oa Professional Nursing Today - Probiotics and prebiotics : OTC management



Microorganisms living within the body can be probiotic, pathobiotic or eubiotic. A probiotic is a microorganism that contributes positively to the body's health. These "friendly" bacteria are also called flora. A pathobiotic, on the other hand, harms or impedes the body in one way or another. A eubiotic can be either harmful or helpful to the body, depending on colony size and location. A healthy body contains a substantially greater number of probiotics than pathobiotics.


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