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Our bodies are home to a mix of good and bad bacteria. They’re pretty much everywhere. That includes the mouth, gut, and skin. What I want to talk about is the gut bacteria. The reason I want to focus on good probiotic bacteria strains is that it helps to protect us by crowding out some of their dangerous relatives that can cause disease.
Basically speaking, there is only a handful of “bad” bacteria out there. Of the total bacteria in our bodies, a healthy balance is usually about 85% good bacteria and 15% bad. Sometimes and for some, that balance can get out-of-order ending up with more bad than there should be.
Within each species of bacteria, there is a multitude of strains. Some within certain species are strong and resilient. They have a great capacity to survive the trip through the upper digestive tract and interact with the immune system to inhibit pathogenic bacteria. Other strains are weak and cannot even survive transit through the stomach or small intestine.
What’s important to know is that just because one strain of bacteria in a given species has a proven action or characteristic, it does not mean that another strain will too, even if they are closely related. It should also be noted that a probiotic strain that works in one condition will not necessarily be effective for other conditions.
What Are Harmful Bacteria?
Harmful bacteria are those which can trigger a response from our body’s immune system most commonly represented as symptoms of a disease present in many forms, not always visible to the human eye.
First, they will enter your large intestine and find a suitable space to inhabit. Next, they will begin to grow in numbers and occupy more and more space on your gut wall. The “harmful” bacteria possess antigens that elicit these immune responses within our bodies. Opportunistic pathogens, under normal conditions, does not immediately trigger an immune response.
They exist as common bacterial flora in the human body. They wait for the immune system to be at its weakest when they express their antigenic content to make the immune system even weaker and stretch its fighting capabilities.
To achieve desired therapeutic outcomes, it is vital to prescribe specific probiotic strains that have shown the qualities required with the condition in question whenever possible, because strains of bacteria, even with the same species, can have different therapeutic actions and characteristics.
To restore your gut to optimal health we have to reintroduce some beneficial strains and species of bacteria that have been reduced in your digestive tract. These are taken as a supplement called ‘probiotics’.
Probiotic bacteria inhabit the gut and keep out non-beneficial microorganisms from what you eat, medicines taken and the stress you experience.
17 Beneficial Bacterial Strains
1. Lactobacillus Acidophilus
•relieve gas, bloating and digestive conditions
•improve lactose intolerance
•improve blood pressure
•fight viral, bacterial & fungal infections
•improve Infant conditions
•reduce allergy severity
2. Bifidobacterium Bifidum
•establish initial infant microflora
•fight yeast overgrowths
•Fight E. coli infections
•prevent and treat acute diarrhea
•support the production of vitamins in the gut.
•inhibit harmful bacteria.
•support immune system response
3. Bifidobacterium Longum
•support liver function
•remove lead and heavy metals
4. Lactobacillus Brevis
•boost cellular immunity
•enhance natural T-killer cells
•kill h. pyloric bacteria
•reduce periodontal disease
•reduce mouth ulcers
reduce urinary oxalate levels (kidney stones)
•decrease H. pylori colonization.
5. Streptococcus Thermophilus
•reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea
•decrease ulcerative colitis symptoms
•improve lactose digestion
•decrease IBS symptoms
•decrease acute diarrhea
•prevent & fight upper respiratory infections (eg. pneumonia)
•fights AIDS symptoms
•improves non-breast-fed infant probiotic flora
•reduce symptoms of atopic dermatitis
•decrease chances of kidney stones
•increase HDL (good cholesterol)
•increase anti-tumor activity
•decrease baby colic
6. Bifidobacterium Infantis
•alleviate IBS symptoms
•reduce IBS symptoms
• acute diarrhea
•protect the vaginal canal from infection and invasion
•reduce the risk of kidney stones
•reduce urinary oxalate (associated with kidney stone
Benefits for Babies and Infants
•establish infant microflora
•reduce death among very low birth weight infants
•increase immunity among very low birth weight infants
•improve immune system
•reduce inflammatory allergic response
7. Bifidobacterium Breve
• alleviate constipation in children
•Improves skin health
•improve infants’ weight gain
•helps alleviate abdominal pain and boost stool frequency in children
• improve serum levels of total cholesterol, fasting glucose and insulin.
•those with asthma
•alleviate the symptoms of allergic rhinitis
•boost the immune system
•reduce hypersensitivity to cow’s milk
•elimination of toxins.
8. Bacillus Coagulans
•improves nutrient absorption
•reduce inflammation and arthritis
9. Lactobacillus Rhamnosus
•prevent adhesion by intestinal and urogenital pathogens
•inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast
•increase glucose control
•boost immunity effects
•fight bacterial infections
•decrease frequency of ear infections
•decrease frequency of respiratory infections
•decrease frequency & severity of colds and flu
•inhibit ulcer-causing H. pylori
•stimulate general immunity
•enhance immunity in HIV/AIDS patients
•decrease HIV/AIDS symptoms
•reduce allergies and inflammation
•reduce general inflammation
•decrease eczema symptoms
•prevent atopic eczema
•stimulate infant growth
•stimulate tumor-killing activity
•decrease colon cancer risk
•decrease leaky gut symptoms
•decrease IBS symptoms
•lower bad cholesterol
10. Lactobacillus Reuteri
•inhibit the growth of intestinal and urogenital harmful organisms
• kill HIV and other viruses through its acid production.
•produce hydrogen peroxide that many believe is important in vaginal health.
•stimulate growth and feeding among preterm infants
•reduce salivary mutants
•reduce plaque on teeth
•inhibit vaginal candidiasis
•decrease symptoms of IBS reduce •IgE eczema in infancy reduce infant colic
•reduce vagina pH
•reduce colds and influenza
•stabilize barrier function (reducing intestinal permeability)
•decrease atopic dermatitis
11. Lactobacillus Salivarius
•improves digestive health
•improves dental health
12. Lactobacillus Helveticus
•reduce blood pressure
•improve sleep quality
•increase levels of serum calcium in the blood
•decrease PTH (associated with bone loss)
•normalize microflora colonization composition for infants fed formula
13. Lactobacillus Casei
•inhibit h. pylori
•helps fight infections
•inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
•irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Is Also Useful For Helping
Acne, hives, and fever blisters, allergies, eczema, dermatitis, cold, flu, and respiratory infection, ear infection. Oral health problems such as plaque, gingivitis, and canker sores. Helicobacter pylori infection, which causes stomach ulcers, Lyme disease, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a serious intestinal disease common in premature infants. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) urinary tract and vaginal infections.
14. Bifidobacterium Lactis
•decrease cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth
•fight dental caries
•reduce the frequency & severity of respiratory diseases
•increase vaccination immune response
•increase immunity among the elderly
•strengthen the immune system
•reduce colds and flu
15. Lactococcus Lactis
•fight cancerous tumors
•increase tumoricidal activity
•improve digestive conditions
•improve general digestive comfort
•decrease intestinal permeability
•decrease lactose intolerance
•normalize bowel movements
•decrease IBS symptoms
•treat acute diarrhea
16. Lactobacillus Bulgaricus
•LDL levels, total cholesterol
•increase immunity and fight viruses
•decrease leaky gut symptoms
•decrease diarrhea & nausea
•improve dairy digestion
•improve IBS symptoms
•decrease tooth decay
•manage HIV symptoms
17. L. Plantarum
•improve your digestion
•increase your immunity
•improve overall health
Some of the strains listed can help in the same area as others but what I wanted was to give you a basic sample list of what each strain of good bacteria could help. Hopefully, you will gain an idea of what they are broadly used for, especially if you are looking to invest in your health by choosing to take a probiotic, for yourself or your loved ones.
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