Probiotics and Gut Health

What are probiotics and what do they do?

The medical communities answer to so many illnesses is to introduce a pill or treatment into the body’s systems that will rid it of unfriendly and dangerous organisms of either the bacterial, viral or cancerous variety. Antibiotics, radiation, chemotherapy and others have been effective and life saving for years. There is a dark side however that should not be discounted. Our bodies (the intestinal tract in particular) play host to thousands of beneficial organisms known collectively as probiotics.

Probiotics populate the intestinal tract from its entrance at the mouth all the way through to its exit at the hind quarters. The presence of these bacterial colonies is not cause for alarm, but gratitude. Probiotics are one of the body’s main line defense against illness and disease.

The list of maladies cured, prevented or beneficially treated by probiotics is lengthy and growing. Research in this area is exciting with discoveries being made regularly. One of the most exciting benefits associated with probiotics is that of reduction in the occurrence of certain types of cancer. Simple prevention is not all probiotics are good for, they also reduce relapse and help the body heal after surgery.

The benefits of probiotics extend far beyond cancer however. A healthy body has anywhere from 100 to 1,000 billion probiotic organisms in 1/5 of one teaspoon in the intestinal tract. These organisms literally eat harmful disease causing bacterias for lunch, breakfast and dinner too. They protect against yeast infections. Diarrhea, stomach cramps, constipation and gassy stomachs are all associated with a dip in the healthy probiotic population.

One way these helpers function is by colonizing every possible area and thereby leaving no space for harmful bugs to get a toehold. Every living thing needs and adequate supply of elbow room not only to thrive but to live at all. With any and all available inner body real estate occupied the bad bugs haven’t got a change and just keep moving along and eventually out.

Eating and evicting bad cells is not the end of probiotic function. These little critters build health by aiding in digestion, and the synthesis and absorption of vitamins. The extra nutrients go a long way to keeping the body’s own defenses running at peak capacity.

The problem, if there is one, with probiotics is that like all living creatures their life is somewhat fragile. When the doctor says take two of these and call me in the morning what is really happening is a whole sale slaughter of all biotins, good and bad, within the body. Probiotics are also negatively affected by meats and other food sources that are chuck full of antibiotics that are in high use on farms, dairies and ranches that produce our food supply.

To keep your inner body’s flora and fauna flourishing it is wise to look into a probiotic supplement. The most commonly known is yogurt, but there are other more potent and desirable probiotic products available. To get a quality probiotic supplement ask your doctor or pharmacist.


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