Dr. Ertan Beyatlı

Probiotics, the living creatures in us

(Update: ) - Digestive System Diseases

Probioticsare living beings that are good for the human body. These entities can be germs, bacteria, and yeast.

These words bring to mind situations such as illness and infection. However, our body is full of good and bad microbes 🙂

Here are the good ones of these microbes "ProbioticsIt is called ", it keeps the intestines working properly.

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What is Kefir?

Kefir is a drink produced from cow's milk with a special yeast mushroom. It tastes similar to sour buttermilk.

The word kefir is of Caucasian origin and means "delightful" drink.

Probiotics are found in many foods such as yogurt and kefir. There are one million beneficial bacteria in 1 ml of kefir. These products are often consumed as an aid to digestive problems.


Probiotic termi, on the other hand, consists of two separate words. Pro, before, biotic or biota means live and for life. Antibiotic So is the word, anti means to kill, destroy or neutralize the attachment.

Working Mechanism of Probiotics

When our bodies lose "good" bacteria, for example after taking antibiotics, probiotics to replace might help.

For our body to continue in a healthy way, there must be a certain balance between "good" and "bad" bacteria.

Probiotic Types

Most bacteria found in nature are classified as probiotics. Each bacterium has its own benefits and harms. The important thing is to identify the beneficial ones and consume them as food supplements. I recommend that you do this not alone, but in consultation with a physician.

  • Lactobacillus (lactobacillus acidophilus): This is the most common type of probiotic. It is found in yogurt and other fermented foods. Diarrhea It can be used in the case. It can also contribute to patients who are allergic to sugar in milk. (Lactose intolerance).
  • BifidobacteriumYou can find it in some dairy products. Irritable bowel syndrome It can help relieve (IBS) symptoms and some other conditions.
  • Saccharomyces boulardii: is a yeast found in probiotics. It helps fight diarrhea and other digestive problems.

When are probiotics used?

Some common situations where probiotics are commonly used:

In addition, studies show that probiotics are also effective in some other conditions, such as:

  • Skin diseases such as eczema
  • Urinary and vaginal system health
  • Prevention of allergies and colds
  • Oral health

Are Probiotics Safe?

Perhaps this is the most important question.

Because the FDA (the US Food and Drug Administration) does not see probiotics as a drug. One by one food supplement counting.

In other words, companies producing probiotics are not subject to any audit. Even the document is not requested.

For this reason, brand names are increasing day by day. There are many varieties on the market: Probiotic NBL, NBL Probiotic Gold, Probiotic Optima, Probiotic Kids, Enterogermina, etc.

Because of this situation, I think it is the right option to consult a physician before using probiotics. Dr. Ertan BEYATLI

Prebiotic vs Probiotic difference

Although the words Prebiotic and Probiotic look similar, they both mean very different things and have different roles in the digestive system.

Prebiotic fiber (prebiotic fiber) is a non-living and indigestible part of food; such as banana, onion, garlic, artichoke, apple peel, chicory root, beans and others. Prebiotic fiber passes undigested through the small intestine and is fermented when it reaches the large intestine (colon).

This fermentation process feeds beneficial bacterial colonies (including probiotic bacteria) and helps increase the desired bacterial count in our digestive system. These bacteria make us healthier and more resistant to diseases.

Probiotics are living beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in foods by the fermentation process; such as yoghurt, sauerkraut, miso soup, kimchi and others.

Probiotics are also available in pill form and as an additional ingredient in products such as yogurt and health drinks.

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