What Exactly are Probiotics?
As a society, we have come to think of bacteria as the enemy when in fact the body is completely reliant upon a number of good bacterial strains in order for the body to thrive. Nutrient absorption, vitamin synthesis, and waste elimination through regularity is dependent upon a certain number of probiotics, or friendly bacteria, present and active in the intestines.
The intestinal flora serves as a “barrier”, protecting against infections by avoiding the colonization of the GI tract by disease causing pathogens. It does this by providing antimicrobial substances, as well as stimulating the body’s own natural defences. The word “probiotic” literally means “for life” and that is exactly what they do for us – they help promote life.
Unfortunately, there are many things that are part of our modern lifestyle which work against the survival and activity of proper intestinal flora balance. They include stress, diet, prescription and over the counter drugs, chlorine in our water (drinking and bathing in it), illness, antibiotics, ageing, and the list goes on. These challengers make it virtually impossible for balance and tends to shift the intestinal environment into a more acidic and disease hosting area. By adding Probiotics to your body and promoting decolonisation, you are in turn depriving the bad bacteria the ability to continue growth.
Bad bacteria = Toxins = Disease. Eliminate its growth and eliminate the environment in which disease can flourish.