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Jim Fain Our friends...the bugs. Not the ones that go scattering when you turn the light on at home but the ones who have real estate inside your gastro-intestinal tract. Good ones, like good neighbors, add health and well being to our lives. Others, can cause us belly aches, ulcers and much more.
There are probably thousands of different families of these microorganisms living inside of us and many more which sort of visit and move on, a kind of itinerant work force. Both have important impacts on our life spans as well as quality of life.
Medicine and science have known for a long time the beneficial qualities of some of these, and you do hear medical doctors recommending Acidophilus supplements after you have taken a big dose of antibiotics. Acidophilus is only one of the many beneficial bugs we have to have to live well. Probiotics is a better word to call them.
Three specific effects on our bodies by these guys discovered are: elimination of cancer causing toxins; reduction of bad enzymes which lead to cancer; and tumor suppression. Even though these good bugs live in our GI tract, the benefits aren't just limited to the gut.
For instance, probiotics cause cholesterol in the blood to drop, calcium to be better absorbed, food poisoning to be reduced or prevented and yeast populations to be reduced overall. There are many other benefits, such as elimination of food allergies and bowel irritability.
These good guys love to live in our systems and as they reproduce their colonies push out bad organisms living in the area. Also, the good guys eat up food source the bad guys would otherwise dine on and the good guys leave behind what the bad guys would call pollution, which makes life unbearable for them. Mind you, this is all good for us people.
Probiotic supplements most often are freeze-dried so they don't have to be refrigerated any longer, unlike the old-fashioned products of 20 years ago. Seems like these little guys offer a lot, far beyond what their size would suggest.