Probiotics for Aging Adults

Your 1+1 Team
February 13, 2023

As your loved one ages, they need to prioritize their mental and physical health. Since seniors are more at risk for deterring health, probiotics are suggested to help replenish their bodies. Probiotics can improve immunity and lower the risk of infections.

Are Probiotics beneficial for aging adults?

Probiotics are food and supplements that contain “good bacteria.” When consumed, probiotics have a variety of benefits for the body.

Improve Heart Function & Overall Health with Probiotics for Aging Adults

Probiotics have been linked to improved heart function. Research shows that probiotics can help cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure. Additionally, probiotics can decrease inflammation throughout the body and reduce the risk of heart disease

Reduce diarrhea

Diarrhea is usually triggered by an imbalance of gut bacteria. Probiotics work by maintaining the balance of good bacteria in the gut. Probiotics can also improve symptoms of IBS and ulcerative colitis in seniors, such as constipation and bloating.

Alleviate lactose intolerance, skin allergies, and inability to digest sugars

When consumed through supplements or fermented foods, probiotics can aid older adults with digestion, lactose intolerance, and skin allergies. Probiotics restore imbalances in the body by breaking down food more effectively and decreasing inflammation.

Reduce excessive bacteria that cause vaginal inflammation

Probiotics are said to lower excessive bacteria that can cause vaginal inflammation. Specifically, probiotic strains such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 have been able to reduce bacterial vaginosis and other forms of vaginal inflammation.

Improve Bad breath

The imbalance of bacteria in your mouth can result in bad breath. Probiotics can improve breath and gum health by restoring balance and preventing harmful bacteria in the mouth.

What are some of the best Probiotics for Aging Adults?

Lactobacillus acidophilus

  • Used to treat gastrointestinal conditions such as diarrhea and IBS
  • Found in fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi
  • Available in supplement form

Lactobacillus fermentum

  • Used to lower inflammation, aid digestion, and improve immunity
  • Can help symptoms of anxiety and depression

Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. Lactis

  • Supports gut health by reducing inflammation and symptoms of IBS

Lactobacillus casei/paracasei

  • Used to improve the immune system and gut health
  • Found in a range of fermented foods such as cheese, yogurt, and pickled vegetables
  • Effective in treating certain infections and reducing inflammation

Lactobacillus plantarum

  • Can be found in fermented foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut
  • Restores the balance of bacteria in the gut and breaks down food more efficiently
  • Available in supplement form

How to determine if probiotics are right for you

While probiotics have been studied to be beneficial, they are not recommended for everyone. If you are interested in taking probiotics, consult your physician first before taking any because they can affect certain medications.

Probiotics also should not be taken by those who had recent surgery and immune-compromised people because they can increase the chance of serious infections. For example, people with HIV/AIDS or cancer have to avoid taking probiotics.

Generally, probiotics are safe for the majority but be sure they’re consumed in the right amounts from a reputable manufacturer and your loved one consults their doctor before they proceed. You can read more articles with 1+1 Cares to learn how to improve your loved one’s aging experience.

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