Probiotics are a type of living bacteria that confer a health benefit on their consumers when taken in the appropriate amounts. They live in the human gastrointestinal tract and act as a balancing agent for harmful gut-bacteria such as Candida albicans and E. coli. A low population of probiotics in your intestine may give rise to a number of bacteria-related health problems such as stomach bloating, indigestion, candidiasis, lactose intolerance, headaches, irritability, anxiety and even colon cancer. The most common forms of intestinal probiotics include Bifidobacteria bifidum and L. acidophilus.
Probiotics aid gastrointestinal health in the human body and facilitate the digestion of food. They enhance immune system response and reduce lactose intolerance. A healthy population of probiotics in the gut helps reduce risk of vaginitis, candidiasis, and yeast infections and reduces negative effects of antibiotic medications. Moreover, they help reduce the symptoms of many digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea and bloated stomach. Another health benefit of probiotics is that they promote synthesis of vitamin B-12 and absorption of calcium in the gut. Last but not the least; probiotics help minimise the risk of tumours in the gastrointestinal tract.
An unhealthy lifestyle, acidic diets, stress and depression may destroy the natural amounts of probiotics in your gut. Therefore, make sure that you use a probiotic supplement on a regular basis. Natures Aid Probiotic Complex providing L.Acidophillus and Bifidus with 100m is a popular brand on the market that provides “friendly” bacteria which may help to maintain a healthy balance in the gut, especially when travelling abroad and after taking antibiotics. It also contains prebiotic “FOS” which feeds the friendly bacteria in the gut.