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Go Pro Bacteria

Published: 18th March 2014 08:34 AM

Last Updated: 18th March 2014 08:34 AM

Called good bacteria, Probiotics are organisms which are said to aid the human body in improving health and maintaining it.

Although the idea of consuming good bacteria is not appreciated by all, most of the researches have concluded that probiotics help in digesting food and in keeping the intestine healthy.

Their most common usage is treating diarrhoea or inflammation of the intestines. Eczema, an allergy caused in few people by consumption of cow’s milk, is also being treated by consumption of probiotics.

At times, consumption of antibiotics kills good bacteria as well. Probiotics are used to treat such conditions. Also, they are said to help build immune system and thereby prevent infections. Although not much evidence has been established, of late probiotics are also being used to treat vaginitis and irritable bowel syndrome.

These days, , it is most often being used to counter constipation. Although, taking probiotics in moderate amounts is said to help keep the bowel healthy, problems like constipation cannot be handled by consuming probiotics alone. Doctors suggest that including at least 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables in your diet helps solve the problem.

Variations

Probiotics are available as health drinks, fermented milk supplements, powders, pills etc.

It is not important whether you consume it as a drink or pop a pill, as long as the dose contains enough number of bacteria. Usually, a 100 ml drink contains anywhere between 50 million to 1 trillion live cells. There is nothing to be scared, that is the normal dosage level.

Despite the many benefits, many people might still not comfortable with the idea of consuming good bacteria. There is a safe and natural way to do it: add a cup of Yogurt to your daily menu. Gouda cheese too has strains of good bacteria.

Also there are something called prebiotics. These organisms promote the growth of good bacteria. And you don’t need to take a pill, as prebiotics are found in foods like honey, bananas, oats, red wine, legumes and many more.

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