Many years ago, people started eating fermented foods like cheeses, soy sauce, yogurt, miso ,”yakult”, etc. These foods went on fermentation process that uses enzymes hence, makes the food healthily preserved and enriched with probiotics. Probiotics are healthy,”friendly” or non-pathogenic organisms which help our body especially the colon to maintain its normal functions. Until a Bulgarian scientist, named Metchnikoff, further studied the health benefits of taking live microbial containing foods, taken as supplements for colon health to improve microbial intestinal balance. The belief in the beneficial effect of the probiotics approval is based on the knowledge that intestinal miroflora provides protection against various diseases.
“I Gut You”
Gut bacteria are estimated to have 400 strains and a thousand of billions intestinal bacteria. Majority of them comprised 85% of good bacteria, and 15% of bad bacteria. By keeping at this 85/15 ratio of good bacteria: bad bacteria, will give our body a stronger barrier or prevention from acute and chronic infections. Getting Probiotics inside our gut will give us protection from these harmful or bad bacterial effects.
“Living Together or Symbiosis”
We live in symbiotic relationship with good bacteria. Good bacteria protect us from harmful effects of bad bacteria by preventing their colonization and growth. Good bacteria produce organic acids, inhibit adhesion substances against bad bacteria and thereby compete for nutrients with the pathogenic or bad bacteria. It means that good bacteria will not harm our body and the more good bacteria reside in our gut the more protection they can provide for us by strengthening our immune system, which is our body’s first line of defense. Good bacteria compete bad bacteria by occupying receptor sites and nutrients for survival. Our body can be protected indirectly by these good bacteria by stimulating the release of our own defense mechanism known as immune system which involves (to name a few) white blood cells (help to fight infections and inflammation), macrophages (kill bacteria by engulfing them), natural killer cells (T and B Lymphocytes) effect tumorcidal (lysis or dissolution of tumor) activity, and limit bacterial transfer, multiplication and growth. Probiotics also enhance production of vitamin K and B complex and help in the digestion and absorption of minerals.
Your friend in health,
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