Amazing Health Benefits of Probiotics

Dec 22, 2016

Health Benefit of Probiotics

You have likely heard the term “probiotics” being tossed around lately, but you may still be wondering, “Are they really as good as what people say?” When research uncovers any new form of treatment, whether it be medicine or even just nutritional supplements, it takes time to discern whether it really is a good idea to jump on the “health bandwagon” or not. We assure you that probiotics are here to stay and are more than just a fad or popular trend. Probiotics represent the strains of good bacteria in your gut that help treat and prevent a number of different conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, eczema, and even urinary tract infections. Probiotics are not only a natural cure for many health conditions, but these microorganisms are also an important part of a daily health regimen.

I’ve Heard of Probiotics, But What Are They?

Like so many other supplements and natural cures, people hear the terms tossed around a lot without an actual explanation of what supplements are and how they function. The American Gastroenterological Association defines probiotics as microscopic living organisms, or microorganisms, which benefit your health. Most forms of probiotics are bacteria; however, there are other forms, such as yeasts. More often than not, probiotic organisms are made up of the “good” bacteria in your body, or more specifically your gut. This good bacteria helps maintain your health and regular digestion.

If you are delving into the world of probiotics, it is important to remember that these, like many other natural supplements, are not all equal. When looking for a probiotic supplement, you want to stick to one of the two main forms – Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteriu. Doing a little research will help you identify exactly what strain of probiotics you need to do your body the most good.

Do Probiotics Offer Any Specific Health Benefits?

As probiotics are largely situated in your gut when you take a supplement, it makes sense that one of the biggest health benefits these supplements offer is improving digestive health, but they are also important for a number of other reasons as well. Daily probiotic intake can help support immune function, relieve gastrointestinal strain, lower cholesterol, reduce bacteria in your mouth, improve gum health, and relieve skin issues as well as other allergies.

Can I Use Probiotics to Treat Actual Health Conditions?

In addition to offering a myriad of general health benefits, probiotics can also treat a variety of specific conditions, according to Mayo Clinic and several other reputable sources. Probiotics are effective for treating a variety of health conditions including diarrhea, Crohn’s disease, vaginitis, eczema, and irritable bowel syndrome. WebMD even states that research has found that probiotics may be helpful in lowering the risk of certain childhood illnesses including ear infections, strep throat, and colds and that is something to raise a glass to (or at least a supplement).

1. Diarrhea

This no fun gastrointestinal issue can be particularly difficult to treat. Because diarrhea is often the result of an imbalance in the bacteria in your intestine, probiotics are particularly effective for treating this condition. Probiotics can even be used to treat episodes of diarrhea and stomach upset that are a result of a recent antibiotic regimen.

2. Crohn’s Disease

A relatively common gastrointestinal issue, Crohn’s disease is characterized by episodes of diarrhea, stomach upset, bloating, inflammation, and pain. While the exact cause of the condition is unknown, research suggests that a malfunctioning immune system is one of the primary causative factors, in conjunction with heredity, diet, and stress. Nonetheless, a daily probiotic supplement restores your immune function and relieves comorbid tummy troubles. Probiotics can even help relieve issues with inflammation and bloating.

3. Vaginitis

Vaginitis is a condition caused by an imbalance in the bacteria present in the vagina. As a bacterial imbalance is the primary cause of this issue, probiotics are also an obvious solution. Many women take probiotics on a regular basis to prevent vaginal issues; however, you can also use the nutritional supplements as a vaginal insertion to relieve an existing infection.

4. Eczema

A condition characterized by skin inflammation, irritation, and itching, eczema is typically considered an allergic response. While it can be difficult to identify the exact cause of this condition, many individuals respond well to treatment with probiotics. A study presented by Healthline even found that expectant mothers who take probiotics while pregnant are less likely to have babies who experience eczema after birth and into their first years.

5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Another common digestive issue, irritable bowel syndrome involves periods of diarrhea, bloating, and bowel pain. Probiotics help to restore natural function to your digestive system and relieve symptoms of the condition.

How Do I Incorporate Probiotics into My Health Regimen?

You can incorporate probiotics into your diet in either supplement or food form. Most health food stores carry a variety of probiotic supplements that contain different strains for treating different conditions. Likewise, foods like yogurt and kefir naturally contain probiotics to support your immune health and treat various conditions.

Let us know what types of probiotics you have used and what these super-nutrients have done for your health.

References:

Healthy Lifestyle: Consumer Health, Is It Important to Include Probiotics and Prebiotics in a Healthy Diet? - http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/consumer-health/expert-answers/probiotics/faq-20058065
Probiotics: What They Are and What They Can Do for You - http://www.gastro.org/patient-center/diet-medications/probiotics
Surprising Benefits of Probiotics - http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/surprising-benefits-probiotics#5
What Are Probiotics? - http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/features/what-are-probiotics



Digestion  

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Posted by Onalooserein (Klamath County, Oregon) on 11/09/2011
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Love, Love, Love! this site! I would like to info about adding the use of beneficial bacteria to the diet to cause the digestive tract to be full of beneficial/symbiotic bacteria like acidophilus and the bifidum strains, etc.

I have been using probiotics for years, I do not get sick, ever, and my allergies/asthma are non-existent. If a person doesn't fill their digestive tract with the "good" stuff, then oportunistic things will grow there and in this day and age of over prescribed anti-biotics, it is usually "bad" stuff, or disease causing pathogens like fungus/yeasts. 70-80% of our immune system lies within our gut. Healthy gut, healthy person.

Did have a bout with breast cancer and followed the phase one diet (very low carbohydrate/no sugar)and used anti-fungal supplements such as Coconut oil (caprylic acid), oregano oil, olive leaf, etc.. Also had a leaky gut from Candida albicans infection (caused mainly by anti-biotics and S. A. D. , Standard American Diet of processed foods and high in Carbohydrates and sugars). This diet and supplements killed the Candida and a Herxheimer effect ensued. Was advised by my assisting Naturopatheic Physician to use Charcoal (constipative) capsules, Quercetin (with bromelain for better absorption)which is an anti-histamine, or Benedryl (at night before bed as this causes drowsiness)to ease the symptoms of Herxheimer. After 2 weeks of flu like symptoms (eased by the charcoal and ant-histamines), pruitic (itchy) rashes and intense pain in the breast, I then discovered the tumors to be gone, I am so happy about that, to be so empowered by God's gift of healing. Blessings to you all!

PS. I recommend getting the home environment free of toxins, especially molds & fungus. I live in the middle of a National Forest and have the luxury of using a woodstove in the house, which dries and purifies the air. I also use Ultra Violet light room air purifiers and HEPA filters in the central heating system. Do I sound like a hyperchondriac? In my defense, after remodeling a bathroom with a leaky shower stall, the floor & sub floor under the vinyl was permeated with a black mold (probably stachybotrus)one of the most deadly when in the human body. Very shortly after exposure (no respirator) I was in the hospital dying, 9 days later I was released, alive but not healed. The doctors were rather shocked that I lived through, I attribute my survival to first the Church praying for me and the use of the probiotics. One of the Nurses told me that the appendix stores extra beneficial bacteria for emergencies.

My family has removed Peanut and corn products completly from our diets as they are the most contaminated food substance around. My son was having seizure like events that completely disappeared with the removal of peanuts and corn from the diet. Almond butter instead of peanut butter.


General Feedback  

Posted by John (Trang, Thailand) on 02/01/2015

Probiotics. Look all over internet and don't know how good they really are. Looked antibiotics and will never take them again. Just big pharma money spinner. Anyone found good info minus disinfo?


L. Reuteri for Vit D and B-12 Deficiencies  

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Posted by P. Raghavan (Virudhunagar, Tn, India) on 12/06/2016
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L. Reuteri is a probiotic strain found in the digestive system. This probiotic strain is in the breast milk. But only about 15 % of the population have L. Reuteri in their digestive system. There is an article available in the net titled "Top 13 scientific health benefits of L. Reuteri". There are many research papers available on this topic in the net.

There was a study on L.Reuteri in Prague, Czech Republic. One hundred twenty seven (127) people participated in a double blind, placebo controlled study for 9 weeks. They measured blood Vitamin D levels at the beginning of the study and also at the end of the study. Those who took L. Reuteri had the blood Vitamin D level increased by 25.5 %. According to the authors of the study, this is the first time blood levels of Vitamin D have been increased by oral probiotic supplements of L Reuteri.

Low level of Vitamin D in the blood is associated with Osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, etc. It appears that the absence of L. Reuteri in the digestive system is a root cause of Vitamin D deficiency in the blood. If Vitamin D level in the blood is low, the body can not absorb all calcium and magnesium in the diet. It appears that L. Reuteri converts Vitamin D into a more absorbable form for the body.

Many research papers available in the net, show L. Reuteri helps to synthesize Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 plays vital role in the normal functioning of the brain and formation of red blood cells. Also, it helps to regulate and synthesize DNA. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes many medical problems including nerve damage. There are four members in my family. Three of us took complete blood test about a year ago and the blood tests indicated all three of us (75 %) had Vitamins D & B12 deficiencies. Also, we had calcium deficencies. B12 deficiencies in our cases were confirmed by swollen red blood cells. L. Reuteri capsules are available online and it costs about us dollar 20 to 25 for 60 capsules. Recently, we have started taking L. Reuteri capsules to solve the problem.

Any comment on this post will be highly appreciated.

Best wishes P. Raghava.


Probiotic User Reviews  

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Posted by Susan (Venice, Ca) on 08/18/2014
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I have used probiotics for years. They are one of my most important supplements and I know they help me with digestion, increase immunity and eases my increasingly extreme food allergy to wheat. I think it's best to find a product that guarantees 50 billion live bacteria at expiration date, not the manufactured date (which most of them are only guaranteed at manufacturing date... you have to hunt around). Most probiotic formulas are largely ineffective by the time you buy them. I take 2 probiotic capsules twice a day, morning and night. After I run out of a current strain, I choose another strain or two.

Replied by Trudy
Alabama, US
08/19/2014

Simply saying 'probiotics' is not helpful. Certain kinds can make your condition worse. I have ibs-d and some probiotics are really helpful; others trigger a flare (and my flares can take a year to resolve). I recommend starting slow. If it says something like 'regulates your bowels' and you tend toward diarrhea--stay away! Everyone just assumes that you are constipated and need help. I don't. I just want the diarrhea to stop.

Replied by Daniela
Somerest, NJ
08/20/2014

I used to suffer from diarrhea. What helped me 90% percent was good acupuncturist. I have it once in 3 months now. He fixed my back pain too. Never came back! I always left from the office so full of energy after 15 min treatment.

He also mentioned probiotics won't help you. But this could be different for individuals.

Just eat like people ate in ice age lol he said very simple food. No sauces or spices no sweets. No coffee!!!

$60 visit. I went there like every 2 weeks 6 times. Then again after 2 month here and there when I could afford it.

Herbalist may help you too.

Just an advice. Take care.

Replied by Patti
Texas, US
12/10/2014

I had ibs d for 35 years but in the last year I've gotten a big big improvement by taking a probiotic every day. I was scared to try it because my sis had a bad reaction from a probiotic. I had the pkg when she told me of her reaction but she didn't even know what she'd taken (brand) etc. I'm sure glad I finally got courage up to start taking it.

I'm taking Lactobacillus GG won't say the brand but it's well known and I get it at Walmart.


Raw Sauerkraut  

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn) on 12/22/2016

HI U OLE PATOOTS,,,,,,,,, got a wild hair and decided to make sauerkraut for the first time in my life. Have eaten canned sauerkraut all my life but all the enzymes have been killed in the process so you don't get the health benefit of the fermentation. This way I will, because it will not be canned and it will only have a limited shelf life.

After reading numerous recipes, I have concluded that they were all written prior to the invention of the vacuum saver. All you country folks know fermentation is anaerobic which means no air. Thus, you have to keep the cabbage submerged and then you can still have air pockets. I am modifying the procedure by using a half gallon Mason jar and pulling a vacuum on it and sealing. This way I am pretty sure there is no air commingling with the cabbage.

I thought about this project because there are few winter vegetables I can raise in my garden. This batch should get me through the winter. Also, my Tractor Driver only gave me counsel, I did the work. I read your mind.

Not all sauerkraut has health benefits. In order for sauerkraut to have a preventative effect for cancer, it needs to be raw. Raw naturally fermented sauerkraut contains lactic acid and the living probiotic microorganisms that are the agents of fermentation. Canned sauerkraut, pasteurized sauerkraut, or fully cooked sauerkraut does not have this healing power, because the microorganisms have been killed by extended exposure to high heat. Cooking and pasteurization also damages other cancer preventative properties.

Will send a photo when the process is complete.

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Recipe  

Posted by Shadel (Nebraska, US) on 03/09/2015

I read about a recipe to make your own probiotic. Having the ingredients, I neglected to write down the dosage after mixing. Does anyone know the dosage after mixing miso with warm water? Thanks for your answer which is much appreciated.


Weight Loss  

Posted by Larry (Fairfax, Va) on 04/25/2015

The probiotic strain, Christensenellaceae has been purported, based on scientific studies, to aid in weight loss. Does anyone know of the availability of supplements containg this probiotic strain?

Replied by Kt
Usa
04/25/2015

I just asked Google which probiotic contained that strain and several things came up that I just don't have the time to review. Just thought I'd pass it on...

Replied by Liz
Massachusetts
04/26/2015

Larry--I Google'd it and got many hits, but when I checked the specific ingredients in each probiotic supplement, the Christensenellaceae strain, nor the Christensenellaceae minutia strain was listed among them.

I didn't check the listed strains for all of the supplements that came up in the search (I checked about 5 of them), so perhaps if you keep digging, you'll find one.

If you don't find one, you could always try Granny Smith apples, which are said to promote the type gut flora that aids in weight loss.