Probiotics have been shown to have many good effects on the body and now it seems that the probiotics in breast milk may also help alleviate irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive/bowel disorders.
In a recent study using mice with a gut problems, it was found that the contractions and spasms in the relevant muscles were decreased within minutes of exposure to the probiotics. Interestingly, giving further support to the idea, is the fact that this same bacterium is found in the stomachs of many mammals. It is thought that this is due to the fact that the probiotics can help to treat an imbalance of the bacterial flora in the gut and potentially also affect the nerves. The same probiotics have also been shown to be good at treating and preventing infections, diarrhea and other problems, and even improving the survival rate of premature infants.
This of course supports the idea that breast feeding is a highly important activity for new born children, along with its other benefits such as the strengthening of the bond between mother and child. Breast milk also contains the perfect balance of fats, protein, carbs and other nutrients for babies making it a complete diet for them.
Of course in adulthood not everyone has access to breast milk and not everyone will feel comfortable with the idea. However it is possible to get the same probiotics in many supplements and foods. The probiotics in question are known as the Lactobacillus reuteri strain. Look for the ingredients on your health supplements and foods to find a source that is convenient for you – you can even get it from some types of chewing gum!