What are probiotics?
Probiotics are essentially bacteria that are good for you, and which the body needs in order to survive. The average human body has up to 1kg of beneficial bacteria in the gut, and there are 7-10 times as many bacteria in your body as there are human cells…so you are actually more bacteria than you are human, in a way!
Bacteria are responsible for processing food that enters the body and extracting the nutrition so that the body can actually use that food. Bacteria give nutrition to the body. They assist the body to create its own vitamins and natural antibiotics. They are responsible for up to 80% of the body’s immunity. They are responsible for fighting infections and preventing the build-up of germs (disease-causing bacteria). So, in fact, bacteria are as important as food and water… If you don’t have any of those 3 things you die. Now you can see why it’s so important. 100 years ago, maybe we didn’t need to supplement our good bacteria – we got all that we needed from the food we ate, water we drank etc. Today, that’s not the case.
Fertilizers and herbicides destroy the natural bacteria in soils that we would have gotten in our diet. Antibiotics further destroy the bacteria in livestock, so we are not getting our bacteria in our meat either. As a result, in this modern age we have an explosion of body problems that didn’t all exist before: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohns, Celiacs, constipation…and a whole lot of other problems caused by bacterial imbalances: blood sugar, immunity problems, even mental health problems.
So, you can see probiotics are not something “nice” to have, they have absolutely everything to do with the health of every part of your body…just as important as food.