We have over 400 different types of bacteria in GI tracts and more bacterial cells than human cells in our entire body. These amazing little critters have an incredible effect on our physiology, both in our gut and in other areas of our bodies. We have a symbiotic relationship with them, we provide safe housing, and they provide a wealth of health benefits (many which have yet to be discovered). A quick review the research available today boasts the following probiotic effects:
- Prevention of allergies, asthma, and eczema in infants and children.
- Treatment of diarrhea (either infectious or following certain antibiotics)
- Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Prevention and treatment of inflammation following bowel surgery
- Prevention of bladder cancer recurrence
- Prevention and treatment of vaginal and urinary tract infections
- Reduction in severity of upper respiratory infections
- Alleviation of complaints related to lactose intolerance
- Prevention of dental cavities and periodontitis
- Treatment of halitosis (stinky breath)
- Treatment of H. pylori infections (H. Pylori is linked to stomach cancer)
- Reduction in carcinogenic compounds found in the bowel
- Reduction in the frequency of colds and flus
- Treatment of inflammatory bowel disease
And that’s just to name a few! Studies are still flushing out the far-reaching effects of probiotics on many other physiological processes, including liver health, fat metabolism, diabetes, and obesity.