Probiotics for Upset Stomach

‘I stumbled on probiotics by shear chance’, says Ruben Stone. ‘After a severe stomach upset, my wife brought home these little drinks called ‘Good Belly’. I was surprised that they tasted quite good, a little tart, but tasty. The following day, my stomach was better. I couldn’t believe it. These probiotics must really be working’.Probiotics for Upset Stomach

According to both the Food and Agriculture and the World Health Organization, probiotics are “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” Indeed, even the word “probiotics,” which means “for life” can make us highly optimistic about its potential benefits.

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Research shows that probiotics provide relief for the following illnesses:

  • Diarrhea
  • Yeast and urinary tract infections
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammation after colon surgery
  • Intestinal infections
  • Eczema in children
  • Bladder cancer

Probiotics use in Preventative Medicine

Probiotics are not only effective for treating serious illnesses, they also protect a healthy bowel. Some studies show that probiotics aid in digestion while protecting the body from harmful bacteria. Research is very impressive. There was a study in Sweden in 2006 that found that employees who were given the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri missed less work due to respiratory or gastrointestinal illness than did employees who did not receive the probiotic.

Other studies suggest that probiotics can be used as preventative medicine for the following illnesses and conditions:

Colon Cancer: Some studies have found that probiotics may exert anti-carcinogenic effects by decreasing the activity of an enzyme called b-glucuronidase, which is ca[able of generating carcinogens in the digestive system

High Cholesterol: By breaking down bile in the gut, probiotics can inhibit its re-absorption. This is important, since bile re-enters the bloodstream as cholesterol

High Blood Pressure: Some studies show that milk fermented with probiotics can cause a modest reduction in blood pressure.

Infections: Taking probiotics may improve immune function, which will in turn help you fight infections. Research shows that probiotics may increase your proportion of T lymphocytes, which are also known as Natural Killer Cells. They are responsible for preventing respiratory tract infections and diarrhea.

Inflammation: Clinic trials suggest that probiotics can prevent inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and crohn’s disease.

Lactose Intolerance: Some probiotics can help lactose intolerant people tolerate dairy products

Since taking antibiotics can kill off your “good” bacteria, many physicians are now suggesting that their patients supplement these drugs with some sort of probiotic.

Foods Rich in Probiotics

Cultured dairy products are an excellent source of probiotics. If you eat these products with such foods as spices, tea, red wine, berries, apples and beans, their effect is multiplied. Anyone who experiences chronic bloating and other digestive disorders may be interested in trying Dannon’s Activia. According to research, these disorders are caused by slow intestinal transit time. Dannon’s Activia contains a probiotic known as Bifidus Reularis, which helps regulate your digestive system by speeding up intestinal transit time.

If you are completely lactose intolerant, a company called Good Belly makes a non-dairy probiotic drink. It contains the probiotic known as Lp299v, which has been shown to be effective relief for people with irritable bowel syndrome.

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