Does Probiotics Help With Constipation?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Does probiotics help with constipation? Probiotics are used to help with constipation and IBS symptoms. About 16% of adults, worldwide experience constipation. Studies have shown that probiotics can help improve and enhance gut microbiome. And that is the collection of bacteria in your digestive tract that helps regulate inflammation, immune function, heart health and digestion.

Studies have also shown that the health benefits of increasing your probiotic intake can help reduce your blood sugar levels, support liver function and support skin health.

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Probiotics helps with relieving IBS- (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). It is a digestive disorder that can lead to constipation, stomach pain and bloating. There was a study of 150 people that had IBS and they took probiotics for 60 days. And it helped improved their bowel regularity and stool consistency.

Another 6-week study showed that 274 people that drank a probiotic fermented milk beverage decreased IBS symptoms. There was also a study among children who took probiotics for 3 to 12 weeks. And the result was more stool frequency in the kids that had constipation.

The data shows that up to 36% of pregnant women experience constipation. There has been some research that has shown that taking probiotics can relieve constipation in pregnant women. A 4 weeks study of 60 pregnant women with constipation that ate 10.5 ounces of probiotic yogurt had less constipation.

There are so many small things that we are not aware of that can cause constipation such as antidepressant pills, cancer treatments, opioids, iron pills.  Unfortunately, when going through chemotherapy constipation is a common symptom from it.

There was a study in 500 people that had cancer and 25% of those cancer patients reported improvements in diarrhea and constipation after taking probiotics. There was also another 4-week study in 100 people who also had cancer. And after taking probiotics 96% of those cancer patients constipation improved.

“Studies have shown that probiotics can help improve and enhance gut microbiome. And that is the collection of bacteria in your digestive tract that helps regulate inflammation, immune function, heart health and digestion.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

When you are looking for different types of probiotics at any supplement store shelf you need to pay attention to the following important bacteria strains. These bacteria strains of probiotics are shown to increase stool frequency.

  • Bifidobacterium lactis
  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Bifidobacterium longum
  • Lactobacillus reuteri
  • Streptococcus thermophilus

The Bottom Line is probiotics are safe to take. And all the studies show that probiotics help reveal constipation and IBS symptoms in pregnant women, cancer patients, young children, and overall people in general.

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