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We all know that bacteria can be found most anywhere - on door handles, sinks, kitchen cutting boards, toilet bowls (gross) etc. However, what some of us ar
Mar 14, 2009 | Joy McCarthy

We all know that bacteria can be found most anywhere - on door handles, sinks, kitchen cutting boards, toilet bowls (gross) etc. However, what some of us are not so aware of is that bacteria is also found in our digestive tract - in the trillions! GOOD bacteria is VERY important to our health, but the sad news is that most of us have an overgrowth of the bad. This is due to a variety of reasons: stress, sugar and processed foods, food additives (colourings & preservatives), chlorinated water, antibiotics, oral contraceptives and environmental toxins – which all make it very difficult for good bacteria to thrive.

Research shows that a good balance of friendly bacteria in our bodies helps to reduce disease (even some types of cancer), maintain a healthy digestive tract, build a strong immune system, may even aid in weight loss and of course, kill the bad bacteria like Salmonella and Clostridium. Your gut is a bacteria zoo! Here are some tongue twisters to remember: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Bifidobacterium bifidum and others – these are your friendly bacteria! You can find them in a good quality probiotic supplement, yogurt, milk, kefir, sour cream and fermented foods.

If you need more reasons to get your probiotics then read on about the power of probiotics.


Perhaps you eat a quality diet of complex carbs, lean protein and high quality fat (olive oil, avocado) AND take a quality supplement, but yet you still do not feel energized and often get sick. A healthy dose of probiotics produces digestive enzymes that increase the digestion and absorption of protein, fatty acids and vitamins such as B1, B2 and folic acid.


Bowel diseases and issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, ulcers, constipation/diarrhea, gas and bloating may be a result of a low level of good bacteria and an overgrowth of bad. Think of the good bacteria as the soldiers in your gut; they kill the bad guys and promote a healthy active digestive tract.


Did you know that 70% of your intestinal bacteria is responsible for your immunity? Did you also know that good bacteria helps to manufacture macrophages and lymphcytes (your immune system cells). Awesome! Good bacteria slows down and prevents the bad guys from crossing the barrier (your intestinal lining) and being absorbed into our blood stream, making us sick.


Simply put, bladder, kidney, ear and yeast infections are often the result of a low level of good bacteria, so the bad bacteria and yeast can take over and can lead to a variety of problems.


As well as dietary and lifestyle factors, high cholesterol can be the result of poor gut health. Having a healthy gut helps prevent the re-absorption of cholesterol back into the bloodstream by helping to break down cholesterol and eliminate it.

For all these reasons, it is very important to make sure you get your daily dose of good bacteria to keep your gut flora healthy and thriving!

be well!


Mar 14, 2009 BY Joy McCarthy
Andrew   •   March 14, 2009

feed the good, starve the bad! hard to imagine, but bacteria in the human body actually out-numbers our own cells... ( : another great post J : )

joyousness   •   March 14, 2009

Emilia   •   March 17, 2009

Great post Joy! Ever since I started taking those probiotics I have definitely noticed a huge difference, Thanks!

joyousness   •   March 18, 2009

Dee   •   March 18, 2009

Thanks J! You saved me with suggesting probiotics a few months ago... the change is amazing! :)

joyousness   •   March 19, 2009

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Pauline   •   September 18, 2011

Hi Joy, I enjoy your advices and try to follow them as much as i can. I would like to start taking a probiotic supplement,but I don't know which one to buy. I am 67 years old and I have been suffering from digestive problems for many years. I feel bloated most of the time and I'm medicated for irritable colon and stomach acid reflux. Thank you! Pauline

Joy McCarthy   •   September 20, 2011

Raymond   •   May 1, 2012

Hi, I'm lactose intolerant- any recommendation on pill that can replace the good probiotics i need? thx

Joy McCarthy   •   May 2, 2012

Sue de Zwart   •   June 25, 2015

Hi Joy, Can you recommend a probiotic supplement? Sue

Kate McDonald Walker   •   June 26, 2015

Kristen   •   May 8, 2017

Hi Joy, So I was at Sobeys today looking for Arrowroot Powder to make Natural Baby Power, all they had was Arrowroot starch/flour, is that the same thing? Also, have you heard of the brand Aromaforce for essential oil (that was also at Sobeys) I want to make your toothpaste and wondering what brand to use that's ok to consume, is there some essential oils I can consume and others I can't? Thanks Joy! Love your Live Facebook feeds too.

Rachel Molenda   •   May 9, 2017

Amanda S.   •   November 29, 2017

Hi Joy, Yesterday I purchased Genuine Health Advanced Gut Health Probiotic 15 billion CFU 30 Capsules. I was excited to begin taking them but now have concerns, because I mentioned my plan to take them to a colleague and she said her close friend had a terrible experience with a probiotic supplement-- her body apparently went haywire and it took her over a year to fully recover. Doing some research this morning, I found this article: Do you have any articles that are counter to this you could share? I am a bit afraid to take these now. Any suggestions on dosing when starting out? Thank you, Amanda


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