Health Benefits of Probiotics

health benefitsSo what are the health benefits of probiotics?

Too many people wait for the obvious reasons to seek help from their health care practitioners. It is important to understand that when there is something wrong in a certain part of your body, gradually everything will be effected…each organ’s healthy function is integral to the whole body functioning at an optimal level.

Your digestive system must be healthy for a healthy “you”! Would you believe that most diseases and illnesses could be related to your gastrointestinal tract (GIT)? Some of you may be thinking “well there’s nothing wrong with my stomach or bowels…but I do have something wrong with me and I am not sure what it is”. In many cases you may not be experiencing any “stomach” upsets or at least they aren’t predominant enough for you to notice.

Typical signs and symptoms of decreased gut function are:

  • Cramps
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Burping
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea

Other signs of problems: too light or too dark coloured stools, blood and/or mucus in the stool, a floating stool or undigested food in the stool. Yes…what comes out of you is telling you something about your health!

What can go wrong with your gut?

It is now evident that so many different diseases can be linked to your food intake and digestive system.

  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome): IBS is a common condition in which the large intestine, or colon fails to function properly causing symptoms such as abdominal pain and distension, indigestion, nausea, flatulence, loss of appetite, increased bowel movements with pain, diarrhoea and or constipation and an excessive amount of mucous in the stool. This is usually casued by stress, food allergies or lack of fibre. Many people who have been diagnosed with IBS could actually be suffering from things such as food intolerances, an overgrowth of bad bacteria.
  • Food intolerances: Can your body tolerate wheat, gluten, cow’s dairy, sugar, alcohol and even fruit? Food intolerance occurs when your body has an inability to process a particular food, but the signs and symptoms are not always obvious. With food intolerances there is a slow onset reaction, hours, day or even weeks.
  • Food allergies: Much more immediate responses occur so people tend to do more about it. You can be born with a food allergy or you can acquire it during your life. A food allergy is a rather fast response (minutes) by the body’s immune system to a perceived invader. Signs or symptoms are typically immediate, dramatic and visible; coughing, sneezing, vomiting, migraines, watering eyes, rashes, swelling tissue, hives – or in severe cases an anaphylactic shock which requires emergency intervention.
  • Diarrhoea, constipation, reflux, nausea and gallstones: Some of them are symptoms of intolerance and some are not, but all of the symptoms of intolerance can also be symptoms of many other bowel diseases or illnesses. Symptoms are the body telling us something is wrong and it is up to you and a health care professional to piece together ALL the information, including symptoms, to make a diagnosis for treatment.

So what are the Health Benefits of Probiotics?

Probiotics are the good or healthy bacteria found in the intestines. Probiotic means pro-life. These little microbes help your gut function by helping you digest nutrients, protecting against bad bacteria, aiding the growth and health of your gut as well as strengthening the bowels own, very important, immune system. They also help in production of vitamins, hormones and digestive enzymes.

Some of the more commonly used probiotics you may of heard of are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria bifidum and B.longum. When you don’t have a healthy amount of these good bacteria it allows for the bad bacteria to take over, damaging the integrity of your guy lining – and disease starts!

So take prevention and get onto a good Probiotics and see the health benefits!!!