Antibiotics destroy or limit the growth of bacteria. Probiotics stimulate the growth of “good” bacteria in your system.
There are a wide variety of reasons to choose a probiotic. In general, probiotics act by stimulating the growth of microorganism colonies that are “good” or helpful, as compared to antibiotics that destroy or limit the growth of microorganisms that are “bad” or cause harm.
Antibiotics don’t discriminate between good and bad bacteria — they kill both and can disturb the natural intestinal microbial balance, often with unpleasant side effects, like diarrhea.
- Up to 35% of adults get gastrointestinal distress when taking an antibiotic.4
- Up to 40% of children get gastrointestinal distress when taking an antibiotic.7
So, how can probiotics be beneficial? According to the National Institutes of Health, probiotics can:
- Help to maintain a desirable or beneficial community of microorganisms in your system.
- Stabilize the digestive and vaginal tract’s barriers against undesirable microorganisms or produce substances that inhibit “bad” microorganisms’ growth.
- Help the community of microorganisms in the body return to normal after being disturbed, for example, by use of antibiotics or by an illness.
- Outcompete undesirable microorganisms.
- Stimulate immune response.9