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Diarrhea: When to Use Probiotics

By    |   Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 08:45 PM

Probiotics are associated with clearing out the bowels and improving digestion, but they may help with diarrhea, too.

Probiotics are the “good” microorganisms found in the gut that promote healthy digestion, immune system, and mental health.

Diarrhea occurs when the gut becomes inflamed or damaged, making it unable to absorb water from chime, a mix of digested food, and create stools, according to Body Ecology.

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Antibiotics are associated with diarrhea because they may destroy the beneficial bacteria in the gut that fight off infections, U.S. News & World Report noted. Probiotics restore what antibiotics destroy.

Over 60 studies with 8,000 participants have demonstrated the effectiveness of probiotics in reducing acute diarrhea, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. In many instances, the diarrhea lasts a day shorter. Studies show 22 of 100 people recover more quickly when taking probiotics.

MedPage Today noted that probiotics also decreased the severity of the diarrhea.

The most effective probiotics in fighting such infections are lactic acid bacteria, the NCIB reported. Lactobacillus, saccharomyces, and enterococcus strains have also been tested frequently.

Medscape noted the efficacy of the probiotics is mostly limited to these frequently studied types. Probiotics are mostly effective in helping children with diarrhea, as well.

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While scientists have looked at mild diarrhea extensively, researchers have not studied probiotics’ effects on prolonged infection, according to the NCIB. More research is needed to have a better understanding.

Probiotics help to replace and flourish a diversity of microflora inside the gut, Body Ecology reported. Having a variety of bacteria and yeast keeps everything working properly, promoting immunity from infections, including diarrhea.

In company with probiotics, doctors recommend taking in many fluids while having diarrhea, Body Ecology added. The liquids will help to flush out bacteria or viruses that are causing the infection.

Researchers have used various dosage to demonstrate probiotics’ efficacy, MedPage Today reported. Studies show few, if any, side effects or risks in taking the probiotics

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Fermented foods have probiotics, and lactic acid bacteria in particular live in yogurt and other dairy products as well as some dairy supplements, the NCBI noted.

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