The word “Probiotic” simply means “for life”. Need we say more? Okay, you would like a proper scientific definition of a Probiotic? Here it is:
“A live microbial feed supplement, which beneficially affects the host by improving its intestinal microbial balance”
New research is establishing how important the supplementation of probiotics can be for a variety of conditions. Probiotics enhance the immune system by favorably altering the gut micro-ecology and preventing unfriendly organisms from gaining a foothold in the body. They prevent the overgrowth of yeast and fungus and produce substances that can lower cholesterol. Poor eating habits, chlorinated drinking water, stress and the use of antibiotics can wreak havoc in the gastrointestinal tract by destroying good bacteria and allowing undesirable bacteria to multiply. When the ratio of good bacteria to bad is lowered, problems begin to arise such as excessive gas, bloating, constipation, intestinal toxicity and poor absorption of nutrients. It’s a tough world out there for the good bacteria in the gut. We know it is hard to avoid stress and other environmental factors surrounding us. So why not add something good back into the equation?
Here’s a summary of what probiotics can do:
- Inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria that cause digestive stress
- Improve digestion of food and absorption of vitamins
- Stimulate the body’s natural defense mechanism – the immune system
- Help make vitamins needed by the body