Taking probiotics

We now know that balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria is essential for human health. However, there is a noticeable difference in the type and mixture of gut bacteria in people with IBD compared with those in people without bowel disease. In people with IBD there are fewer Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus, which are types of “good” bacteria. Research has suggested that by eating more of the beneficial bacteria (in food or as a supplement), it may be possible to achieve a better balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria in the gut, reduce inflammation in IBD as well as to help keep  bowel movements regular. 

Antibiotics fight bacterial infection. Therefore if you take them they may well begin to fight with the good bacteria in the gut causing an imbalance.  This often causes diarrhoea.  Taking probiotics with your antibiotic may help and is always a good idea. Add a probiotic supplement and increase your intake of probiotic yoghurt whilst you are taking antibiotics. We advise you to include probiotics in your diet. They are now believed to have anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting properties.

Why not make sure you add probiotic foods and/or supplements to your everyday diet?   You will be surprised how helpful they can be!

© Jonathan Wade 2014