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8 Suprising Reasons to Love Bacteria

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8 Suprising Reasons to Love Bacteria

I previously did an article on 20 Reasons to Love Bacteria.  Exciting new research is showing that there are even more reasons to love probiotics and to add them to your health regime.  Here are 8 more reasons to love probiotic bacteria:

Urinary Tract Infections

New research in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that two probiotics are almost as effective as antibiotics at eliminating urinary tract infections from the body.  The probiotics Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri taken twice daily on an empty stomach for a year caused a 51.4% drop in harmful E. coli bacteria linked to urinary tract infections.  And, unlike the antibiotics, there are no harmful side-effects of taking the probiotics.

Antibiotic Resistance

The same study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that bacteria became largely resistant to the antibiotics trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and amoxicillin within only one month.  E. coli was between 20-40% resistant to the antibiotics at the beginning of the study but within one month they were 80-95% resistant.  That means:  the antibiotics were no longer useful.  By contrast, resistance to these antibiotics did not occur during probiotic treatment.

Yeast Infections

In a recent study published in Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers found that within four weeks of supplementing with the probiotics Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri, women were 90% symptom-free from vaginal yeast infections.  When tested, 90% of the women also showed no yeast infection at the end of the study.

Strep Infections

Research published in the Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry found that Lactobacillus rhamnosus-containing milk caused a significant drop in the mutans streptococci count.  This is important since strep infections are linked with many serious health conditions.

Keep reading to discover the shocking research about the effects of probiotics on HIV and diabetes…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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5:30PM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Nice to know those probiotics do so much more for your body than I initially thought!

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5:35PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

I notice eating yogurt regularly helps me stay healthier and have less bacterial infections.

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9:23AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

thank you!!! very interesting article

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6:51AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Thx for the post

1:19PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Wasn't aware of the poart about yeast infections.

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