Understanding and using probiotic cultures to better your health
There are various methods that you can use to allow beneficial bacteria to reproduce and multiply in predetermined media under controlled conditions. These methods are known as probiotic cultures.
People also refer to the different types of probiotic bacteria species as live bacteria cultures. To cut long story short...
Probiotic cultures are groups of microorganisms that colonise the digestive system and helps us with digestion amongst other things. Phew! This is me trying my best to be concise.
It is helpful and important for you to have a little more insight into how specific strains of bacteria can work for you to promote vitality and good health. For example...
Lactobacillus Acid Bacteria has many live bacteria species - the most popular are:
- Lactobacillus Acidophilus
- Lactobacillus Casei
- Lactobacillus Plantarium
- Lactobacillus brevis
The live probiotic cultures listed above do contribute to your good health significantly - mainly with their carbohydrate fermentation function. This decreases the PH in your digestive system. Why is this a big deal some of you might ask?...
Making the GI tract more acidic prevents the over growth of Proteolytic bacteria. Yes, Proteolytic bacteria are part of the microflora in your gastrointestinal tract; however, if you allow them to flourish, you will be sorry (Say hello to the unpleasant yeast infection).
Don’t get me wrong, proteolytic bacteria do have their uses; they help digest protein, but unfortunately also produce toxic substance.
Lets take a deeper look into one of the lactic acid bacteria species, L. Plantarium. This species is also present in saliva...
Bear with me, I will get to the good stuff shortly.
Lactobacillus Plantarium has the ability to survive the transit process. For instance, many strains need help to survive after you’ve swallowed or ingested them. Dead bacteria in your gut do not help you in any shape or form.
L. Plantarium aids in protecting the cell from cell damage. No big deal, right?
Symptoms of cell damage:
- Face twitching like a ridiculous muppet
- Irritability (personality changes)
- Nausea and confusion
- Severe lip twitching
- Arm twitching
- Tonic colonic (large intestine) seizures – intense muscle contraction followed by rapid spasms then alternate relaxation.
So probiotics cultures help us... a little. I have details of the other popular live bacteria species and strains in my free minerals and vitamins food guide. I also go through how to use this info to promote good health or to help deal with health issues.
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