How To Use Probiotics For Stress Treatment

 
28-Nov-2011 by

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Persistent stress is a cause of concern as it leads to health conditions like depression, anxiety and gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotics for stress management is what is new in the research circles these days, as it a natural, safe and effective therapeutic technique. Let us find out why.

 

How To Treat Stress With Probiotics

The reasons of stress are innumerable, but its effect on the body is that reduces the lactobacilli in the gut and increases the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the gut. Probiotics counter this effect by inversely increasing the good bacteria, reducing the bad bacteria, improving barrier function, visceral sensitivity and gut motility.

Studies have shown probiotic supplementation in rats reduce anxiety like behavior among them. Human studies have also shown positive results with decrease in psychological distress, depression, anger, and anxiety with only a 30 day probiotic supplementation.

Stress induces gastrointestinal discomforts like cramping, abdominal bloating, diarrhea, or constipation. All these symptoms can be eliminated with the use of probiotics.

 

How To Incorporate Probiotics To Treat Stress

It is simple to include probiotics in daily diet. However, there are a few things to be kept in mind

  • Action of probiotics depends on their strain and dosage
  • Probiotic products must contain active cultures
  • They are best consumed in the unsweetened form
  • Food Allergies and intolerances must be kept in mind while looking at the sources
  • Start with small doses and increase gradually
  • Probiotics can be obtained from dietary and commercial sources

 

Food Sources of Probiotics

Dietary sources of probiotics are Acidophilus milk, kefir, cultured milk, cultured buttermilk, yogurt, femented soy, rice or coconut milk, pickled vegetables (Raw kimchi, sauerkraut or pickled beets, carrots or other vegetables), hummus, rejuvenac, kombucha, tempeh, natto, formulated health bars, miso, cereals, probiotic juices and certain probiotic salad dressings.

 

Best Probiotics for Stress

The probiotic strains that have proven to be beneficial in tackling stress are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.

Probiotics are available in the market as Acidophilus milk, Nutrition now PB8 Acidophilus, Probiotic complex quantum, Probiotic yoghurt, Choice Super 8 High Potency Probiotic, Advanced Adult Probiotic, Yakult, Align, Activia yogurt, EcoVag, Yoplait YoPlus, Stonyfield yogurt, Pearl, Dong Quai, Coco Biotic, Goodbelly splash, Goodbelly probiotic fruit drink, Mutaflor, Actimel, etc.

 

Things to Remember While Using Probiotic Therapy

Probiotics are unusually can be consumed safely by all, but in people who have compromised immunity should avoid or use probiotics only under medical supervision. Intiation of probiotic therapy may cause bloating and flatulence, but these symptoms disappear with time.

 

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