Probiotics

Friday, May 03, 2013

Probiotics are very similar to the healthy bacteria already living in your digestive system. Studies have shown that they can help maintain a healthy digestive system. Dr. Edward Hill discusses probiotics in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Probiotics are live microorganisms normally found in the intestines. They are also sometimes called good or healthy bacteria. It is thought that they help maintain a healthy digestive system and limit the growth of unhealthy bacteria.

A healthy digestive system has the right balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria. If that balance is disrupted, it may affect your health. Some medical studies have shown that probiotics may:

Prevent or treat some gastrointestinal illness, including infectious diarrhea, diarrhea after using antibiotics, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, and

Prevent and reduce the severity of colds or influenza

Probiotics can be found naturally in some foods, including yogurt, soy milk and sauerkraut. You can also find them added to many different snack foods and drinks. Probiotics are also available as supplements in a powder or pill form.

Studies have not shown probiotics to be harmful, but you should talk to your family doctor before you start taking probiotics or any type of dietary supplement.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.