What are probiotics, who should take them, and where do you
Interest in the reported health benefits of probiotics has
grown in the past decade, and researchers continue to investigate how the
supplements can treat or prevent specific illnesses. Probiotics are
well-recognized for their ability to calm bowel inflammation in certain diseases,
particularly viral diarrhea, and they're
also helpful in reducing the incidence of severe diarrhea in patients being
treated for cancer .
On the research front they are being evaluated for use
in a number of skin disorders, and a nimal
studies suggest probiotics may play a role in the prevention of cancer . But
the supplements are not universally beneficial, and they're not recommended for
all patients. Let's take a closer look at these tiny organisms and what they
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are defined as "live microbial food ingredients
that are beneficial to health." Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria are well ...
Does yogurt help prevent yeast infections?
Several studies have suggested that one cup of yogurt a day(only the kind that has acidophilus bacteria) may reduce the frequency of vaginal yeast infections . Check the label for the statement "contains live cultures" or similar text.
What is a Vaginal Yeast Infection?
A vaginal yeast infection is when there is an overgrowth of normally occurring yeast (candida albicans) in your vagina. It is sometimes called monilia or candidiasis. Approximately 75 percent of all women experience a yeast infection sometime in their life. What Are the Symptoms of a Vaginal Yeast Infection? The most obvious symptom of a yeast infection is a white discharge from your vagina. This discharge is thick and lumpy, resembling cottage cheese. Some women also experience itching, soreness, irritation or burning in the vaginal area. You may notice a rash or redness outside the vagina and may experience pain during intercourse. What Causes Yeast Infections? The fungal organism, candida albicans, causes the majority of yeast infection. The yeast normally lives in your gastrointestinal tract, mucous membranes of your vagina, mouth and nose, and your skin. Usually, your body keeps candida albicans low through naturally produced bacteria. Howe...
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