If you are taking an antibiotic for an infection, it is a good idea to take a probiotic, too. Antibiotics kill not only the harmful bacteria that cause infection, but also some of the “friendly” bacteria found naturally in your body. Losing too much friendly bacteria can lead to diarrhea, yeast infection, athlete’s foot, thrush and other unpleasant symptoms.
Besides preventing some adverse reactions to antibiotics, probiotics can help you feel better on a daily basis. Below are three important reasons to take a probiotic regularly:
- Ease digestion- Probiotics help your body break down the sugars and amino acids in food.
- Keep you well- When you have an abundance of friendly bacteria, it is more difficult for harmful bacteria to thrive. Probiotics help suppress the growth of harmful bacteria by promoting the growth of friendly bacteria instead.
- Strengthen immune function- Probiotics strengthen your gut’s ability to respond when confronted with harmful organisms, fend off cancer and suppress inflammation.
You can get a small amount of probiotics from foods like yogurt, kefir, miso and sweet acidophilus milk. However, foods lose a portion of their probiotics during preparation or pasteurization. Look for the words “live active cultures” on food labels to get the most probiotics out of your foods.
The best (and easiest) way to get the probiotics you need is to take a high quality probiotic supplement. CarePro Pharmacies carry probiotics for everyone, from infants through adults. There are many dosage forms, including chewables, liquids, powders and capsules. Probiotic supplements give you more friendly bacteria at once than you can get from food alone, which helps protect you better.
Having plenty of friendly bacteria in your body promotes good health in a number of ways. Connect with your CarePro pharmacist if you have questions about probiotics and how they can help you feel better every day.