What are the Health Benefits of Probiotocs?
The probiotic term is used to name bacteria useful for the organism, which can restore the proper balance of intestinal flora. The WHO (World Health Organization) defines the concept as "live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health beneﬁt on the host". But what are these benefits?
In our body numerous types of intestinal bacteria work together to maintain a normal balance of the human intestine. However, certain factors such as stress, malnutrition, infection, drugs or antibiotics, throw off this natural balance, promoting the overgrowth of harmful bacteria, which can make the organism more susceptive to infections caused by Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria, to mention only a few. Moreover, they can also lead to gastrointestinal disturbances such as stomach cancer or ulcerative colitis.
At this point comes the role of probiotics: administered in an adequate amount, they restore the intestinal flora balance and promote the proper functioning of the immune system.
Probiotics can not overdose. In general we can say that there is no contraindication against probiotics. It is impossible to overdose, the excess intake of probiotics naturally depletes from the body.
In some situations, during spring or autumn, for instance, when the body is more susceptible to diseases, their use is recommended to prevent illnesses, also during recovery periods to strengthen the immune system.
Hereinafter we sum up the benefits of probiotics.
- support/strenghten the immune system
- help the digestive system work better
- reduce digestive upset
- help with gas and bloating
- reduce gastrointestinal discomfort
- relieve unpleasant symptoms of diarrhea