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Probio-what? Probiotic!

Cereal with Yogurt and Blueberries

 

Enthusiasm for probiotics (or good bacteria) has been on the rise for many years. If we were to believe some of the advertising, they would be vital to the functioning of your intestines. Let’s make things clear: probiotics will not necessarily settle your digestive problems, but they can help rebalance your digestive tract flora.

The impact of probiotics
Many factors can reduce the quantity of good bacteria in your intestines: age, antibiotics, the pH of your intestines, inflammation, and digestive problems. Consuming probiotics can help increase the quantity of good bacteria in your intestines. They could also have many benefits, such as:

  • Helping to fight or prevent symptoms associated with digestive tract infections (e.g., turista, C. difficile);
  • Reducing diarrhea, constipation or symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome;
  • Preventing or treating allergies or certain reactions of the immune system (e.g., eczema, inflammatory bowel diseases);
  • Helping to fight or prevent vaginal yeast infections.

Furthermore, the type of benefit depends on the strain of bacteria. For example, some strains are destined to children, others to travelers, and others still to people suffering from constipation. Make sure you have the probiotics associated with the problem your wish to relieve or avoid. Also, remember that probiotics do not stay permanently in your intestines: to feel the benefits, you have to eat them every day or every other day!

In short, probiotics cannot treat any sicknesses, and further research is required to clarify their exact role. Nonetheless, all yogurts, dairy drinks, and fermented milk that contain bacteria cultures are nutritive foods that are easily integrated into a balanced lifestyle.

By Vanessa Martin

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Vanessa Martin

A newcomer to Nautilus Plus, Vanessa Martin holds a degree in nutrition from the Université de Montréal and is a member in good standing of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec. She also works in the hospital setting and loves to blog in her spare time. Passionate and versatile, Vanessa plans on enhancing her knowledge in the field of psychology with an eye to better guiding and motivating the habit-changing endeavors of her clients. Member of a running club, she enjoys taking part in the competitions organized in her area. Vanessa is currently training for a 21 km race and would like to run her first marathon!


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