Should I take probiotics?
The body’s balance between friendly (probiotic) bacteria and bad (pathogenic) bacteria is fragile, and can easily be disrupted by environmental factors such as medicines (e.g. antibiotics), poor diet, and stress. Many people are hence left with an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria, and a diminished variety and quantity of probiotics in the intestines. An imbalance of good and bad bacteria can result in conditions including bloating, poor immunity, low energy levels, food intolerances or allergies, skin irritations such as acne or eczema, indigestion, heartburn, constipation or diarrhoea, IBS, IBD, Candida overgrowth and/or thrush.
Research shows that a good balance of bacteria such as acidophilus can help to maintain healthy digestion, a strong immune system and overall wellbeing. Evidence continues to suggest that a healthy immune system begins in the gut.
If in doubt, why not try a course of probiotics and see how you feel? You should feel a difference with a high quality probiotic.
Note: Probiotics are not recommended for severely immunosuppressed patients, infants with short bowel syndrome (SBS), post cardiac surgery patients, patients with pancreatitis, patients with Type 1 diabetes, patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), or patients with blood in the stool; unless under a doctor’s care.