Probiotics are dietary supplements used to help reestablish the body’s natural occuring gut flora and promote good digestion. Probiotic supplements contain live “friendly” microorganisms, and doctors often recommend Probiotics for someone after they finish taking antibiotics. Stress, hormonal changes, toxins, and aging can also affect intestinal flora levels and cause gas, bloating, constipation, and digestion problems, and Probiotics can help.
People suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can also benefit from Probiotics. A study conducted by the University College Cork demonstrated that bifidobacterium infantis 35624 taken for daily eight weeks significantly reduced IBS symptoms. It seems 35624 counteracts candida microorganisms that lead to yeast overgrowth. Lactobacillus acidophilis, Lactobacillus GG, and Bacillus coagulans have also been used. All of these strains offer the advantage of no side effects because they’re microorganisms.
Probiotics are available in capsules, tablets, powders, or liquid, and there seems to be no difference in the form you choose. You can also purchase Probiotics that are gluten-free or dairy-free. However, when selecting a product, choose one that has organisms in the millions, and make sure it’s not expired because heat and moisture can affect the potency of the microorganisms so they’re not effective.