Bacteria! Good & Bad : We Need Both

Not all bacteria are bad. In fact, some bacteria are vital to human health and survival. Probiotics are a form of live bacteria that provide health benefits, such as our two strains – BLIS K12™ and BLIS M18™.

BLIS K12™ is a naturally occurring component of several strains of good bacteria which control and reduce the presence of undesirable or ‘bad’ bacteria.  Professor John Tagg discovered that with a better balance of BLIS K12™, people enjoy greater oral and throat health, as well as more pleasant breath.

Streptococcus salivarius is a strain of bacteria which already resides in the mouths of healthy people but studies have shown that we rarely have enough.  Only 2% of the population are blessed with naturally high levels, meaning an advanced probiotic is needed for the rest of us.  Enter BLIS K12™ or Streptococcus salivarius K12.  It is called an advanced probiotic because it not only crowds out the bad bacteria - it produces antibacterial peptides which work to provide a level of protection against the bad bugs coming back.  This is not only a good bacteria- it’s a super-good bacteria!

While there is the misconception that ‘all bacteria are bad’, beneficial bacteria are vital to ward off pathogens (disease-causing bacteria) and promote good health.  We need good and bad bacteria all over our bodies, not just in the gut.  Most people are well educated about the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut and the impact that has on the health of the digestive system.  But there are microbial communities wherever our body has been exposed to the outside world: the mouth, lungs, GI tract, urogenital tract and the skin.  In fact, the human body is only about 25% human cells.  The rest is many thousands of species of bacteria and other microbes.

Our changing microbial communities are responsible for digestive disorders, skin diseases, gum disease and even obesity.  Our modern lifestyle makes us bacteria-killing machines.  We assassinate microbes with hand soap, mouthwash, toilet cleaner, bacterial wipes. Not always for the better.

Some scientists say we’re overdoing it and not appreciating the benefits that good bacteria can provide.  All this killing may cause diseases like eczema, irritable bowel syndrome, and even diabetes. The answer may be counter-intuitive: get more bacteria!

Learn more and listen to Professor John Tagg discuss good bacteria here: