The human body contains and estimated 100 trillion bacterial cells from at least 500 species , not including viruses and fungi. These bacteria are known as friendly bacteria or probiotics that are vital for many important biological functions. For example digestion, combating harmful bacteria, fungal and yeast infections, producing hormones to store excess nutrients and a healthy immune system are reliant on friendly bacteria.
There are estimated to be over 170 common diseases treated or alleviated with probiotics. For example, irritable bowel syndrome, atopic dermatitis, diarrhea, allergic rhinitis and the common cold. Probiotics also influence mood itself (probably because nutrition is closely related to mood and your body’s ability to absorb the nutrition and process it effectively).
According to the January 17, 2012 edition of the The Wall Street Journal, current research shows the gut affects bodily functions beyond digestion and immune function. Studies have shown intriguing links between the guts health and bone formation, learning and memory and even conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. Recent studies show that imbalances in intestinal bacteria can prompt depression and anxiety. The gut is important not only to digestion but to the entire body. This is how nutrition is absorbed. Nutrition is what makes us happy and healthy and helps feed our brain so we think good and feel great.
As Candace Pert, an internationally recognized pharmacologist explains in her book Molecules of Emotion, more than 90 percent of serotonin, the “feel good” hormone is found in the digestive tract. Unfortunately, fast food and fatty fried carbohydrates result in an imbalance of pathogenic bacteria versus beneficial bacteria in your gut. So take probiotic’s and give one a day to all the kids!