each of these types of Probiotic sources have benefits; however, in my opinion the supplements definitely offer are more medically satisfying benefit, than the yogurt.

 What Are The Different Types Of Probiotics?

  1. Lactobacillus
  1. Bifidobacterium

As one can identify by looking at the above bullet points there are two main categories of active bacterial cultures.

Lactobacillus is live bacteria that is in most yogurts as the active Probiotic ingredient. 

Bifidobacterium is another type of live bacterial culture that is mainly observed in dairy products. 

Each of these bacterial classes are placed into either supplements or dairy products in different levels; and thus the benefit can be based on the specific concentration of the Probiotic in the product.

As with any supplement or added medical treatment that is added by the patient, it is imperative you discuss the benefits versus the risks of adding Probiotics with your healthcare provider.

While Probiotics do offer many benefits, there are some health conditions in which Probiotics can interfere with, and be proven ineffective.

Therefore, it is imperative to speak with a health care professional in order to determine whether or not Probiotics will benefit your unique health care plan.

Probiotics in a nutshell

To sum everything up, we have determined that Probiotics in most cases can offer benefit to individuals needing treatment of intestinal issues such as:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Disease
  • Infectious Diarrhea
  1. Probiotics are live cultures of bacteria that come in many different bacterial forms that offer varying benefits of their own.
  1. Probiotics can also be yeasts. Each of these different Probiotics represent the good bacteria of the gut.

probiotics-288x300The reason that one needs to introduce these types of bacteria into their Gastrointestinal system is because for some reason there is an imbalance in their good bacteria versus bad bacteria. If there is an imbalance of good bacteria, in which the bad bacteria have the chance to overgrow then in fact there will be significant irritabilities regarding the Gastrointestinal tract such as

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • flatulence

Therefore, in these instances it is important to choose your Probiotic carefully, whether you intend to take supplements to add to your diet, or you choose to incorporate foods which have live bacterial cultures.

Either way, if you are experiencing gastrointestinal issues then Probiotics may be a good fit to keep your intestinal tract healthy.

With every good thing, there are still risks.

Symptoms That Would Indicate The Need For Probiotics:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence


So be sure to contact your doctor to make sure that the live bacterial cultures incorporated into your diet will not interfere with the medical treatment of any other illnesses that are present.

My overall take away, is that in most cases Probiotics add benefit to your diet, and offer relief to symptoms associated with Gastrointestinal illnesses.

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