Probiotics and Digestive Ailments


There are many conditions that can plague the digestive system of not only humans but most animals, too.  Can a probiotic help? 


Many studies have shown that there is a possible benefit in taking a multi-strain probiotic either in food or as a supplement.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease and other digestive issues are not only painful but have a tremendous adverse effect on how those who suffer are able to go about their daily lives. If you suffer from any of these conditions you know you must be constantly aware of what you eat and how it may affect your body.  You may have to run to the nearest bathroom, be hit by bouts of gas and bloating, have constant, noisy stomach rumbling or simply have to head straight home because of the pain and discomfort. These conditions affect millions of people around the world, wreaking havoc on their social life, home life, emotional, mental and physical well-being.


Probiotics have always been present in pickled and fermented foods and many cultures around the world have their own special fermented delights.  In Korea, delicious, spicy Kim Chi is eaten every day.  In Asian countries Kombucha Tea is used, as well as miso. The Germans have sauerkraut, of course and people the world over have had certain cheeses and yogurt to help keep that good, healthy bacteria growing and propagating our gut and digestive system. 



But how many of us are eating our fermented foods on a daily basis?  Whether it is the taste of the foods, the availability or just not being consistent, the vast majority of the population does not get enough of these foods in our diet. 


Yogurt is the most common form of ferme. As we mentioned earlier, many studies now point to the positive effects of a probiotic supplement on the devastating effects of digestive disorders.  Restoring your body’s good bacterial balance can result in a reduction in pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohne’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Disease and other painful conditions.


A study at London’s King’s College Hospital discovered a reduction in IBS symptoms in 57 percent of participants. In recent years, studies all over the world have been showing positive results in the use of certain probiotic strains that help decrease or even eliminate the many symptoms of IBS.