Do you love your inner health as much as you love your outer wellbeing? We are what we eat, therefore, what we take in can affect what we become. What if someone tells you a billion dosage of bacteria can make a whole lot of goodness to your body? That sounds kind of ridiculous right? We try as much as we can to kill bacteria as they are the cause of many illnesses such as food poisoning, gastritis, ulcers, meningitis, wound infections, strep throat, pneumonia and a lot more. Bacterial infections are also contagious and can be life-threatening if it becomes complicated. To avoid being infected, much of the products we use nowadays have antibacterial capabilities in them such as antibacterial lotions, soaps, wipes, washes, cleaning agents and we have the antibiotics that either kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. After all, this, imagine someone telling you to ingest bacteria for a healthy body. You would think they’re insane!
The idea of making use of bacteria as a health remedy is, therefore, such an interesting and controversial concept. Who would have thought that some bacteria can be beneficial to us? These helpful bacteria are commonly called probiotics and you often read them on the label of your favorite yogurt – that is if you did read the labels of the products you are buying! If not, I guess it’s just about time that you make yourself aware of what you are getting and allow us to teach you a thing or two about what you were having when you consumed a cup of tasty yogurt.
The word probiotic was coined from the Latin Pro as in “for” and the Greek word Bios which means “life”. Probiotics have a long history. The idea was first conceived by Roman naturalist Piney the Elder who recommended fermented milk as a treatment for intestinal problems. Years later, in 1899, Henry Tissler who is a research scientist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, discovered that breastfed infants who have bifidobacteria in their digestive tracts reported fewer diarrheal illnesses. The study was taken further by Eli Metchnikoff, a Russian scientist also from the Pasteur Institute in Paris after he discovered that Bulgarian peasants lived a much greater lifespan than wealthier Europeans despite poverty and harsh climate. Their longer life expectancy was attributed to the benefits of drinking fermented milk products. He was later awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for his published study “The Prolongation of Life: Optimistic Studies”. He is generally considered as the father of probiotics.
But before we go on a bacteria buying spree, we need to identify those that are actually beneficial to our body. Probiotics include lactobacilli, bifidobacteria, and some yeast and they all have different benefits to the body. A typical dosage of between 1 billion to 10 billion of Lactobacillus acidophilus is deemed acceptable.
Following the recommended dosage, the Ultimate Probiotic by Mayfair Nutrition is highly recommended. It contains all the good bacteria that your body needs and more such as acidophilus, Streptococcus thermophilus, lactobacillus rhamnosus salivarius, and Bifidobacterium. Although we naturally have these “friendly” bacteria inside our body, we lose them due to everyday environmental factors such as from antibiotics (if an individual is on treatment), food containing pesticide and foods containing artificial sugars. If our “friendly” bacteria are low, it will give an opportunity for the “bad” bacteria to multiply. This is the main reason why patients who are taking antibiotics experience problems in their intestinal tract. To avoid these issues, we need to make sure we have enough “friendly” bacteria or probiotics in our gut.
L.Acidophilus is an acid resistant probiotic that lines your small intestine. They are also found in the lining of your vagina, cervix and your urethra. They basically produce lactic acid that inhibits the adherence and multiplication of pathogens such as E. Coli and Staphylococcus and Salmonella which are the common causes of food poisoning. It can also protect you from yeast infections. It also plays an important role in the digestion of dairy products and Vitamin K production which is very important for blood clotting and bone development. This super bacterium can be your lifesaver!
Streptococcus Thermophilus has 12 scientifically proven health benefits and discussing them all deserves an article for itself. To quickly summarize, this good bacteria has been found to reduce lactose intolerance, stimulates the system, prevents diarrhea associated with antibiotic consumption, may improve your oral health, prevent gastritis, improve mucositis, helps increase the folate and hemoglobin content in the blood, can cause a significant increase in skin ceramide levels and of course, stimulates the growth of the other good bacteria.
Lactobacillus Rhamnosus/Salivarius dwells in the gut and they are very helpful in promoting immunity in treating IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and relieving flatulence as well. Other than its role in our digestive system, it is also used to treat asthma and allergic skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis eczema. At present, it is not being studied further to see its capability to treat a tumor.
Bifidobacterium Bifidum is probably our favorite among all the probiotic strains. This is most active and hardworking of all as it consists nearly 95% of your intestinal bacteria. This probiotic attaches itself to the lining of your intestine to protect it from toxins and germs. It also helps produce important vitamins like B12, biotin, and K2.
You can never go wrong with Ultimate Probiotic as it does not only guarantee a healthy gut but a healthy wallet as well. You get the right amount of probiotics at a reasonable cost wrapped in a 100% hassle-free manufacturer’s guarantee. If that doesn’t make you purchase one, we don’t know what will.