what are probiotics

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Probiotics are “good” bacteria that can be found in either food products or supplements and can be beneficial to our health. In recent years they have been common in different forms such as yogurts, sachets, capsules and tablets.

Although probiotics are considered to be safe for healthy people of any age, people who suffer with conditions affecting their immune system or whose immune system does not work correctly could put themselves at risk by taking probiotics and should speak to a doctor or qualified dietitian before doing so.

Probiotics are reported to help to restore the balance of the gut bacteria which enables the body to work at its best.

What are Probiotics used for?

  • Probiotics may be beneficial for people who have to take a course of antibiotics as they may help to protect you them from suffering with diarrhoea when they take them.
  • Dietitians and clinical researchers have found that a probiotic milk drink containing a specific combination of probiotics can prevent older people in hospital who are on antibiotics from getting C-Diff. (Clostridium Difficile).
  • A review has shown that overall, probiotics can reduce people’s chance of getting Travellers’ diarrhoea whilst abroad. In places where travellers’ diarrhoea is common, people sometimes opt to take the probiotics for the length of the holiday or period of travel.
  • Certain probiotics can help reduce the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Some probiotics have been shown to be useful for patients who suffer with ulcertative colitis.


A way to boost your own natural good bacteria within the gut is to eat prebiotics. Not as commonly heard of as probiotics, prebiotics are types of carbohydrate that only the bacteria in our gut can feed on. By eating prebiotic foods or taking prebiotic supplements, this causes more good bacteria to grow in your gut.

Prebiotics are sourced by eating foods including:

Onions ▪ Garlic ▪ Asparagus ▪ Artichoke ▪ Chicory ▪ Banana

The above information has been sourced from https://www.bda.uk.com/

If you would like help in finding out more about probiotics and how they can help to improve your health and well-being, a qualified dietitian would be able to help you and provide professional advise relating to your own unique circumstances. The Medigest Business Directory could help you find a qualified professional in your area. https://www.medigest.uk/directory/