Can probiotic drinks really help with digestion?

There are various probiotic products on the market, many of which claim to be able to “regulate intestinal bacteria” and “improve indigestion”, so that many white-collar workers who are sedentary and lack of exercise for a long time are very excited. However, does probiotics really have a function to improve intestinal problems and help digestion?

Probiotics can exert beneficial effects on the host by improving the balance of the host intestinal flora, including Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Streptococcus thermophilus and the like.

However, if probiotics are expected to work in the human body, many strict conditions must be met and they are indispensable.

First, you need to get a specific strain. The function of each type of probiotics is different. If you want to improve intestinal health and promote digestion, you must drink probiotics that promote digestive function, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria.

Second, a sufficient number of probiotics must be obtained. There are hundreds of millions of bacteria in our intestines, and if the number of probiotics is too small, it will not work. Generally speaking, it takes about 100 million live bacteria to be taken at a time, and it can be achieved after continuous administration for a period of time.

Finally, and most importantly, it must be ensured that the probiotics entering the gut are alive. Because the living bacteria are very demanding on the environment, the external temperature changes slightly, which will lead to the death of a large number of live bacteria, and the dead bacteria have no effect on the intestinal tract. Even if the probiotics survive, they are difficult to enter the intestine through the gastric juice, and even through the test of the gastric juice, the amount that finally enters the intestine is very small.

It seems that the currently available probiotic products can hardly meet the above three conditions. Abdominal pain, bloating or constipation is not reliable by drinking probiotic beverages. Moreover, current research shows that even if the above three conditions are met, probiotics are only a supplementary effect for improving intestinal health, and cannot achieve the effect of direct treatment, and can not replace drugs.

Tip: Probiotics improve the theory of indigestion. In fact, there is not enough scientific evidence. The most popular probiotic foods in the market can not really improve the intestinal problems, but the marketing gimmicks of the merchants. And most of them are high-sugar drinks, try to drink as little as possible. However, it is possible to drink yogurt as a healthier drink after a meal.