The World Health Organization defines probiotics as live micro-organisms that confer a health benefit on the host, when administered in adequate amounts.
Probiotics are basically microorganism such as bacteria, viruses and yeast that are similar to beneficial microorganisms found in the human gut.
Mostly probiotics consist of bacteria, hence the moniker ‘friendly bacteria’ or ‘good bacteria’. These friendly bacteria are vital to proper development of the immune system, to protection against the harmful microorganisms that cause disease. Probiotics can be found in natural foods as well as supplements.
The Need for Probiotics
Our bodies are host to both good and bad ProBiology Gut+ Review microorganisms numbering in the trillions, but this is a delicate balance. This balance is crucial for our health but is too often disturbed due to our poor habits and modern medicine.
One reason is that ‘unfriendly’ microorganisms such as: disease-causing bacteria, yeasts, fungi, and parasites increase and upset the balance. These microorganisms flourish due to lack of hygiene and massive amounts of junk foods that we consume.
The other reason is because of antibiotics, these antibiotics are definitely useful – but repeated use of antibiotics kills the friendly bacteria, subsequently disrupting the balance.
This disruption causes a variety of diseases such as:
- Vaginal infections
- Infectious diarrhea
- Frequent colds and flu
- High cholesterol levels
- Candida yeast infections
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Bad breath and body odor
- Crohns Disease Symptoms
- Delayed development in children
- Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
- Tooth decay and periodontal disease
- Skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis
- Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease)
- Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori), a bacterium that causes most ulcers and many types of chronic stomach inflammation