Probiotics: The Friendly Bacteria
When people think about bacteria, they often think about bad bacteria, which causes illnesses and diseases. However, there are good bacteria, too, called probiotics. These friendly bacteria are found in the human body and certain foods we eat. In a healthy person, there can be around ten trillion healthy, living probiotic bacteria.
These “good bacteria” are essential for maintaining a strong immune system and healthy bodily functions, like digestion, aiding in the production of nutrients and vitamins, protecting the body from harmful microorganisms and antibiotic resistant bacteria, and aiding in the detoxification of harmful compounds.
Just like “bad bacteria,” there are numerous types of “good bacteria,” although healthcare providers, nutritionists, and other scientific professionals tend to group probiotics into one of two groups: Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Both of these groups of “good bacteria” can be found in certain dairy products we eat, like yogurt. Others are contained in yeasts or are naturally occurring within the body.
To learn more about probiotics and other benefits they can provide the body, please continue reading the following infographic.