Problems begin when levels of good bacteria are reduced. This can happen after a bout of gastroenteritis or a course of antibiotics, which destroy all types of bacteria. With fewer good bacteria present, harmful strains such as pathogens can multiply and cause havoc to good health. Research suggests certain chronic illnesses may be caused by bad bacteria such as E. Coli and clostridium in the gut which give off excessive amounts of waste products. When these collide with other food sources they ferment and leave toxic chemicals in the gut. This process is called malfermentation which some researchers have suggested could be the cause of food intolerances.
Boosting levels of good bacteria in you gut may help you control food intolerances. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), probiotics are: 'Live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.' WHO states for foods to be described as probiotic they should contain enough good bacteria that are alive and active until the end of use by the expiration date and can survive strong stomach acid.
Getting lactobacillus, bifodobacteria, and streptocooccus thermophilus into your diet are the most beneficial. Yogurt drinks such as kefir that contain numerous strains of helpful bacteria are recommended. Probiotics that contain at least 10 million bacteria per dose is also suggested. But, if you suffer from severe food intolerances, opening the capsule and sprinkling on food throughout the day in a smaller dosage will be of great benefit, too.
I use Kal as itemized below with great results. I sprinkle on breakfast foods and again at dinner. Keep this product in the refrigerator and use before expiration date to ensure bacteria are active.