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Are probiotics beneficial for eczema sufferers?

There are about 100 trillion bacteria cells residing on or inside the human body.  Some of them are good and some are bad.  Probiotics are often considered as the “friendly bacteria and yeasts” that are beneficial for your body. 

While we usually think of bacteria as being bad, probiotics promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria and have been linked to many health benefits such as immune system function, digestive health, and a lower blood pressure. Many people that struggle with digestion or stomach related issues have found probiotics to be useful in regulating their health and relieving consistent stomach pain. 

Probiotics have been indicated as a potential therapy for atopic dermatitis when other medical eczema treatments do not work.  There have been multiple studies suggesting that probiotics can possibly aid in eczema prevention. However the outcome has been inconsistent among various studies. While one study showed that a certain probiotic strain given to the mother reduced risk of their infants developing eczema, other studies showed that the potential benefit of probiotics among eczema sufferers is insignificant.

Probiotics can be found in some foods or taken as supplements. Foods that are rich in probiotics include yogurt, kombucha, pickles, certain cheeses, miso, and sauerkraut. Try introducing small amounts of these foods into your diet and you might start to notice a difference in your digestive health. Another option is to find a probiotic supplement to take in the form of a pill. They come in different potencies so you can adjust how much is needed for your own body. Since our body naturally produces strains of probiotics, it is generally considered to be safe.

Though it may not offer promising results for eczema sufferers, it is still always a good idea to fill your body with probiotic rich foods to help boost your immune system. Having a strong immune system will keep your body healthy and give you the ability to fight off infectious diseases. Additionally, it is important to eat foods that are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to help us stay healthy. 


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