How Probiotics Can Help With Constipation


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Probitoics-BacteriaIf you are constantly constipated and nothing seems to help, you should try using probiotics. There is evidence today to show that probiotics will help not just with chronic constipation, but other digestive disorders as well.

What are probiotics? They are friendly bacteria that live in the gut. They are also found in the mouth and the throat as well as in the vaginal tract.

How can bacteria be friendly? Doesn’t it cause disease? Yes, most bacteria are harmful organisms that cause us to get sick, but probiotics are bacteria that will attack harmful bacteria and kill them off. They exist in the millions in the intestinal tract, and they come in many different strains. By killing harmful bacteria, they will either stop you from getting ill, or cure already existing illness.

We are all born with probiotics, but as we age, they get less and less. It usually because of lifestyle and diet, and taking of antibiotics – they kill probiotics. If you notice, after a course of antibiotics, you sometimes get diarrhea; it’s because the organisms that would protect you from inflammation and disease have all been killed off. You need to replace them.

How do probiotics work to cure constipation?

When you are constipated, it’s a sign that something is not right in your gut. Constipation is most often related to lack of enough water and dietary fiber, but you may have enough of these and still get constipation. It means that your digestive system is not functioning as it should.

Probiotics will go in and correct the malfunction. Probiotics exist in our gut to give balance to digestive processes. Lack of enough friendly bacteria will lead to digestive problems of different kinds, depending on the kind of probiotics are missing. Lack of enough of the lactobacilli strain, for instance will cause lactose intolerance.

When you take probiotics, you are replacing the friendly bacteria that have been killed off. Because a dose of probiotics will have so many different strains of the bacteria, you will have replaced those that will aid you to digest food and expel waste on time.

Where can you get probiotics?

Probiotics occur in nature, and the best way to take them is in your diet. You can get them in milk and milk products like cheeses, yoghurt, fermented milk and any other milk products that are common to your diet. Garlic is also an excellent source of probiotics, especially when taken raw. Just dice a clove into small bits and then swallow with water regularly. Vinegar is another excellent source of probiotics, especially apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar of Modena. For most people, the most commonly available is yoghurt. Taking at least a glass a day is going to give you the probiotic balance you need.

There are probiotic supplements as well, and you can get some good ones over the counter. Check the label to ensure that each gram of the probiotic supplement has at least 2 billion organisms.

The dietary course, of course, is better for you in the long run. Try and incorporate a kind of probiotic source into your meals and you will notice that you get constipation relief and hardly have digestive disorders.

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Jeff Fields November 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm

One of the interesting things about probiotics is that when they are eating fiber in your colon, they naturally release short-chain fatty acids. These little acids act as the fuel for the colon’s cells. Essentially, probiotics fuel the colon’s ability to contract normally, thus relieving constipation!

Jen R May 9, 2011 at 1:23 am

I read the following posts on Dr. Know’s blog, so looks like research continues to show probiotics are great for constipation.

http://www.knowguff.com/2011/03/probiotic-improve-constipation-in.html

http://www.knowguff.com/2011/03/probiotics-improve-bowel-movements.html

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