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Probiotics and Whole Body Health: Why You Need “Good Bacteria”

Almost all of us are stricken with an issue that requires antibiotics at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, though antibiotics work well to cure illness and infection, they wreak havoc elsewhere in the body. With side effects like stomach cramps and diarrhea, antibiotics can have an especially unpleasant effect on the gastrointestinal system.  But probiotic supplements have proven to be a great way to counteract these effects.

In recent years there is a lot of hype about probiotics. You see them in commercials, magazine articles, and on grocery store shelves. But most are unaware that they can help with stomach problems caused by antibiotics. It makes sense; antibiotics kill harmful bacteria, but they also kill the “good” bacteria that help to keep the system balanced. Probiotics provide that beneficial bacteria, thereby restoring balance. In fact, probiotics aren’t just for those on medication; they are essential to whole body health for everyone.

Benefits and Evidence:       

Many studies have shown promising results in regards to probiotics. According to The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, clinical studies conducted since the 1990s “have established that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women.” The guide goes on to say that these forms of “good” bacteria help with proper digestion and absorption of nutrients, support immune function and keep harmful bacteria at bay. And the Mayo Clinic states that encouraging evidence suggests that probiotics can be beneficial in the treatment of diarrhea (especially diarrhea caused by antibiotics), help to lessen cold and flu symptoms or prevent illness altogether, treat irritable bowel syndrome and yeast and urinary tract infections, and even reduce recurrence of bladder cancer. They can also help to increase the effectiveness of certain vaccines. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (an agency of the National Institutes of Health) sites a study on probiotics conducted at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Ohio State University. This study observed “whether Lactobacillus acidophilus might enhance the immune-potentiating effects of an attenuated vaccine (a vaccine prepared from a weakened live virus) against human rotavirus infection—the most common cause of severe dehydrating diarrhea in infants and children worldwide.” Tests were conducted on newborn pigs, and it was found that probiotics in conjunction with a vaccine produced a better immune response than a vaccine alone. According to the NCCAM, “the researchers concluded that probiotics may offer a safe way to increase the effectiveness of rotavirus vaccine in humans.”

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