There are few drugs created exclusively for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms, which include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation. But there are probiotics. Probiotics which mean “for life” are supplements that contain selected strains of friendly bacteria that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition such as decreasing the inflammation in your gut due to IBS.
What Do Probiotics Do?
Probiotics improve the intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines which can become damaged due to intestinal problems. Probiotics help our bodies fight the “bad” bacteria. They simply alleviate intestinal disorders such as IBS, and they help to prevent infection by fighting off bacteria that causes diarrhea.
Probiotics and the Immune System
Probiotics help maintain a strong immune system, even in healthy individuals. Often times ones’ immune system isn’t being properly challenged by pathogenic organisms, but by introducing the friendly bacteria in the form of probiotics, the immune system gets challenged in healthy ways. They simply fight off the bad bacteria and keep people from catching a cold or getting sick.
Where Probiotics Can Be Found
You can find probiotics in cultured dairy products, such as kefir, yogurt and cheese. It can also be found in spices, tea, red wine, berries, apples and beans. Dannon’s Activia is a good choice and is considered the “new generation” of yogurts that has a probiotic culture. You can also find probiotic supplements such as TruBiotics, Nature Made, Puritan’s Pride and much more, at local drug stores.
How Much Do I Take?
When taking probiotics to relieve your IBS symptoms, these probiotics need to be taken in sufficient amounts in order to truly benefit your health. Take probiotics consistently without any down time. An average amount is generally 2-10 billion CFU (Colony Forming Units). So keep that in mind next time you go to purchase your probiotics!
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