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Probiotics Part 2


We continue to look at the benefits of probiotics:

URINARY HEALTH

If you like thousands of people in the US suffer from urinary tract infections, probiotics could be the answer you have been waiting for.  There is plenty of research to suggest regular use of probiotics can prevent bad bacteria from invading the urinary tract.  As previously mentioned if there is plenty of good bacteria in your system there is simply no room for bad bacteria.

It is extremely common for women to suffer infections of the urinary tract.  Yes the majority of these infections do go with a dose of antibiotics but unfortunately once you have had one spout of infection it will very likely return.

WOMENS HEALTH

Very similarly to the digestive trait the vagina heavily relies on a good balance between bad and good bacteria.  When there is a slight difference in the balance it is very common for women to get very uncomfortable infections.  Classic examples include a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis.  Although a bacterial vaginosis can result in a yeast infection if left untreated.

There are lots of things (many out of your control) that can affect the balance such as the environment, stress levels, medication and changes in diet.

Probiotics can help keep an active infection under control and reduce some of the symptoms.  It is worth noting that the probiotic product needs to be taken as suppositories for it to have maximum effect rather than orally (as food).

Probiotics play a special role for pregnant ladies.  There is a strong link between pregnancy and bacterial vaginosis.  In fact it has been indicated that this infection if left untreated can contribute towards premature labor.

IMMUNITY

Surprising to many, good bacteria can help stimulate the immune system.  A person who regularly eats probiotic foods such as natural yoghurt can improve the health of their immune system.

It is important to remember that any product containing probiotics is a live product and will not do you any good if they are ‘dead’.  Therefore ensure the product is well within date.  The last thing you want to do is to purchase a product where the supplement/product exceeds the lifespan of the probiotic.  To maximize the life cycle of the product store somewhere cool and dry, ideally in the fridge where possible.

As previously mentioned if you choose not to take probiotics on a consistent basis, it is recommended that you take them when you are on anti-biotics.  Antibiotics are very effective at killing any type of bacteria in your body – the good and the bad.  Replace any loss in good bacteria with probiotics.

If you are unsure whether probiotics will help you, seek advice from your doctor who will be able to provide the best course of action.

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