THE IMPORTANCE OF PROBIOTICS FOR A HEALTHY GUT
Many people associate bacteria with germs or bugs; harmful microorganisms that cause them to become ill and sick. It’s true…bacteria can be bad for us, and it can cause us to be “under the weather”. Just look at the number of hand sanitizer stations we now see at most public places. As a society, we are trying hard to be healthy so as to avoid all those illnesses and sicknesses. Most of us can agree that we don’t have time to be sick. Ironically, what most people don’t know is a lack of bacteria is causing poor health and illness for many Americans. This lack of bacteria being referred to is the flora of internal bacteria found in the GI tract (commonly known as the “gut”). The following information will discuss why our guts are deficient of healthy bacteria, will cover the importance of how good bacteria (probiotics) are essential for a healthy gut, and will share helpful ways to achieve a healthy gut.
WHY WE NEED A HEALTHY GUT?
First, let’s discuss what bacteria in the gut can do for us. Having the right bacteria in the gut can help with a number of bodily functions. They help the digestive system by moving food through the gut, absorbing key vitamins and nutrients, and protecting from ingested pathogens. They help immune function by keeping the immune system healthy and by producing chemical markers to aid immune responses. They can also assist with women’s health by helping prevent bacterial and yeast infections. It’s easy to see why we need a healthy gut.
WHY ARE MOST OF US DEFICIENT?
A large number of us don’t have the proper intestinal flora of good bacteria for a variety of reasons. First, because of our diets. We don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables, and we over consume on dairy, processed foods, refined sugars, and alcohol. Second, modern food production and processing has significantly depleted the amount of healthy bacteria within our foods. Third, the wide usage of antibiotics has created chronic deficiencies not only with our bodies but our food chains as well.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
Fortunately, there are easy ways to help boost the natural flora in our gut. We need to keep a mindful eye on our diets. Eating more organic fruits and vegetables will help, as well as decreasing our consumption of processed and refined foods which can be toxic to our systems. Supplementation is especially important to ensure we get the correct type of probiotic bacteria, and to keep our systems sufficiently populated at all times.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE LINKED TO AN UNHEALTHY GUT?
Digestive Disorders (Diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Crohn’s, etc.)
Infections (Systemic, Urinary Tract, Yeast, etc.)
Deficiencies (Vitamin, Immune, etc.)
Skin Disorders (Eczema, Dermatitis, etc.)