(We call these Tummy Buddies).
Probiotics are live microbial organisms that are naturally present within the digestive tract and body.
Probiotics are considered beneficial and are sometimes referred to as “friendly” bacteria. Some of the ways they are thought to promote health include suppressing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, improving immune function, enhancing the protective barrier of the digestive tract (the gut lining), and helping the body to produce vitamin K.
Digestive Health Probiotic Balance – Probiotics and Pathogens.
Live bacterial microorganisms living within the gastrointestinal tract (digestive system) are commonly called “Microbiota”. The balance of microbiota within the g.i. tract is made up of both probiotic and pathogenic bacteria. To you and me, the good guys (Tummy Buddies) and the bad guys (Tummy Baddies). It is worth noting that the average healthy person has a balance of both good and bad bacteria at all times. It is only when the delicate balance of these bacteria become imbalanced, that digestive disorders may occur. An imbalance of microbiota within the digestive system is also known as Dysbiosis.
What is Dysbiosis? – An Imbalance of Probiotic and Pathogenic Bacteria.
Dysbiosis, sometimes also known as Dys-symbiosis and dysbacteriosis is a common condition which describes the imbalance of probiotic, and pathogenic bacteria within the body (for example too little of the good beneficial bacteria within the gastrointestinal tract which then leads to an increase in bad bacteria). Dysbiosis can be caused by a number of factors including getting older, travelling and taking anti-biotics which kill of both the good and the bad bacteria bacteria within the digestive system. An imbalance of gut bacteria is thought to contribute to many health and digestive issues including popular ailments such as IBS, food allergies and intolerances, weight gain, low energy levels, poor immunity, poor skin health such as Eczema, as well as Candida and Thrush and Antibiotic Associated Diarrhoea (AAD).