I talk with the patients of my San Diego based Chiropractic Clinic about digestive disorders and how probiotics improve health on a regular basis. This may surprise some of you who think that the only issues that chiropractors deal with are neck pain, back pain and headaches.
Probiotics Improve Health On Many Levels
Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that are similar to those found in the human digestive tract. With more and more frequency, probiotics are found in foods such as milkshakes, baby food, yogurts, smoothies, snack bars, cereals, baby formula and even chocolate. These probiotic rich foods carry labels of large companies like Dannon and Kraft.
The experts say that these probiotics improve health and are safe but that more research is needed in order to fully understand all of the benefits.
“Adding to the health trend created by probiotics is the development of probiotics which contain fiber and other nutrients that feed probiotic bacteria. In 2007, more than 150 probiotic and prebiotic commercial food products were introduced into the U.S. market, compared with 100 in 2006 and just 40 in 2005.
Many probiotic products haven’t been put to a rigorous scientific test, but there is plenty of evidence that in large amounts, some kinds of “friendly” bacteria can be quite helpful.
Studies have shown that certain probiotics help treat or prevent some types of gastroenteritis, diarrhea and allergic skin reactions, and the probiotics are being investigated for many other ailments.
A Canadian study published last month suggested that fermented milk containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus casein could help prevent antibiotic-related diarrhea.
A study from Finland published this year found that an oat drink containing Bifidobacterium lactis bacteria helped bowel function in nursing home residents.
Scientists in Argentina are investigating whether milk fermented with lactic acid bacteria might reduce amounts of cancer-causing substances in the intestine.
University of California at Los Angeles researchers are looking at whether probiotic supplements can treat allergy-induced skin rashes in babies.
Israeli scientists are studying whether these supplements can improve complications in liver disease.
The concept that probiotics improve health is not a new concept. We have known for years that yogurt with acidophilus can help with digestive issues. These new ways of utilizing probiotics help emphasize the benefits of a wider range of foods.”