In today’s busy life, poor digestion and irregular bowel movements have become a common problem. A few talks about it, some do ignore, still the fact is that most of us suffer from abdominal disturbances. Since the problem is manageable, we tend to adjust with it and visit a doctor only if constipation gets severe or we experience symptoms like diarrhea or severe abdominal pain.
A few reasons that lead to GI (gastrointestinal tract) upset are outside food, unbalanced diet, intestinal infections, lack of digestive enzymes or any other underlying medical conditions. But, one of the most common reasons for poor digestion is the lack of good bacteria in our gut. Here comes the need of PROBIOTICS- The good, friendly, gut-healthy bacteria that promote digestive health, improves the immune system and deters the growth of bad bacteria causing infection and inflammation. Probiotics can be bacteria, yeast or molds.
Recently, there has been growing interest in the probiotics leading to growth explosion of the probiotic supplement market, which is valued at more than $45.64 billion. Not only the doctors are suggesting it, but even common people are getting aware of its benefits. Let’s know more about probiotics and its benefits.
Types of Probiotics
There are many types of bacteria that fall into the category of Probiotics. All have their own benefits and a gastroenterologist can suggest you as which one is best suited for you. The most common types of probiotics are:
- Lactobacillus: Lactase producing bacteria that is most commonly found in yogurt/curd & fermented foods. It prevents and treats diarrhea.
- Bifidobacterium: It is found in dairy products and helps in controlling the irritable bowel syndrome and prevents constipation.
- Saccharomyces boulardii: It is a yeast that helps in treating diarrhea including traveler’s diarrhea and infectious rotaviral diarrhea in children.
How do probiotics work?
Probiotics maintain a balance between good and bad bacteria in the intestine letting the digestive system work as it should.
Probiotics are also suggested after or during a course of antibiotics to reduce the severity of digestive troubles associated with the antibiotics. A rule of thumb is to take your probiotics 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking the antibiotic.
Other health conditions where probiotics are found helpful are in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and infectious diarrhea.
Safe use of probiotics also helps in enhancing the immunity and skin health while keeping away health issues like a frequent cough, flu, allergies, colds, and oral problems.
How to choose your probiotic?
Adding probiotics to your diet can certainly help a lot in improving the digestion, especially, in kids and elderly people. If you are choosing any natural probiotic like curd or buttermilk, you can decide on your own. However, if you are opting for any over-the-counter probiotics in the form of capsules, powder, liquid, or any flavored probiotic drinks available in the supermarket and online stores, it is always advisable to consult a doctor to choose the right probiotic supplement.
A gastroenterologist can suggest you on the right type of probiotic and how often should you take them. They might not cause harm, but it is possible that they do not yield the desired results. So, taking a suggestion from a gastroenterologist is always advisable.
Find your nearest gastroenterologist and book an online appointment. Eat Healthily! Stay Healthy!
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