How are Probiotics Beneficial for Health?

You must have seen health care people prescribing probiotics in certain medical conditions, especially when on is down with gastrointestinal problems. And if you are interested to know about what these probiotics are and how they are beneficial for health, then here are the answers to your questions.The moment you hear the word bacteria, the image that comes to your mind is of notorious microscopic creatures which always seem to spell trouble. But well, bacteria aren’t always bad; there are the good ones too like the ones found in curds. Some bacteria are in fact essential to our health, because they help in certain metabolic activities in our bodies. And probiotics are such healthy and important bacteria.

Probiotics are naturally present in our intestines, and their absence or scarcity can lead to a range of gastrointestinal problems.  So when your physician advises you to take probiotics supplements, he is trying to improve your gastrointestinal health, and thus alleviate the problem naturally.

Probiotics are nothing but especially cultured bacteria, which are important for the proper functioning of the human digestive system. Do not consider probiotics as medicines, because these are completely safe and natural and are advised as a nutritional supplement. Another thing that is quite exciting about probiotics is that these can help in the treatment of a wide range of health problems.

Also, probiotics can be administered to people of any age group, right from infants to old people. In infants probiotics come in handy for providing relief against colic, while in adults probiotics may be used to treat IBS, Constipation, stomach ulcers, Diarrhea, gastric, acid reflux and many more problems of the elementary canal. While probiotics are mostly recommended for digestive problems, these have been found to be helpful in dealing with certain skin problems, for instance eczema.

Probiotics, which as we said are naturally present in the gastrointestinal track, help in the synthesizing of vitamins and in the absorption of minerals. If these bacteria weren’t to exist in the intestines, all the most of the vitamins and minerals in your food would pass out with the stool and go waste, leading to a deficiency of these nutrients in the body. So it’s not just the digestive track that will be affected if these bacteria go missing or scarce, but even your immune system and your overall health will suffer.

Sidharth Thakur