What Are Probiotics For?
Probiotics for women and men are microorganisms that are believed to provide health benefits when consumed….wikipedia
Probiotic is a word that has been getting a lot of press and attention these days. It seems that we wake up every morning to a new and better health idea.
Let’s see if we can make some sense of the probiotics craze. The term probiotic is currently used to name ingested microorganisms associated with beneficial effects to humans.
It is claimed that probiotics offer benefits to men and women of all ages, including pregnant women. Probiotics are generally considered safe (a study of 341 pregnant women found that probiotics are safe and support overall health) however it will be best to check with your doctor before changing your diet or taking new supplements.
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that support digestion and other processes in the body. There are over 400 types of bacteria found in the digestive tract. These are considered to be good for you type bacteria that will help you to break down food and even help fight off harmful invaders, too.
Let’s take a closer look at how probiotics benefit women.
Probiotics for Women Benefits
It is known that women are more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal disorders than men. Research shows women who take probiotics regularly experience relief and have less difficulty with bowel movements.
Not only do probiotics help digestion, probiotics also help with absorption of key nutrients, help enhance the immune system, helps balance out mood swings, and helps with the memory retention part of your life
Probiotics During and After Pregnancy
There are lots of women who suffer from constipation during pregnancy. There are cases, however, that pregnant women suffer the opposite effect — temporary diarrhea. Probiotics can help with this as well, as they help to slow the passage of food through the digestive tract. This helps to regulate digestion; the slower movement of food also means a better chance for nutrient absorption, which is important during pregnancy for your health and the health of your baby.
Probiotics Are Available In Different Ways
However, you ingest them, be aware that different individuals may respond differently. For pregnant women, yogurt and kefir may not be ideal. This is particularly true when morning sickness is a problem. And, not all yogurt contains probiotics. Look for the phrase ‘contains live cultures’ and review which cultures are included.
Remember to read and understand the label so you know what you’re putting into your and your baby’s body.
Probiotics can also be found in fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and pickles. There are also pill probiotic supplements available from health food stores if you have trouble eating such things. Please remember to check with your doctor first.
Taking probiotics while pregnant or breastfeeding is generally considered safe, as probiotics stay in the digestive tract and do not enter the blood. That means that they will in no way reach a developing fetus or a breastfeeding baby.
So there you have it. Some information on the ‘next big’ good for you health fix.
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