Taking a good probiotic is essential for good health. Here is why:
Your gut has three types of bacteria.
1. Beneficial Flora- Friendly bacteria that do good in our body.
2. Opportunistic Flora- These microbes/bacteria are normally limited and controlled by the good flora in a healthy person.
3. Transitional Flora- We ingest these daily. When we have a good amount of beneficial flora, we are able to digest these and pass them through without harm. However, if we do not have a healthy amount of beneficial flora, these microbes cause illness and disease.
Lack of beneficial flora causes illness (stomach virus, common cold, etc.) disease (cancer), autoimmune disease, and mental illness. Basically everything is linked to our gut. It is the root of your immune system. Being on antibiotics and even certain vaccines kill our gut flora. That is why kids who are on several rounds of antibiotics continue to get sick over and over again. The antibiotics keep killing their healthy gut flora making them more susceptible to illness. It is a viscous cycle.
If you are not on a good probiotic, look into getting one from a health food store. Try to get one in the refrigerated section. Infants to elderly people can all benefit from being on a probiotic.