- Bacteria – Friend or Foe?
- What is Gut Flora (Gut Microbiota)?
- What damages the Gut Flora Balance?
- Importance of Gut Flora Balance –
- All Diseases Begin in the Gut
- Probiotics – What is it?
- Benefits of Probiotic (Bacteria)
- Prebiotics – What is it?
- Probiotic vs. Prebiotic – Which one to choose?
Probiotics – What is it?
Probiotics typically refer to friendly bacteria living inside most microfloras. Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus Acidophilus are two of the most common probiotics found in the microflora of animals.
Bifidobacteria inhabit intestine and vagina, generating protective lactic acid. These bacteria are known for preventing ulcers and diarrhea when existing in proper abundance. They also allegedly help relieve breast pain, eczema and flu. Bifidobacteria also help in lowering risk of cancer, hepatitis, and yeast infection.
In a healthy colon, friendly bacteria outnumber the unfriendly. A healthy colon should maintain at least 80% friendly bacteria, such as the Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria strains and less than 20% unfriendly bacteria. Unfortunately for most people, this percentage is reversed.
The intestinal microflora can be replenished with friendly bacteria by using probiotic supplements. Probiotics (literally “pro-life” or “for life”, the opposite of antibiotic) are dietary supplements which contain potentially beneficial bacteria. They are tiny live microorganisms introduced into the body that help the digestive system function properly. Probiotic supplements function as reinforcements to the various beneficial bacteria in the intestine, and they work together with the bacteria in order to provide various health benefits. They can help reduce the symptoms of stomach disorders and keep your system processing food in the most effective way.