Probiotics are an important part of keeping a healthy, clean digestive and intestinal tract. They help keep the walls of the intestines clean because they help get rid of the “bad” destructive bacteria that destroys the health and integrity of the organ and also causes things like gas, bloating and constipation.
Probiotics, or good bacteria, kill or keep the bad stuff at bay by inhabiting the walls of the intestine and allowing for the free flow of digestion and waste elimination. In other words, they can be the difference between comfort and total discomfort all the time.
However, not a lot of people get foods that contain these healthy bacterium every day. They are found in fermented foods like kefer, sauerkraut and others as well as in dairy products like yogurt. You can get them in a supplement form, but the actual foods are the best source.
Another area that probiotics have been shown to help is in keeping yeast infections at bay. Yeast infections are caused by out of control bacterial growths which can be controlled by the healthy flora probiotics offer.
These problems often are started or exacerbated by the use of antibiotics, which just as the name implies, act as blockers to probiotics, often resulting in things like yeast infections. Some doctors even go so far as to prescribe or recommend probiotics to patients they put on antibiotics for infections like strep throat and the like.
But these organisms may not just be useful for vaginal and digestive health. They may also have use for the common cold. Recent studies suggest that supplementing with certain doses of probiotics actually seemed to help shorten the duration and severity of the common cold. Could these organisms also somehow affect viral and bacterial infections?
More studies may be underway. What I can tell you is that even though science seems to not want to support the fact that probiotics even help with digestion and elimination, I’ve seen a remarkable difference myself when taking them particularly in a greens supplement when I’m having issues with it.
There is no other explanation than these things just simply work. Now as to what the other uses may be for them in the future? That’s all for science to decide!