The human intestinal system is made up of about 25 feet of tubes that must be colonized with friendly bacteria, called probiotics, in order to keep your immune system going strong. Different friendly flora live in different sections and have different jobs, but all nine strains play an interconnected role in immune health, digestion, and gut health.
The adult human body should be inhabited by approximately 3 lbs of friendly bacteria, but it’s common for an unhealthy gut to be populated by up to 10 lbs of bad bacteria. All of them together functioning as 80% of your immune system. Your gut is where the majority of your immune cells go to fight off germs so, if your gut is low on the good bacteria, then it’s full of illness and disease-inducing bacteria. However, if it’s full of good bacteria, bad bacteria have a tremendously difficult time taking root and making you sick.
5 Ways You Destroy Your Gut Flora
1. Drink alcohol, synthetic caffeine, or sodas
2. Eat sugar and artificial sweeteners
3. Eat processed food
4. Use antacids or acid blockers
5. Use antibiotics
It’s easy to overlook what’s in what we drink. We often focus on quenching our thirst while forgetting beverages affect our health just as much as our food. The thing is, all that caffeine and sugar are poison to your friendly bacteria, yet is sustenance to pathogenic bacteria. Your gut flora need nutrient-rich foods to thrive.
So, if you’re drinking a lot of soda, alcohol, coffee, energy drinks, and whatnot, you’re making yourself prone to illness and all sorts of digestive issues.
Many poor food choices do two things: 1. Create an environment primed for infectious bacteria, and 2. Acidic foods like sugar, alcohol, coffee, tea and antibiotic-pumped meats exacerbate the problem by kicking good bacteria out of their homes.
You might think it’s as simple as making necessary dietary changes. Just switch from all the harmful stuff to foods full of friendly bacteria. In essence, it is that simple. However, here in America in particular, we have an uphill battle. We are one of only a handful of countries whose citizens are missing foods packed with probiotics as part of their regular diet.While some yogurts have probiotics in them, most contain added sugars that feed pathogenic bacteria. Sugar is their main food source, and it’s been added to virtually every food in America.
Antacids and acid blockers neutralize stomach acids or block acid production altogether. The problem is your body needs that stomach acid to help destroy pathogens, or at least reduce their numbers to amounts your gut flora can handle.
Antibiotic means “against life.” Antibiotics are meant to do just that: destroy live bacteria. The downside is that they kill good bacteria in addition to the illness-causing bad bacteria. This leaves behind a literal wasteland of vacant tissues and nutritionally deficient organs. These devastated sites are now open to be colonized by ANY new bacteria, be it probiotic or pathogenic.
Friendly bacteria can bounce back and quickly reassert control of your microbiome if you adjust your diet for the better and save antibiotic use for appropriate emergencies.And the neatest part? According to an article published through TIME Magazine, science is beginning to return to nature as research shows that the antibiotics produced in our gut biome may steer the future of internal medicine, meaning healthy always comes back to balance within your body to maintain homeostasis.
The results were so robust, says Fischbach, that “we completely changed what we are working on. We stopped working on soil bacteria and started working on gut, skin and oral bacteria.”
If you take steps to feed yourself well and take care of your gut, you set yourself up to live a long, healthy, and happy life.
Nutritionally helps with upset stomach, fatigue, frequent colds and flu, and sensitivity to dairy products. It also supports intestinal health, improves digestion, and fights against toxins and infections. It is the only probiotic formulated with all 9 strains of flora that are patent-proven to withstand the acidity and temperatures that destroy most flora supplements.
This was developed with input from the world’s leading probiotics authority, Dr. Khem Shahani. It contains several strains of flora that assist with digestion, nutrient absorption, and immune defense.
Documented Beneficial Properties Include:
- Inhibits growth of 23 toxin-producing microorganisms
- Produces enzymes, such as protease and lipase, for digesting proteins and fats
- Enhances calcium absorption
- Helps reduce serum cholesterol levels
- Reported to be resistant to several common antibiotics