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  • Writer's pictureKathleen Gregg

Probiotics and Health

How “friendly bacteria” contribute to wellness

Probiotics, often referred to as "friendly bacteria," help restore the flora balance in our digestive systems.

The rigors of daily life, and the choices we make, can sometimes disrupt colon and digestive health. Beneficial bacteria is negatively affected or destroyed by the following:

· Drugs and antibiotics

· Viruses and illness

· Poor eating habits

· Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as yeast overgrowth

The loss of probiotics in our digestive systems can lead to several digestive problems, including constipation, diarrhea and food intolerances, as well as other health conditions.


There are billions of probiotics in our digestive systems. In fact, it is estimated there are more beneficial bacteria in our intestines than there are cells in the body.

Probiotic organisms impede the growth of harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast. They also increase the pH of the colon to inhibit tissue changes.

In digestion, probiotics aid in breaking down lactose, fiber and proteins. They help the body properly absorb vitamins and essential nutrients.


To sufficiently repopulate the digestive tract, look for a probiotic supplement with 5 billion or more beneficial organisms.

The best probiotics are enclosed in vegetarian capsules with no added fillers.

There are several strains of probiotics that can contribute to digestive health and wellness.

A synergistic mix of probiotic strains, enclosed in a single supplement, provide specific benefits:

Bifidobacterium bifidum

Found to reduce colon inflammation, strengthen the immune system, improve allergies and inhibit bacterial overgrowth

Bifidobacterium longum

Stimulates the immune system and provides gastrointestinal support during antibiotic use

Lactobacillus acidophilus

Creates a positive environment in which other probiotics thrive and inhibits the growth of invasive bacteria

Lactobacillus case:

Stimulates growth of beneficial organisms, enhances immunity, improves digestion and reduces milk intolerance

Lactobacillus plantarun‑

Reduces the movement of bacteria from the gut to internal organs and helps with the discomfort associated with malabsorption

Lactobacillus rhamnosis

Colonizes and protects thesmall intestine, inhibits growth of harmful bacteria and helps with lactose intolerance and diarrhea

Lactobacillus salivarius

Supports bowel health and strengthens the immune system

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