Written by Alison Bell
Probiotics are a critical piece to supporting your overall health, vitality and many of the issues we face today such as autoimmunity and gut dysbiosis. Probiotics are one of the best ways to strengthen the gut when combined with a healthy diet.
So what exactly are probiotics? They are bacteria! Living micro-organisms that are used in the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and allergies. They are the good guys living in our gastrointestinal tract fighting the bad bacteria. Over time, antibiotics, medication, poor diet and the western lifestyle will compromise the gut health. One of the benefits of a probiotic is to help restore the good bacteria to the gut microbiome and help with the immune responses of the gut’s mucosal system.
So here are the reasons to take probiotics!
1. They enhance immunity
2. Cold & Flu Prevention
3. Food digestion
4. Preventing Allergies
5. Curing Autism
 Effects of probiotic therapy in critically ill patients: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial1,2,3Cathy Alberda1, Leah Gramlich1, Jon Meddings1, Catherine Field1,Linda McCargar1, Demetrios Kutsogiannis1, Richard Fedorak1, and Karen Madsen1
 Kekkonen RA, Lummela N, Karjalainen H, Latvala S, Tynkkynen S, Järvenpää S, Kautiainen H, Julkunen I, Vapaatalo H, Korpela R.
Probiotic intervention has strain-specific anti-inflammatory effects in healthy adults.
World J Gastroenterol 2008; 14(13): 2029-2036http://www.wjgnet.com/1007-9327/14/2029.asp
 World J Gastroenterol. 2008 Apr 7;14(13):2029-36. Probiotic intervention has strain-specific anti-inflammatory effects in healthy adults.
Kekkonen RA1, Lummela N, Karjalainen H, Latvala S, Tynkkynen S, Jarvenpaa S, Kautiainen H, Julkunen I, Vapaatalo H, Korpela R.
 Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2005 Jul;43(7):318-26. Effect of a dietary supplement containing probiotic bacteria plus vitamins and minerals on common cold infections and cellular immune parameters. Winkler P1, de Vrese M, Laue Ch, Schrezenmeir J.
 Probiotic Administration in Early Life, Atopy, and Asthma: A Meta-analysis of Clinical Trials Nancy Elazab, Angelico Mendy, Janvier Gasana, Edgar R. Vieira, Annabelle Quizon, Erick Forno