3 Things Probiotics Can Do For Your Overall Health

Probiotics seem to always be in the news. You may have heard about how these microorganisms, yeast being one of them, is supposed to be really good for our health. Evidently, they are found naturally in many foods, but they are also specifically added to various dairy products for increased health.

There are various myths about probiotics, such as that if one doesn’t work, none of them will, or such as yoghurt on its own being an excellent probiotic. None of these rumors are true, but what is true is that there are amazing health benefits to be received by consuming probiotics.

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Oral Health

It has now been demonstrated that consuming regular probiotics is very good for our oral health.

“It is believed that replacing bad bacteria with good can also help with oral issues such as: foul smelling breath, periodontal disease, tonsil stones, and other oral health issues. A recent study released by the International Journal of General Medicine found that the probiotic BLIS K12 is effective in preventing reoccurring infections in the mouth and throat in children, while a second study found the same potential benefits for adults. BLIS (bacteriocin-like-inhibitory substances) is a specific strain of streptococcus salivarius that may help promote healthy bacteria in the mouth when taken on a daily basis.” – Yahoo! Shine

Urinary Tract

Probiotics are marketed mainly for their fantastic effects on our digestion, and it cannot be denied that they work miracles for those with poor digestive health or IBS. However, their benefits go way beyond that and they also work miracles on the urimary tract, particularly for women.

“Probiotics make a nice compliment to antibiotics among people who suffer from urinary tract infections, according to the research. What’s more, there’s emerging evidence that regular probiotics can help prevent bad bacteria from invading the urinary tract by maintaining a population of healthy bacteria on the tract’s adherence sites.” – Food Matters

Skin Benefits

Believe it or not, taking regular probiotics even helps people with various skin conditions, nourishing and moisturizing their bodies. One of the skin conditions that is helped most significantly by taking probiotics is eczema.

“Studies have demonstrated that probiotics can prevent the onset of eczema in children, although they do not cure or prevent eczema in adults. Despite this, probiotics can be used to provide relief for the symptoms of eczema, including itching and irritation.” – 3 Fat Chicks

Although clearly only proven to be effective in adults, people who suffer with eczema know that it is children who need to most help. They struggle with the pain and the relentless itchiness and it is them who can end up with more permanent scars.

These are but a few of the many benefits that probiotics offer our bodies and they go well beyond the simple digestive benefits. Clearly, taking a probiotic supplement once a day is more than just a fad, but rather is something that can really benefit you. Considering it also lowers cholesterol, it is clear that we should all have some.