Microorganisms are known for their ability to cause disease. However, probiotics are microorganisms that are good for you, and have been shown to have a number of health benefits. Probiotics are naturally found in yogurt, kefir and strawberries, but can also be taken as a supplement.
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Below are some of the benefits that you can reap from consuming probiotics.
Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria enters the bladder or urethra. Women are more likely to develop urinary tract infections than men. Urinary tract infections are usually treated with antibiotics. However, it is estimated that 30 to 40 percent of urinary tract infections return.
Probiotics have been shown to be effective for preventing urinary tract infections. They help prevent the bad bacteria from entering the urinary tract. Probiotics can also help maintain the healthy bacteria inside of the urinary tract.
Doctors often encourage their patients to take probiotics to improve their digestion. There are thousands of healthy bacteria inside of the digestive tract that help support healthy digestion. However, frequent use of antibiotics can destroy this healthy bacteria. Probiotics can help restore healthy bacteria inside of the digestive tract. There has also been evidence to suggest that probiotics can help treat common digestive issues, such as diarrhea and bloating.
If you have been told that you need to reduce your cholesterol, then you will probably benefit from taking probiotics. There was a small study conducted by the American Heart Association that showed probiotics can potentially help lower bad cholesterol by up to 12 percent. It can also reduce total cholesterol by up to 9 percent.
Tooth decay is one of the problems that can result if your teeth are not cared for properly. However, it is important to note that poor oral hygiene does not only affect your mouth. Poor oral hygiene can cause heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy complications.
Consuming probiotics is one of the things that you can do to protect your teeth. They can kill the bacteria that causes tooth decay.
Prevent Yeast Infection
The human vagina is filled with bad and good bacteria. If there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria, then it can lead to yeast infections. Getting pregnant, taking birth control pills and diabetes can put you at risk for developing a yeast infection.
Probiotics can help prevent yeast infections by preventing the overgrowth of bad bacteria. They can also protect you from bacterial vaginosis, which is another condition that can occur if there is an overgrowth of bacteria.