Probiotics for Everyone
Everyone who is more than a few hours old needs beneficial microflora. “Friendly bacteria” are like food, we need them for good health as long as we live. We will not die without these intestinal flora bacteria, as we would without food, but we will not be healthy. And we will be susceptible to the many specific disorders that can afflict the body. Many older people do not have enough beneficial intestinal flora bacteria in their intestines and they have more putrefactive bacteria than there are in younger people. Could this lack of friendly microflora be a reason many older people are in poor health?
Babies are born with no intestinal flora bacteria which changes as soon as they have their first taste of milk. Mother’s milk is rich in microflora, and most of the bacteria—over 90%–are Bifidobacterium infantis. Some authors suggest that the B. infantis bacteria in mother’s milk are an important part of the strong immune function passed from mother to infants.
Formula fed babies have more of a variety of types of bacteria – more like all babies have when they are weaned. Whether breast-fed or formula-fed, by the time the baby is a week old, it’s tiny intestines are host to a thriving microflora garden. If that garden stays balanced, the chances are that, when the baby is fifty years old, he will say, “I’ve never been sick in my life.”
Keeping a healthy balance of intestinal flora bacteria depends upon a lifestyle and a diet that includes foods or food products with beneficial flora. Since very few of us make fresh yogurt daily or drink unprocessed buttermilk daily, and nearly all of us have lifestyles that encourage dysbiosis, most of us need the food products with beneficial flora — Probiotics.
Who Needs Probiotics?
Probiotics are products that are made up of live “friendly bacteria.” If your lifestyle includes any of the following, probiotics will make a big difference in your life:
Probiotics are necessary for anyone who:
Eats processed food.
Eats food with chemical additives.
Lives where there are pollutants in the air, water, or environment.
Drinks chlorinated water.
Has taken antibiotics, antifungals, anti-inflammatories.
Has digestive problems.
Has food allergies or sensitivities.
Has high stress levels.
So it is safe to say that just about every single person needs a probiotic.
The information posted is my opinion from my experience and is for educational purposes only and is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. I do believe that the right medical doctors can play a significant role, but I do feel it is up to each person to take personal responsibility for their own health. The reader should always consult his/her qualified healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.