FLORA CONTRIBUTES TO YOUR HEALTH

Posted: March 9, 2014 in Health and Fitness
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WHY YOU NEED BACTERIA IN YOUR SYSTEM

OUR BODIES CONTAIN  TEN TIMES MORE BACTERIA THAN CELLS—AND THE MAJORITY OF BACTERIA LIVES IN OUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. THERE ARE 100 TRILLION VIABLE BACTERIA IN THE COLON COMPRISED OF HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT SPECIES. BACTERIA IN THE COLON ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS GUT FLORA, AND WE NEED THESE BACTERIA FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH.

THE BACTERIA IN OUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM CREATE MANY BENEFITS. WHEN WE HAVE A GOOD BALANCE OF BACTERIA, WE HAVE A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM.
WE PROVIDE THEM WITH FOOD AND THEY PROVIDE US WITH MYRIAD BENEFITS, INCLUDING THE SYNTHESIS OF BIOTIN, COBALAMIN (VITAMIN B12), PYRIDOXINE (VITAMIN B6), PANTOTHENIC ACID (VITAMIN B5) AND VITAMIN K.
THEY ALSO SYNTHESIZE THE SHORT-CHAIN FATTY ACIDS BUTYRATE, PROPIONATE AND ACETATE.

WHEN OUR BENEFICIAL BACTERIA HAVE A STABLE COLONY COUNT, THEY PREVENT OTHER PATHOGENS FROM THRIVING BY USING ALL AVAILABLE FOOD SOURCES. THE HEALTHY GUT FLORA ALSO HELPS OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM BY STIMULATING THE MATURATION OF IMMUNE CELLS; BREAKING DOWN SEVERAL COMPONENTS INTO ACTIVE FORMS WE CAN METABOLIZE; AND INACTIVATING CERTAIN MUTAGENS AND CARCINOGENS, SUCH AS N-NITROSAMINES.

DYSBIOSIS HAPPENS WHEN OUR GUT FLORA IS NOT BALANCED BETWEEN SPECIES, AND WHEN PATHOGENIC BACTERIA ARE THRIVING. DYSBIOTIC POPULATIONS PRODUCE AMMONIA, INACTIVATE ENZYMES NEEDED FOR PROTEIN AND CARBOHYDRATE METABOLISM, DESATURATE  BILE   STEROIDS AND CREATE NUMEROUS SIDE EFFECTS SUCH AS DIARRHEA, ABDOMINAL DISTENTION, ECZEMA, IRRITABLE BOWEL, DEPRESSION, FOOD ALLERGIES AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES.

DYSBIOSIS CAN OCCUR FROM ANTIBIOTIC USE OR BY EATING ANTIBIOTIC HIDDEN IN MEAT, POULTRY AND DAIRY PRODUCTS. STRESS, ILLNESS AND A DIET HIGH IN INFLAMMATORY FOODS SUCH AS NONORGANIC DAIRY AND MEAT OR HYDROGENATED TRANS-FATTY ACIDS CAN ALL DISRUPT THE BALANCE OF BACTERIA IN THE GUT. ONE OF THE RISK OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD IS IT CAN ALSO DISRUPT THE BALANCE OF BACTERIA.

TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY GUT FLORA, YOU NEED TO CONSUME BOTH PERBIOTIC AND PROBIOTIC FOODS. PREBIOTICS ARE HIGH IN NONDIGESTIBLE FIBERS, INCLUDE ONIONS, GARLIC, LEEKS, BANANAS, ASPARAGUS, MAPLE SYRUP, JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE, RYE, OATS AND BARLEY. PROBIOTICS CAN BE INGESTED BY SUPPLEMENTATION OR VIA FERMENTED FOODS SUCH AS LIVE ACTIVE CULTURE YOGURT, KEFIR, MISO, TEMPEH, SAUREKRAUT OR KIMCHI.

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Comments
  1. Michelle Hoogendoorn says:

    Can you recommmend a good probiotic supplement. I have been trying some and it seems the ones with the chicory root/inulin added in seem to make my bloating way worse. There are a ton out there but alot have way too much stuff in them. Just want probiotics with the right strains and strength.

    Thank you,
    Michelle

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