People who are suffering with:
Diarrhoea, especially when it’s linked to specific antibiotics.
Infectious Diarrhoea, especially in children.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD).
It is important to remember that not all probiotics behave the same way and have the same effects. Each has their own individual benefits.
The health benefits of probiotics include improving gut health, the immune system, and brain function. Studies have shown they can also help with constipation, blood pressure, skin health, and more.
They are sometimes called live cultures or “good” bacteria because they help keep your intestinal bacteria balanced.
When you are sick, bad bacteria enters your body and increases in number. This knocks your body out of balance. Good bacteria will work to fight off the bad bacteria and restore the balance within your body, make you feel better.
During illness, the bacteria in the gut are often unbalanced, especially when you suffer from a stomach virus, food poisoning, or have had to take antibiotics. Probiotics replenish your gut flora with good bacteria and can help to balance the immune system.
Probiotics can be beneficial for both adults and kids. Probiotics can also be used to help relieve constipation, acid reflux, diarrhoea, gas and eczema in children. .
However, it is important to talk to your child’s paediatrician before giving them any probiotics supplement.
Probiotics are generally considered safe. However, there are some risks linked to the supplements.
The most common side effects of probiotics include temporary gastrointestinal effects, such as gas or bloating, which may lead to belching or flatulence. Some yeast-based probiotics may also cause constipation.
There are a lot of requirements for a supplement to actually be a "true" probiotic, and unfortunately you won't ever see this on a label. Some of these requirements include:
Being a strain of bacteria that's been isolated from a human
Being able to survive its journey through your gut to colonize
Having been clinically validated to show a health benefit
For most people, it takes 2 to 3 weeks to feel significant benefits when they start taking probiotics.
That’s because probiotics need time to accomplish their three key goals: