Keeping the Bacterial Balance

I recently read a good article by Don Chisholm regarding Probiotics and thought I’d share some of this information with you.  We all know how important it is to maintain the balance between good and bad bacteria in our bodies.  Few of us understand what it is that disturb this balance, so here are a few environmental factors that can influence this fine-tuned balance:

  • Chlorine
  • Fluoride
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides

These 4 substances alone is abundant in our modern food and water chain.  So even if you did nothing extraordinary except eat and drink, you could already be influencing your gut bacteria.

  • Drugs
  • Birth control pills
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Antibiotics (this one we probably all knew about)
  • Exhaust fumes
  • Air pollutants
  • Household chemicals
  • Chemicals in cosmetics

There is over 500 species of bacteria in the digestive tract alone, and they do a lot of jobs including cleaning the gut and keeping the immune system healthy.  Other benefits include:

  • Manufacturing of Vitamin B’s, A, D and K.
  • Digesting food including lactose and proteins.
  • Cleaning the intestinal tract and promoting healthy bowel movements.
  • Producing antibiotic and anti-fungal substances in the gut.
  • Helping to destroy moulds, viruses and parasites.
  • Increases the number of immune cells.
  • Creates lactic acid and balances the gut pH.
  • Protects us from environmental pollutants and heavy metals (they are very potent mercury detoxifiers).
  • Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
  • Helps to break down and rebuild hormones.

The best way to get these important creatures into your body is by eating fermented foods.  But if this is just simply something you cannot stomach, then look for a probiotic that has more than just 1 species of bacteria, is compatible with the human body and will stay alive long enough to get to where it needs to go.

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