Antibacterial soap, antibacterial hand sanitizer, antibiotics – we live in a world where we are taught from a young age that bacteria is bad, and to our shock and horror we also have the pleasure of knowing that the digestive tract of every human being is filled with creeping colonies of gut flora or gut bacteria.
However, contrary to popular belief, some of these microbiota are not all bad. Enter probiotics to save the day! This type of bacteria can be very beneficial to our overall digestive health. So how do these friendly microscopic organisms help to keep our guts in check?
Digestive Health is Important
Probiotics are living microorganisms that serve many valuable functions to the human digestive tract. They assist in the digestion of food, produce essential vitamins in the gut, and even kill other microorganisms that are harmful to us. These little guys are like a literal army in our body! But still, many people suffer with digestive issues, and the causes can vary greatly. More and more information is showing that poor gut health can take a large toll on overall health, as well. Luckily, probiotics have shown to help with the symptoms of many digestive tract conditions. Although it can be taboo to talk about diarrhea, we have all suffered with the uncomfortable symptoms of this condition. Sometimes it is unavoidable as it can be brought on by prescription medications that we must take. However, evidence has shown that probiotics can help to ease this uncomfortable ailment. Many people also report the ease of the symptoms of IBS and IBD with the use of this marvelous bacteria. Evidence has also shown that they may help with an array of other seemingly unrelated issues like the common skin condition, eczema, as well as hay fever. There is even evidence that probiotics can support oral health and may help to prevent or treat tooth decay and periodontal disease!