Bacteria are microorganisms commonly associated with the spread of infectious disease, but did you know that not all bacteria are bad for your health? Probiotics are certain types of bacteria found in fermented foods such as yogurt or available as supplements which promote overall good health and wellbeing. The term 'Probiotic' literally means "For Life".
Some of the major health benefits of probiotics are as follows:
- Optimizing the Gut Ecosystem: The natural balance between the healthy and harmful bacteria in your gastrointestinal system is maintained with consumption of adequate amounts of probiotics, which helps improve digestion of food.
- Treating Diarrhea: Probiotics are known to control or treat diarrhea associated with prolonged use of antibiotics as well as other causes. They may be an effective method of preventing Traveler’s Diarrhea.
- Reducing Allergy: Certain strains of probiotics may reduce the risk of allergies such as eczema in infants and children.
- Boosting Immunity: Probiotics help in the production of immune cells such as lymphocytes and antibodies that fight against disease-causing microorganisms.
- Improving Mental Health: Research studies have suggested that probiotics reduce anxiety, depression, and stress and may contribute to improving memory.
- Healthy Weight Loss: Some probiotics may inhibit of absorption of fat from the intestines. They are also known to increase the levels of certain hormones (for example: GLP-1) that cause you to burn more calories.
- Good for the Heart: Regular consumption of probiotics have been known to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol as well as high blood pressure.
- Treating Gastrointestinal Disease: Probiotics are may have a positive effect on conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and H. pylori infection.
Over the last few decades probiotics have been recommended by digestive disease specialists to treat gastroenterology disorders that have failed to respond to conventional medicine. Contact the specialists at Greater Houston Gastroenterology to find out if you might benefit from probiotic therapy.
Greater Houston Gastroenterology is the largest full-service gastroenterology group in the Houston metropolitan area, bringing high quality, cost-effective personalized care to patients from The Woodlands and North Houston to Sugar Land, Richmond, Pearland, and Angleton. Please reach out of us if you have questions or would like additional information.