What’s a Probiotic?

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Your gastrointestinal tract is home to more microorganisms than there are people on the Earth. Some of those organisms help your body to digest your food, others are pathogenic and harmful no matter what, and others are opportunistic pathogens which are harmful under the right conditions. These opportunistic pathogens must be kept in check by competition from “good organisms.”

This is where probiotics come in. Probiotics are the good organisms that prevent bad organisms from establishing themselves in your gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics can out-compete bad organisms for nutrients or they can release compounds that inhibit their growth.

When people take antibiotics, populations of both good and bad bacteria get wiped out. Bad organisms are then free to establish themselves which can lead to gastrointestinal problems.

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