Probiotics are a little known, but important dietary supplement for health. Probiotics are bacteria that assist in maintaining a healthy balance of microflora in the intestines. Microflora is simply a fancy way of saying the microorganism population of the intestines.
While the prospect of supplementing with a bacteria seems like a strange concept, the benefits of using a probiotic are numerous. Decreased, or lowered levels of beneficial bacteria can contribute to infections and intestinal issues. Supplementing with a probiotic can:
- Help relieve or minimize symptoms related to diarrhea.
- Help reduce inflammation, and work to relieve conditions such as IBD (inflammatory bowel disease).
- Work to prevent intestinal and digestive system infections.
- Relieve gas and intestinal cramping.
If you have stomach or digestion issues, or you simply find that as you age you are more prone to diarrhea, probiotic supplementation may be just what you need.
Have you tried a probiotic supplement? Has it helped?