10 Types Of Bacteria That Are Good For You

fermented probiotic foodsThe thought of consuming bacteria on purpose is probably a hard one to swallow. When you think of bacteria, you probably think of germs running amok in your body causing disease. However, not all bacteria are bad and according to growing research, there’s plenty of good reasons to eat up. Science shows diets containing certain kinds of “good” live bacteria known as probiotics, found in fermented foods or supplements, can help treat or prevent a number of common health problems, like acne, allergies and various digestive conditions.

This good bacteria acts like the military of your body and fights off the “bad” bacteria. According to Dr. Frank Lipman, a celebrity holistic medicine professional, a healthy person’s body should contain around 100 trillion “good” bacteria at any given time. This bacteria assists with keeping your immune system in tip top shape, and in return the rest of your body says ‘thank you’ by having clear skin, a properly functioning digestive system and more.

Here are 10 strains of beneficial bacteria and their major reported health benefits which can be found in some fermented foods, such as yogurt, kefir, soy products, and pickles.

1. Lactobacillus Acidophilus

Reduces abdominal pain and bloating symptoms. This bacteria also supports a healthy immune digestive system.

2. Lactobacillus Plantarum

Reduces the risk factors of cardiovascular disease, especially in smokers.

3. Lactobacillus Casei

Alleviates symptoms of occasional diarrhea and encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria.

4. Lactobacillus Rhamnosus

Calms skin irritation.

5. Lactobacillus Salivarius

Protects the intestinal barrier against damage during the digestive process and reduces bad breath.