What Is a Probiotic Cleanse?

The stomach and digestive tract are actually kept in balance by probiotics, or "good bacteria."
Probiotic cleanses are said to lead to fewer food cravings.
A probiotic cleanse might include drinking kombucha tea.
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A probiotic cleanse often refers to adding probiotic capsules or foods into the diet, either indefinitely or for a specific length of time, in order to restore a healthy balance of bacteria in the digestive system. Probiotics may also be used when easing in and out of other types of cleanses. Good quality probiotic capsules should contain live cultures that are able to reduce yeast and enzymes that typically cause indigestion and other health issues.

Probiotics are regularly called “good” bacteria; they consist of living bacterial organisms. While some people might find this idea disconcerting, the stomach and digestive tract are actually kept in balance by these organisms. Without them, constipation, diarrhea, and frequent yeast infections may occur.

The term “probiotic cleanse” may confuse some people. This may be due to the fact that a cleanse is usually named after the element one wants to eliminate from the body, such as a Candida or yeast cleanse. A cleanse might refer to a particular body part that is purified, such as a colon cleanse. In some instances, a cleanse is named for a specific food one replaces the normal diet with for a few days in a row, such as with a juice cleanse.

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A probiotic cleanse, however, simply requires a person to add probiotics to the diet. It is generally a good idea, however, to also limit foods eaten during a probiotic cleanse for better results. Sugary and yeast-based foods as well as alcohol are typically avoided. Adequate water intake is usually recommended.

An increase in the elimination of toxins and waste from the body is a common goal of a probiotic cleanse. Proponents of the cleanse point out this effect could produce many health benefits. This may include increased energy, a more effective digestive tract, and fewer food cravings.

Many people do a probiotic cleanse in the hopes that it will help them lose weight. Most doctors, however, do not believe that probiotics alone can cause a person to drop pounds. On the other hand, less frequent food cravings and more energy for active workouts could indirectly result in a decrease in body fat.

The amount of probiotics a body needs can differ greatly between individuals. Therefore, it may be a good idea for people to consult a nutritionist or a physician before beginning a probiotic cleanse. While one person may be able to introduce sufficient probiotics into the diet using only food sources, another person may need concentrated probiotic supplements. The length of time for which one must be on a probiotic cleanse may also vary from person to person.

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