A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. Scientists are learning more each day about the role of microbes in keeping people healthy and the multitude of health benefits associated with consuming the right type and levels of probiotic microbes.
Research suggests that probiotic bacteria can:
- Improve digestive function
- Help with side effects of antibiotic therapy
- Help reduce the risk of certain acute common infectious diseases
- Improve tolerance to lactose
- Enhance immune function
Some studies also report that certain probiotics can play a role in reducing the development of allergy in children, decrease Helicobacter pylori colonization of the stomach and manage relapse of some inflammatory bowel conditions.
I have not taken a daily probiotic but use them to reset my digestive system. You should always consult your doctor if you are unsure of the duration of probiotic use is needed.
Here are some of my favorite probiotics that I reach for when my digestion has been disrupted. Depending on your symptoms or condition probiotics may be taken daily or for a specified period of time.