Important Facts about Probiotics

With 70% of your body's natural defenses found in the gut, there’s hype & talk about the benefits of probiotics. It’s important to understand the role that helpful probiotics play as part of a holistic health routine.

Here are some important facts you need to know about probiotics:
Probiotics work because they are live bacteria that need to thrive in the human gut. Probiotics need tender loving care, therefore, don’t abuse your probiotics. Keep them cool & dry so they will be alive when they get into your body. For best results & for long-term storage, most probiotics need to be kept refrigerated.

Probiotics displace and even help kill pathogenic bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. Not all bacteria are bad. Probiotic Bacteria is good bacteria which we need to survive. The word “probiotic” means “for life.”

You have more bacteria in your intestines than there are cells in the rest of your body! The average person has approximately 100 trillion bacteria in their gut which represents ten times more than the number of cells in the body.

Retail probiotics vary drastically. Some products might not have sufficient numbers of live bacteria in them to make them effective. Also, some products might not be well-cared for, & the number of live bacteria on the label might not be correct. It is important for you to look for strains of bacteria that have been researched and have a proven track record of stability and efficacy, such as the DDS-1 strain of L. acidophilus.

The average human has 2-4 pounds of bacteria in their body! Within every human being is a flourishing, living colony of both beneficial and pathogenic bacteria. Most of these bacteria live in the human digestive tract (although some are found elsewhere, like the oral cavity, throat & skin), & perform necessary functions for humans, such as helping break down food.

Healthy Babies are Born with Probiotics! Healthy humans are born with good bacteria already in their intestines. But due to poor diet, antibiotics, & other factors, we might need a probiotic supplement to maintain the healthy bacteria in our gut as we get older.

Probiotic bacteria keep you healthy! Not only are good bacteria essential for healthy digestion, there is more and more research showing that good bacteria can help fight “lifestyle” diseases such as diabetes, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease.

15 September 2011