Smoking cessation promotes healthy bacteria


Probiotics are healthy bacteria that found in our body and provide a multitude of benefits for the whole body. They help to maintain a balanced intestinal environment, improve digestion and boosts immune system. Latest researches have proven link of probiotics with the prevention and treatment of various diseases like cancer, Irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, bacterial infections, celiac disease and many more. Unfortunately as we age the number of healthy bacteria depletes in the body. In order to replenish the healthy bacteria, you can take probiotics in supplement form, as food products like yoghurt, probiotics rich juices etc.

Recently a study conducted at Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio, and Newcastle University, United Kingdom showed that quitting smoking can replenish the healthy bacteria or probiotics. This is an interesting finding as quitting smoking is good for person’s health, but at the same time can help in re growth of probiotic strains.

About the study
Researchers collected plaque samples from 22 smokers initially and after twelve months of nonsurgical periodontal therapy and counseling....

Out of 22 smokers, 11 were quitters and 11 still smoked. Results showed decreased levels in various bacterial pathogens as well as an increase in health-associated bacterial species in those patients who no longer smoked.

The findings were published in the July 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

It is well recognized that oral bacteria play an important role in the origin of chronic gum disease and that smoking tobacco contributes to a pathogen rich environment. Prior studies have shown that quitting smoking can alternate the oral microbial community; however, the impact on pathogenic bacteria has not been documented. The study has shown some good findings in terms of linkage between quitting smoking and re growth of healthy bacteria.

Source: American Society for Microbiology

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