There is a saying that the immune system starts in the gut and this is absolutely true, particularity when it comes to eczema. With an estimated 80-85% of our immune system stemming from our gut, it is no surprise that the subject of probiotics and beneficial gut flora is a hot topic.
Gut flora, or ‘the organ within in an organ’, is comprised of between 500-1000 species of bacteria which equates to around 100 trillion of these tiny, immune system power house micro-organisms. As hard as it is to imagine the contents of your stomach still being on the outside, this is actually the case. It’s not until nutrients are absorbed before we can say the food is ‘in us’. So understanding that the gut and its friendly bacteria are massive players in the proper functioning of the immune system helps understand why probiotics are so important.
As there are different strains of bacteria found in differing supplements, it may be of interest to know how each can affect your health.Lactobacillus GG,Lactobacillus rhamnosus, or Bifidobacterium lactis are the strains recommended for eczema and can even help with milk intolerances. Additional to the aforementioned strains, the following strains may also benefit people with gut issues such as IBS or travelers diarrhea; Bifidobacterium infantis, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces boulardii. Details of the strains are listed on the packaging.
These beneficial bacteria help the body in many ways. Some of which are listed here:
Restores the good bacteria that die off after taking antibiotics. Returns the body to stasis
Best Probiotic for Eczema
Below is a selection of reputable probiotics which are either vegetarian or derived from animal sources. They are all temperature stable so don’t need to be stored in the refrigerator. This should assist in your search for the best probiotic for you: