Probiotics are the good bacteria in our large intestine (i.e. the colon). They are absolutely necessary for proper digestion, for the general health of the large colon, and for preventing the colonization by “bad” toxic bacteria. Such colonization by bad bacteria can lead to toxins being released into the entire body through the blood stream. Probiotics prevent this from happening. As such the benefits of probiotic supplements significantly contribute to good health. Because of this quality, probiotics are also an essential part of any effective detox program. Bad bacteria also cause inflammation in the colon, which can cause many serious diseases. Some common symptoms are diarrhea, constipation and pain in the belly region. Probiotics inhibit this inflammation and help maintain abalanced immune system. Research shows that they also prevent the colonization of the vagina with pathogenic bacteria as well as candida (i.e. yeast).
Probiotics are also necessary for the production and release into the body of some essential vitamins. The most notable of which is vitamin K. Without vitamin K blood can not clot, something that can lead to excessive bruising and internal bleeding. Finally, through their detoxifying qualities and their ability to balance the immune system, probiotics make a significant contribution in helping prevent cancer, most significantly colon cancer.
Supplementation with probiotics is absolutely essential to good health. This is especially true for someone that does not regularly consume fermented dairy products (i.e. kefir etc.) and for individuals that are on or have recently been on antibiotic treatment. Antibiotics kill the bad and the good bacteria in the colon. Therefore the benefits of probiotic supplements are absolutely critical during such treatment.