The human digestive system is complex and the food that we eat can have various effects on our health. One way to keep things running smoothly is to provide a good balance of friendly bacteria in the gut. Doing so not only helps maintain a healthy gut flora, but also assists with supporting immune function and mood as well.
A great way to encourage friendly bacteria is by taking probiotics.
Why take probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that serve as food for the body’s natural flora. They can be found in certain foods such as yoghurt, kefir and some cheeses, as well as in dietary supplements. Although there are other sources of probiotics (such as fermented foods), supplements are the most efficient way of ensuring optimal amounts at all times and for people who do not get enough from food sources.
What are the benefits of probiotics?
There are numerous benefits associated with baby probiotics, such as promoting a healthy gut flora, supporting overall health and well-being, and helping with digestive problems. However, they may not be right for everyone and some people may need to see a doctor before taking any supplements. Therefore, it is important to discuss the use of probiotics with your doctor first. Here are the benefits of probiotics:
- Promoting a healthy gut flora
Probiotics help to maintain a healthy balance of the bacteria in the gut. The bacteria that live in our intestines make up a large portion of our immune system, and developing an imbalance can have significant health effects. Taking probiotics can help improve digestive issues such as diarrhoea, constipation, gas and bloating by rebalancing the gut flora. They can also help support overall health and well-being as they may improve immune function and mood.
- Supporting overall health and well-being
Probiotics are also associated with supporting overall health and well-being. There is a growing body of research that shows that probiotics can help with a variety of health conditions, from digestive issues to skin problems and more. For example, there is evidence that probiotics may help treat or prevent food allergies as well as eczema (1). Probiotic supplements also seem to have an effect on the immune system by reducing response to allergens.
- Helping with digestive problems
Probiotics may also be able to improve digestive issues such as diarrhoea, constipation, gas and bloating. There is some evidence that they can help with irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (FDA 2013).
- Treating or preventing allergies
There is some evidence to suggest that probiotics help with treating or preventing allergies. This has been attributed to providing a protective effect on the immune system.
It is difficult to determine whether or not probiotics or organic formula for babies will help improve the health of someone who has a digestive issue, as there are many factors that may have contributed to said issue. However, overall there is plenty of evidence to suggest that they can be useful in supporting a healthy gut flora and provide support for overall health and well-being.