The Health Benefits of Good Bacteria

There are a mass of health benefits given to us by good bacteria. First discovered in the early 20th century by Russian scientist Eli Metchnikoff, these active cultures were given to patients in the form of soured milk to help fight harmful intestinal bacteria, and to improve general health with noted success. Known to many as “probiotics”, this group of friendly bacteria can be found in most cheeses, yogurts and certain types of milk, and will help you stay healthy in more ways than you might imagine. From irregularity to even colon cancer, good bacteria is a great addition to any diet.

Digestive Health Benefits

Good or “friendly” bacteria is necessary in the human body to help boost the immune system and help protect against pathogens and microorganisms that can cause illness and infection. These live cultures also help keep the digestive tract in good running order, by helping keeping bowel movements consistent and destroying any harmful bacteria in the gut. With the friendly bacterias help, many digestive illnesses can be prevented and treated, such as irritable bowel syndrome, infectious diarrhea, lactose intolerance, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Colon Cancer Prevention

Colon cancer is one of the most fatal forms of cancer out there, second only to breast cancer in women and lung cancer in men. Eating a healthy diet is important to help prevent this form of cancer and good bacteria plays a vital role. By attacking and destroying many of the cancer causing carcinogens found in meat, good bacteria can help significantly help lower one’s risk for this fatal disease.

Women’s Health

Vaginal yeast infections happen to roughly three out of four women in their life time, and any woman who has had one can explain how uncomfortable they are. Good bacteria has been shown in several studies to help protect the vagina from the specific bacteria (Candida albicans) that causes them. Other than making sure some of the foods you eat have good bacteria, you can also get probiotics in the form of probiotic supplements and even probiotic vaginal suppositories (though the suppositories can be difficult to find). Good bacteria is also a good choice to treat vaginal infections due to the fact that it is a natural remedy,  which can be important to many women when it comes to vaginal health.


Though antibiotics are given to kill harmful bacteria, these drugs are not picky. Antibiotics kill friendly bacteria when in a persons system. When taking antibiotics, it’s important to also ingest probiotics to make sure that your intestinal tract stays in balance. People who take antibiotics for long periods of time or several antibiotics at once, without making sure their probiotic intake is satisfactory, can be at risk for the intestinal infection Clostridium difficile colitis (C-DIFF), a painful infection that causes watery diarrhea up to 3 to 15 times in a day, and mild to severe stomach cramping. C-diff is usually found in people during hospital stays and nursing home facilities, but can affect anyone.

The health benefits of good bacteria seem to be almost endless, and can be found in a variety of products. By making simple changes to your lifestyle or diet (eating a probiotic yogurt once a day), you can live a healthier, happier life.


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