Gut health and Probiotics

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What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are microorganisms which are similar to the beneficial bacteria that are found naturally occurring in the human gut. Having healthy bacteria in the right numbers means an improved digestion, enhanced immune function, healthier skin and better weight management. Probiotic supplement maintain and also help replenish the numbers of beneficial bacteria which are depleted during various illnesses or when under medication

Is it safe to consume Probiotics?

Probiotics are generally safe. In rare cases, one may experience bloating, abdominal discomfort when starting probiotic consumption. This is because your stomach adjusts to the probiotics. These symptoms should go away in a few days. However, if you have any medical condition or during pregnancy and lactation, do consult a doctor before starting a regime.

What are the key benefits of Probiotic supplements? 

Probiotics support digestion, skin health, immune system and absorption of various nutrients from the food. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria and hence they help improve your digestive health. Probiotics are known to alleviate the symptoms of diarrhea, IBS, and other digestive disorders. There is a direct correlation between the quality of gut microflora and your immune system. Probiotics also confer beneficial effects on your skin. There is evidence that proves the role of probiotics in helping protein digestion and absorption in the gut. They also facilitate absorption of vitamin D and vitamin K.

Do Probiotic supplements really work?

There is a high quality scientific evidence that probiotics are effective against lot of gut related issues/ disorders including diarrhea, IBS, functional gastrointestinal disorders etc.

Supplementation with probiotics has been studied and shown to help reduce the severity and duration of gastrointestinal illness.

Probiotics also help in digestion and absorption of protein. They also reduce harmful protein fermentation and thus prevent toxicity from such metabolites.

Early science also links probiotics to skin health.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28762696
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25339255
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29769003
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0190962214014078