The human body houses somewhere in the neighborhood of one hundred trillion probiotic bacteria within the body—about 3.5 pounds worth. The digestive tract alone contains about 400-500 different probiotic bacteria species. There are ten times more probiotic bacteria in the body than the body’s cells. This means our bodies are more bacterial than cellular. It is critical that we understand these vast populations of probiotics that dwell within our intestines, our mouths, and many other crevices throughout the body.
Frankly, research on probiotics is an emerging science. Humans have only become clear on the existence of probiotic bacteria within the past century. Every year we are discovering more about these tiny creatures we call probiotics. With every discovery, we find more evidence that without healthy colonies of probiotics, including lactobacilli and bifidobacteria and others, pathogenic, disease-causing bacteria will take their place.
The result is disease.
What are Probiotics?
In general, microorganisms may be either probiotic, pathobiotic or eubiotic with respect to humans. Probiotics are bacteria or fungi that live within our bodies with an overall benefit to our health. A probiotic will contribute positively to the body’s health in a number of ways. These friendly bacteria also are also called flora: (flora means “healthful”).
A pathobiotic is a microorganism that harms or impedes the body in one way or another.
Eubiotics can be either harmful or helpful to the body, depending on their colony size and location.
A healthy body contains a substantially greater number of probiotics than pathobiotics, while a diseased body likely contains more pathobiotic than probiotic populations.
This website will review some of the major highlights of our probiotic friends. We’ll summarize the major species and strains. We’ll cover the major conditions and ailments that probiotics have been shown by the research to improve or prevent. Here we’ll also excerpt some of the text of the new release, Probiotics – Protection Against Infection. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments!