Probiotics are readily used to reduce the symptoms of flatulence and abdominal bloating. Usually found in live (bioactive) yogurt, probiotics help your digestive system to function normally, because they contain healthy bacteria also called live cultures which act in your gut, helping it with the process of breaking down the foods you eat.
This ‘good’ bacteria assists the normal digestion of your body, by preventing the build up of the unhealthy bacteria in your large intestine which is responsible for forming excess gas and bloating symptoms.
Bad or unhealthy bacteria can form in your stomach and bowel for a few reasons.
A particularly bad diet, lacking in nutrition, fiber and water is a major cause of flatulence and stomach bloating. Antibiotics and other medications can also add to the problem, forming gas and causing you discomfort.
Probiotics are used to treat intestinal gas by bringing balance to the normal intestinal flora in your system, by stopping this build up of bad bacteria. The obvious benefits to your digestive health are less passing of gas, resulting in less odor (farting).
What Are Probiotics
Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria), also called live cultures or fermented foods. The most common types are bifidobacteria and lactic acid bacteria, and also lactobacillus acidophilus.
Using probiotics to get rid of your flatulence symptoms should be accompanied by eating a healthy diet, and taking a normal amount of daily exercise.
Although probiotics are typically found in live culture yogurts, you can also find them in capsule form, and even cereal bars and other products. You can review a list of probiotic supplements on our flatulence products page.
Studies have also been carried out to see if probiotics can help people with irritable bowel syndrome. The results were that yes, the healthy bacteria or live cultures found in probiotics can help people with IBS by normalizing bowel movements.