Probiotics: why do we need them, should we take them?
Mankind took a big step forward when it invented antibiotics. These medicaments help to deal with the most difficult bacteria attacking the human body. But most antibiotics disrupt the intestinal microflora, destroying the beneficial micro-organisms. This is why doctors prescribe probiotics in combination with antibiotics.
Risks of antibiotics
Taking antibiotics has certain side effects. Negative effects on the body include:
- A decrease in the body’s natural defences;
- Toxic effects on the liver, kidneys, heart and circulatory organs;
- Allergic reactions: urticaria, Quincke’s oedema, itching;
- Disruption of the intestinal microflora and dysbacteriosis.
The most obvious manifestation of dysbiosis is diarrhoea. If it occurs more than three times a day, you should see a doctor who will prescribe probiotics. In most cases, however, probiotics are prescribed together with antibiotics.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are artificial bacteria that help restore the normal balance of the intestinal flora and improve their function. Useful properties of the preparations in question:
- they restore the intestinal flora;
- which was disrupted by taking antibiotics;
- they eliminate diarrhoea;
- they repopulate the digestive tract with essential bacteria;
- they suppress the bad bacteria and do not let them attach themselves to the intestinal walls.
These products also help to strengthen the immune system and normalise the body’s natural defences.
It is also important to continue taking healthy bacteria for a week after the end of antibiotic treatment. You should take healthy bacteria twice a day without skipping a single dose. Then the effect will be stable and long-lasting.
The daily dose of the product should not be exceeded as side effects can occur.
What is the difference between probiotic medicines?
In pharmacies, modern companies offer many different probiotics. All products are differentiated in several ways:
- the number of bacterial strains;
- the total number of viable micro-organisms;
- indicated by the abbreviation CFU;
Contraindications for these medicines have not yet been scientifically proven. There are some mild side effects that occur in the first few days of use. It has also been reported that preparations with beneficial microorganisms can provoke unpleasant effects in the form of bacterial or yeast infections if taken simultaneously with immunosuppressants. In this case, a doctor should be consulted.
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