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Probiotics Do Aid Digestion

Probiotics After years of study, scientists do have evidence that probiotics are beneficial to our health. While probiotics are traditionally found in fermented milk products such as yogurt, food producers are adding probiotics to a variety of foods. These probiotic-enhanced foods are often known as functional foods and have exploded onto the food market. So, with new products entering the market daily that contain these healthy bacteria, could adding some functional foods to your diet be the ticket to a healthier digestive tract?

Probiotics and Their Benefits

Probiotics are live microorganisms such as bacteria or yeast in a person’s digestive tract that provide a health benefit to their host by reducing toxic and allergenic substances in the intestine and colon. In fact, did you know that the human body contains well over a trillion bacteria weighing more than 3 lbs. in all? There’s a new fact to impress people with.

Benefits

Probiotics encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. They also reduce the inflammatory response to dairy products, helping with the digestion of lactose in milk. Also, Lactobacillus acidophilus helps you absorb B vitamins and vitamin K, along with fatty acids and minerals such as calcium.

Saccharomyces boulardii, a yeast strain, helps control diarrhea. A particularly difficult strain of unfriendly bacteria, Clostridium difficile, upsets the balance of friendly and unfriendly bacteria in the colon after antibiotics have killed other microorganisms. Saccharomyces boulardii helps check the growth of Clostridium difficile.

Probiotics have proven benefits and could be just the solution your GI tract needs. If you have digestive problems, schedule a time with one of our doctors at GI North to determine if probiotics or other treatment can help relieve some of your symptoms.

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