Environmental Probiotics Create a Revolutionary Purification System for Workplaces
Instead of the "all or nothing" approach to battling toxic microorganisms in the workplace, a trend toward implementing probiotics as cleaning tools has surfaced in the past several years. As noted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), probiotics are live microorganisms—long incorporated into certain foods and dietary supplements—that are intended to have health benefits. Although bacteria and other microorganisms are often thought of as harmful germs, many microorganisms can help the body function properly. For example, bacteria that are normally present in intestines can help digest food, destroy disease-causing microorganisms, and produce vitamins.
In light of what is known regarding the activity of probiotics and presence of microorganisms in workplaces, studies have been done that successfully demonstrate the potential of probiotics, as air and surface purifiers, to control the growth of bad microorganisms while retaining beneficial varieties.
The rationale behind the use of probiotics is straightforward. Traditional purifier sprays and devices indiscriminately kill all bacteria, both harmful and beneficial—causing an imbalanced, sterile environment that could increase the risk of pathogens' evolving resistance. In contrast, probiotics offer a natural, chemical-free and environmentally friendly solution to combating Sick Building Syndrome: the probiotics consume contaminant waste such as dust mite fecal matter, pollen, dead skin cells, and pet dander while maintaining the balance of essential bacteria in the environments where people work, additionally reducing bad odors caused by bacteria and mold.