Read If You Have Ever Taken Antibiotics
Probiotics are small organisms
that help maintain the natural balance of other organism in the
intestines. Probiotics may be a safe and "natural" approach
that helps curb the population of unwanted bacteria that cause microbial
infections. The largest group of probiotic bacteria in the intestine
is lactic acid bacteria.
A human's digestive tract ranges from 25-35 feet and houses over
400 species of bacteria. In total there are over a 100 billion organisms
in our digestive tract. A person taking antibiotics is equivalent
to pouring bleach into a fish tank to kill an overgrowth of algae.
The bleach not only kills the algae but everything else that is
present in that environment. It is necessary for people taking antibiotics
to alternate with probiotics because antibiotics kill beneficial
bacteria along with the bacteria causing the illness.
Favorable bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidus counter the sanitizing
effects of antibiotic therapy. Other probiotics that can be found
in supplemental form include: Lactobacillus
Plantarum, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, Lactobacillus Casei, Streptococcus
Faecuim, and Bifidobacterium Infantif.