​The 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.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus:

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

Lactobacillus Plantarum:

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

​Lactobacillus Casei:

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

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus:

Calms skin irritation.

Lactobacillus Salivarius:

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

Lactobacillus Brevis:

Improves inflamed gum conditions.

Bifidobacterium Lactis:

Sustains normal levels of intestinal bacteria post antibiotic treatment.

Bifidobacterium Longum:

Improves symptoms associated with gluten intolerances.

Bifidobacterium Bifidum:

Alleviates inflammation in the large intestine.

​Streptococcus Thermophilus:

Reduces cardiovascular disease risk factors together with Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Lactobacillus Acidophilus.