The word probiotic comes from the Greek language and simply means pro-life. Probiotics (also known as colonic bacteria, microbial organisms or micro-organisms), are the ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria that when eaten, or made by our bodies, give us stunning health benefits. A microbiome is the totality of microbes, bacteria, microflora, probiotics, their genetic elements (genomes), and environmental interactions in a defined environment. Put into simple language; your diet dominates and creates your proactive-living-healthy-gut-bacteria that run your immune system.
Every person has a slightly different bacterial colony as individual as their fingerprints. They enter into our body at birth (via breast milk) and stay with us during our life, naturally living in our gut as part of the complex internal ecosystem called the intestinal flora. Probiotics can weigh up to 3kg and normally function together like an organ. Your intestinal flora is the most influential area of variation that differentiates populations of humans and it is created, controlled and curtailed by one thing; your diet.
Bacteria run your health profile
There are 10 trillion cells in the human body but there are well over 100 trillion bacterial cells in your gut. This is why your gut is in charge, not your brain. This is where “gut feeling” comes from and this is why food dictates your emotions because food feeds your gut – and your gut dictates your emotions. These trillions of bacteria are in a life-long, symbiotic beneficial relationship with you whether you are aware of it or not (800 different species and 7,000 different strains). When the good probiotic microflora vastly outweighs the bad anaerobic bacteria (80/20), then you have a healthy gut and immune system. This is a fundamental part of keeping health, energy, vitality and strength in all the core body systems. Too much bad bacteria = disease.
Your own personal proactive antibiotics
Over 85% of your immune system is in your gut – the glands, mucosa, and mucosa-associated lymphoid system of the gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics are better than antibiotics as they are preventative and proactive – not reactive. They stimulate the gut to produce a strong immune response that does the job instead. Think of probiotics as your body’s own proactive antibiotics and you will understand why they keep you so healthy. We have an important and mutually beneficial relationship with these trillions of healthy bacteria living in our intestines in their perfect microbial farm. Your job is to provide an endless supply of fresh, healthy food and in return they run the day-to-day functioning of your digestive and immune systems, produce beneficial nutrients, protect you from illness and cleanse and purify you. The better the bacterial balance you have, the stronger you become.
Probiotics are your natural proactive bio-organic peace-keeping force.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.