Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your digestive system?
Pro-biotics means Pro-life.
Probiotics are the trillions of bacteria that live in your digestive system and
are responsible for:
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- detoxing your body,
- keeping your immune system strong,
- digesting foods,
- producing vitamins, and
- fighting bad bacteria.
These friendly bacteria are under constant attack from:
- pesticides in foods,
- birth control pills, etc…
Lactobacilli are one of the most important types of friendly bacteria found in the digestive tract. These bacteria get their name (lacto) because they are able to form lactic acid. They play a key role in producing fermented foods, fermented milk, yogurt, and cheeses. They are often referred to as “probiotic” since they are positive or supportive microorganisms.
Probiotics are claimed to have beneficial effects on human health. The following claims have been attributed to strains of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria:
- Inhibition of potential pathogens, such as E. coli or Clostridium perfringens
- Prevention of diarrhea caused by (rota)virus or Salmonella
- Reducing the effects of a Candida infection
- Positive effects on cholesterol level
- Prevention of gut dysbiosis
- Stimulation of the immune system
- Production of vitamins
- Increased defecation and reduced constipation
- Improving the uptake of minerals, especially calcium
- Digestion of lactose for lactose-intolerant persons
- Help in the relief of anxiety and depression
Beneficial bacteria also do much more than counter pathogenic, or unfriendly bacteria. They also:
- Manufacture vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, A, D, and K, and essential fatty acids
- Aid in the digestive process by helping digest lactose (milk sugar) and protein
- Clean the intestinal tract, purify the colon, and promote regular bowel movements
- Produce natural antibiotics and antifungals that prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi. In 1988, the U.S. surgeon general’s report noted that “Normal microbial flora provide a passive mechanism to prevent infection”
- Contribute to the destruction of molds, viruses, and parasites
- Increase the number of immune system cells
- Create lactic acid, which balances intestinal pH
- Protect us from environmental toxins such as pesticides and pollutants, reduce toxic waste at the cellular level, and stimulate the repair mechanism of cells
- Help maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and
- Break down and rebuild hormones