Probiotics Products Use Bacteria to Protect Your Immune Strength

A normal person’s body holds 10 "friendly" bacteria for every 1 body cell, which seems incredible, and is something to think about when you want to kill all germs. Most of them are beneficial, normal and natural.

They even act as part of your immune system. That’s because when they occupy valuable space in your body such as your mouth and intestines, they make it difficult for hostile microbes to establish an infection within those spaces — which is good for you. You want the friendly, useful microbes in your gut instead of the kind that want to give you diarrhea, for example.

Supplement Facts Friendly bacteria can even be used as therapy to fight back against infections. Called "PRObiotic," the opposite of ANTIbiotic.

This dates back to 1877, when Louis Pasteur and Jules Joubert noticed that normal human bacteria could kill the deadly anthrax bacillus. Years later, Jay Schiotz noticed that a patient with a staph throat infection could not be infected with diptheria. He tried spraying the throats of diptheria victims with staphylococci and thus cured one disease with another.

In 1917, following a severe outbreak of shigellosis among soldiers, the German professor Alfred Nissle isolated a strain of Escherichia coli from the excrement of a soldier who did NOT develop enterocolitis during the outbreak, Nissle used this strain of E. coli to treat the intestinal diseases salmonellosis and shigellosis.

There’s growing evidence that even antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria can be controlled by encouraging the growth of friendly bacteria. Bacteria do NOT have an open-door immigration policy. They multiply until they occupy all possible areas and are using all possible biochemical resources in a "neighborhood" — area of your body. When an intruder arrives, they do NOT roll out the welcome mat. They do NOT give up their homes and their food supplies to newcomers. When the "undocumented" aliens can’t find food and shelter in your gut, they die without reproducing, thus saving you from a bad case of diarrhea or worse.

Your intestines should hold at least 85% beneficial bacteria. There are 400 types of bacteria you should welcome to your intestines.

Encouraging lactobacillus acidophilus (LAB) growth can help defeat rotavirus infections that give many children diarrhea and vaginal suppositories of it can help prevent urinary tract infections in women. Other friendly bacteria can help control the Helicobacter pylori infection that causes ulcers, and even reduce or control precancerous lesions in the intestines.

Bifidobacterium is another widely used type of probiotic.

They help control the fungal candida, thrush, vaginal yeast infections and athlete’s foot.

Related to probiotics are prebiotics. These are nondigestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth and/or activity of beneficial microorganisms already in your colon. When probiotics and prebiotics are mixed together, they form a synbiotic. The idea is still to drive out hostile infections by replacing them with benign microbes.

According to some people, good bacteria are disrupted by chlorinated drinking water, alcohol and birth control pills. Some authorities may dispute that, but there’s no doubt that antibiotics kill off ALL bacteria — good and bad alike.

Eating live yogurt can help establish or maintain good bacteria, as can Japanese Miso and Tempeh, some cheeses, garlic, onions and bananas.

If you take a probiotic supplement, make sure it’s enteric coated so that it can pass through your stomach, so the bacteria are released in your intestines where they belong.