Why are Probiotics so important in today's trauma?
First let's take a look at how the mechanics of the human body works. As we know, we have both "good" and "bad" bacteria in our body. A healthy body should have a ratio of a little more "good" than "bad".
So what's the benefit of this "good" bacteria to our body? Well, our "good" bacteria regulates our immune system, breaks down carbohydrates, sugar and toxins, helps absorb fatty acids for cell growth, produces vitamin K for bone and wound health and keeps "bad" bacteria at bay.
Okay, so what about the "bad"? A healthy body needs "bad" bacteria also. Why? To help break down the food we eat and it helps to kill pathogens and parasite that may be in that food we ate.
So what happens when the "bad" overrides the "good" bacteria in the body. Sadly, it can cause anything from a pimple to pneumonia. It's been linked to pancreatic and colorectal cancers. And the "bad" bacteria will now travel to the bloodstream, sexual organs, pancreas, liver, stomach, heart, lungs, esophagus, mouth, sinuses, nervous system and the brain. But most importantly, when this "bad" bacteria gets into the bloodstream, it spreads throughout the "circulatory" system and restricts important immune responses such as the production of "T-lymphocytes (T-cells) which are the main "Search and Destroy" cells of the immune system.
This is important because these killer T-cells find and destroy infected cells that have been turned into virus-making factories. Killer T-cells are able to find the cells with viruses and destroy them.
So where do Probiotics fit into this equation? Probiotics are how we replenish our "good" bacteria so our killer T-cells can do their job.
But what kind of probiotic do we need to take? There are hundreds of probiotics on the market today and unfortunately most don't make it through our stomach acids to keep the "bad" bacteria in check. That's right! believe it or not, most of the probiotics you purchase these days don't even make it through the stomach acids to the intestines to do their job. The probiotic that I use and like is a spore-forming probiotic. Why?
Because this probiotic is heat-resistant. That means it can make it through the heat of the stomach acid unharmed and complete their journey to the intestines to re-build our army of "good" guys.
The other important factor about spore-forming probiotics is that they have the ability to attach to the lining of the intestine. There it can sprout like a bean sprout up out of the dirt. This allows them to latch on tightly to the lining wall and protect the intestine from harmful "bad" bacteria. Other probiotic cultures don't have that ability and are more likely to be flushed out of the intestine before they can do their job.