Probiotics, Effective Microorganisms and Your Health

All you need to do is spend a few minutes in a health food store or vitamin shop and you'll most likely be bombarded with the words "probiotic" and "EM" which is short for "effective microorganism". These are terms you should know, as they affect your health. I have written an article to assist you in making a decision with the needed information.


Probiotics are made of live organisms, these can be a type of yeast or other live bacteria. Administered in adequate amounts, they have health benefits. A very common probiotic is lactic acid bacteria or LAB. You can find these in foods such as yogurt. It's what gives it a sour taste, and it has the characteristic of lowering pH levels.

What do Probiotics do?

As mentioned above, probiotics lower pH. These are most often used to help promote and restore intestinal flora to help ward against infection. As an example, antibiotics are known to alter the intestinal flora and cause stomach upset. To prevent this, eat plenty of yogurt containing lactic acid bacteria.

Many ailments can be treated and prevented by probiotics. They are commonly used for allergies, to strengthen the immune system, IBS, for exposure to toxic substances, to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and for diarrhea.

What is EM Technology?

Microorganism Technology or EM Technology was developed in the 1970s by a Japanese horticulturist named Teruo Higa. Through his study, research and testing, he reportedly was able to positively influence decomposing matter so that it actually stopped decomposing. The discoveries that he made have led to many agricultural and health related applications. This technology is applicable to all living things, and has therefore been applied to various sciences of living things.