What do probiotics have to do with bowel movements?
Probiotics are tiny organisms that live and work in your intestines. These friendly bacteria perform many jobs, including food digestion, protecting the balance of intestinal flora, and cleaning harmful waste from the body. By protecting the balance of helpful and harmful bacteria, probiotics produce lactic acid (a chemical compound), which lowers intestinal pH and helps to speed up the process of digestion. When your intestines are working efficiently and with the proper bacteria balance, stools are able to pass through the colon more quickly, preventing the colon from absorbing too much water from the stool, which causes constipation.
How can probiotics help with diarrhea?
Diarrhea is an often uncomfortable bowel movement that tends to be quite watery and loose. Those with diarrhea tend to have 3 or more bowel movements daily. Diarrhea is a common side effect when the digestive system becomes overrun by harmful bacteria, meaning the intestines can’t properly break down the food being passed through. Antibiotic use is also often linked to diarrhea, since they tend to clean out the good and bad bacteria, leaving the bacteria balance out of whack. Probiotics can help restore this balance and support normal bowel movements.
Probiotics and constipation
Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water from the stool. People who become constipated typically have less than 3 bowel movements per week, which tend to be hard and difficult to pass. Probiotics, by offering intestinal support and protecting bacterial balance, can help. Not all probiotics are created equally, and not all strains work for everyone, so do your research.
Diarrhea and constipation are common digestive problems that affect many people daily. Along with offering overall gut support, probiotics can be a safe and effective way to deal with both.
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