Warning: Many supplements adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!


Most people try to avoid bacteria and destroy bacteria, but not all bacteria is harmful. In fact a lot of bacteria are needed and benefical for good health. The good bacteria is known as Probiotic.

Live bacteria, or Probiotics that live in the human gut are organisms that contribute to the health and balance of the intestinal tract. A Probiotic is also known as friendly, beneficial, or good bacteria, which when ingested acts to maintain a healthy intestinal tract and help fight illness and disease. If taken in the right amount and for the right illness, Probiotics can fight disease. Reaserch is ongoing as to types, doses and disease compatibilities of Probiotics.

Many things such as eating the wrong foods, drinking chlorinated water, stress illness and the use of antibiotics in meat and dairy production as well as antibiotics in medical treatments will destroy the good bacteria along with the bad bacteria. This makes it a good thing to replenish your body with Probiotics on a regular basis.

There are many natural sources of Probiotics. Some of the best sources are yogurt that contains live bacterial culture, kefir (a fermented milk drink), cheese, naturally fermented sauerkraut, fermented and unfermented milk, miso, and some juices and soy drinks. They are also found naturally in whole wheat, onions and leeks.

Also remember that heating or cooking destroys bacteria, meaning grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza, lasagna etc. wont have any Probiotics in them.

Various strains of bacteria have a different effects on the body. One Probiotic may help with diarrhea, while another may aid the immune system or help with infections. For now it isn't possible to say which strains benefit a particular ailment but the more types of Probiotics you consume the better the chance it will have positive effect for you.

Probiotics have to be a steady part of your diet. They might remain in your gut anywhere from a day to a month, they are quickly killed off by stomach acid. Everyone is different. A daily diet of Probiotics is needed to get any benefit. Always look for the freshed Probiotic foods as time on the grocery shelf will also destroy the good bacteria.

It isn't enough to just injest Probiotics. To get these beneficial bacteria to flourish and multiply in your body , they need to be "fed". Probiotics will thrive on foods such as artichokes, asparagus, onions, chicory, garlic, leeks, bananas and dried peas and beans. Make sure to add some of these foods to your diet.


Some strains of Probiotic bacteria can kill the disease promoting bacteria that live inside your intestines.

Probiotics are recommended for people who take antibiotics, are under stress or are travelling. Stress can upset your stomach, and travelers are exposed to new organisms that the body isn't used to. This alters the balance in your gut and great benefits can be had from Probiotics.

Probiotics have been shown to have many benefits:

    - Treat diarrhea, especially after antibiotic treatments
    - Prevent and treat vaginal yeast and urinary tract infections
    - Treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    - Reduce bladder cancer recurrence
    - Shorten the duration of intestinal infections
    - Prevent and treat inflammation following colon surgery
    - treating allergies
    - Prevent eczema in children
    - treating of Candida
    - Probiotics also improve over all general health.


The label on your yogurt container will say something like "active yogurt cultures." But manufacturers can make any claim they want on those containers. That's because there are no Canadian or US government regulations on how much live bacteria they should contain. In many cases, while made with live bacterial cultures, many yogurts no longer have enough of them by the time they get to your grocery store.

Also, don't depend on a single food to solve your health problems. A wide variety of quality foods including vegetables, fruit, whole grain products, milk, lean meats, etc. go a long way towards more healty life.


Probiotics in natural foods are a safe food. But when taken in high doses as supplements the is a warning to pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants and with impaired immune systems, such as chemotherapy patients, not to take them without consulting a doctor first.

Probiotic supplements come in capsule, liquid and tablet form. Properly prepared and stored, Probiotic bacteria can remain viable in dried form and reach the intestine alive after being consumed. This may not always be the case. When purchasing and using supplements, it's buyer beware.


Warning: Many supplements adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!


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