Probiotics - Helpful & Beneficial Bacteria

Probiotics or friendly bacteria are able to alter the intestinal microflora balance favorably. They inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria as well as promote good digestion and boost immune function and thus increase resistance to inflammation and infection.

Did you know that billions and billions of probiotics i.e. health-promoting, good bacteria populate your intestinal tract?

Yes, there is such a thing as good bacteria. These friendly bacteria or probiotics, form a protective barrier to keep bad bacteria out, maintaining a healthy intestinal tract.

If you are - under stress, taking antibiotics, traveling or simply want to promote your health, taking probiotics daily will maintain the health-promoting good bacteria in your intestinal tract. This is important because the intestines are the largest immune organ in the body and promoting their health strengthens your body's overall natural defenses.

Probiotics or 'friendly' beneficial bacteria are able to:

  • change balance of the body's microflora i.e. friendly bacteria, favorably
  • Probiotics promote good digestion, as well as
  • boost immune function,
  • aid in the breakdown of proteins and fats in food,
  • help to absorb vitamins, minerals & amino acids and
  • increase resistance to inflammation and infection by inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria.

People with flourishing intestinal colonies of beneficial bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Helpful bacteria only provide a protective effect when a proper balance is maintained among all the different bacteria that normally reside in your intestine.


If your normal bacteria become depleted or the balance of bacteria is disturbed, potentially harmful bacteria can overgrow, outnumber helpful bacteria and become established, causing digestive and other health problems. These harmful bacteria are known as pathogenic bacteria and they have the ability to cause gastro-intestinal problems such as diarrhea or abdominal pain if not kept in check by the beneficial bacteria.

When selecting a probiotic, it is important to select a high quality product that will survive the acidity of the stomach. Examples of high quality probiotics that are available on the web today are: