What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live microbial organisms that are naturally present in the digestive tract.
Probiotics are beneficial and are referred to as "friendly" bacteria. Some of the ways probiotics promote health include suppressing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, improving immune function, and enhancing the protective barrier of the digestive tract.
A number of medical, diet, and lifestyle factors are believed to disturb the balance in the colon. This imbalance is called dysbiosis. Factors include:
- Oral antibiotic therapy
- Infant formula feeding
- Ingestion of environmental toxins
Due to stress, the Standard American Diet (full of processed foods and sugar), lifestyle choices and regular use of antibiotics and other drugs, you may be lacking the microflora your body needs to maintain healthy digestion, to fight illness and disease, and to make sure your body gets all the nutrients it needs.
Less healthy bacteria will increase the risk of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Yeast infections, and many other infections.
Facts about Probiotics
- Your intestinal tract is colonized with more than 100,000 billion micro-organisms. So, there
areapproximately 10 times the number of micro-organisms in your body than there are your own body cells!
- As fewer babies are being breast-fed, and as fewer people continue to get friendly flora from raw, washed vegetables and fruits as well as kefir and yogurt, more intestinal problems and body-wide health problems are arising, at all ages.
- Lack of exposure to these friendly micro-organisms is a likely cause of rising incidence of allergies and asthma.
- When the balance of microbiota is disturbed, the person involved can become susceptible to disease. You have to have the friendly bacteria in sufficient numbers to fight off the harmful, even life-threatening, bacteria.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.