With growing speed of people’s works, their social activities, moral responsibilities and the exemplary love for great night life, people have begun to side track the responsibilities they have for themselves. It is almost impossible to take care of oneself and make healthy diet schedule, eat good food, begin the day with physical exercises, etc. Upon that, when the immune system starts weakening, due to some viral attack or something, it seems like an absolute necessity to take antibiotics.
It must be noted that not many people know that excessive intake of antibiotics not only increase the immunity of the bacteria causing infections but also causes damage to the good bacteria sometimes. This damage can be repaired using probiotics.

What are antibiotics and what are its side effects?

Antibiotics are medicines that are used to kill or slow the growth of the bacteria causing problems in the body. They also see to it that the bacteria do not copy itself. One thing that most people do not find necessary to note is, antibiotics only kill bacteria and can not do anything to the virus if that is what is infecting the patient.

However, the excessive use of antibiotics has become a concern today. Most doctors and researches fear from the statistically increasing amounts of bacterial infections that more and more forms of bacteria are becoming resistant to the antibiotics.

Some side effects of antibiotics include:

  1. Diarrhea

  2. Fungal Infections

  3. Sickness

  4. Allergy to penicillin

Sometimes, antibiotics also attack the good bacteria in the body. This is when the damage occurs and to restore that one uses probiotics.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are good bacteria. They are used to repair the damage caused by the loss of good bacteria due to use of antibiotics or any other medical reason.

Some probiotics benefits include:

  • Relief from bowel digestion related problems

  • Treats allergic reactions caused by antibiotics

  • Keeps digestion tract, urinal tract and the vagina in good health

  • Treats diarrhea caused by viral and bacterial infections

  • Good for oral health

  • Treats some kinds of skin conditions

Are there different types of probiotics? What are they?

There are different types of good bacteria. Some of them are listed below:

  1. Lactobacillus: This is the good bacteria that one finds in yogurt, curd, or other fermented food items. It helps reduce diarrhea, and also is great for lactose intolerant patients.

  2. Bifidobacterium: Another good bacteria type that resides in the intestines of a person’s body. These bacteriahave the power of being able to treat IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) issues, in addition to other symptoms ranging from constipation to Ulcerative Colitis.

  3. Saccharomyces boulardii: This is a yeast, actually. It is mostly used for treating diarrhea and other gut related problems. It has also been found that these bacteria help with improvement of acne prone skin.

Side effects and precautions with probiotics:

  • It is advisable to not take these bacteria and the products during pregnancy and breast feeding.

  • In some cases, these bacteria also lead to allergy, bacterium or yeast.

  • It is also very much important to not that the children must be kept away from these bacteria as they cause severe problems like blockage of kidney, especially with younger people.

Although probiotics have not been completely understood by the doctors and researches yet, they are 100% providing health benefits to people around the world and after the right consultation from the doctor, any one can make use of all the probiotics benefits.