Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Why You Should Eat Good Bacteria

Probiotics (Good Bacteria) are live microorganisms found in food, or supplements that promote health. When the balancing act between good and bad get thrown off your health can suffer.

Do You Have Good Bacteria In You?

Good Bacteria exist within our body in the digestive track, with the largest number occurring in the small and large intestines.

One hundred trillion bacteria reside in the average person; collectively they would weigh 2 to 3 pounds. Link them end-to-end; they would circle the globe two and a half times. Without them, you couldn't digest any food.

Good bacteria spends their days destroying bad bacteria. When stress, medications, or a poor diet decimate their numbers, bad bacteria then rush in to fill the void.

No one is immune, every one's skin swarms with an invisible smorgasbord of bacteria, microorganisms and their cells outnumber yours 10 to 1. Some of us have herds of mites grazing on something in our body at one time or another.

Good bacteria stimulate our immune system, and they stimulate good digestive health.

If the bad bacteria start dominating the good bacteria your immune system suffers and you get sick. If you take antibiotics to fight this infection, you inadvertently kill off the good bacteria with the bad bacteria causing the sickness. Thus leaving you without any good bacteria.

Common signs are gas, cramping, and diarrhea. Without any good bacteria in our body results in a weaker immune system, this can have a domino effect and lead to greater problems such as increased incidence of chronic conditions. Such as irritable bowl syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and allergies like asthma.

Stress also slows the body's ability to heal tiny fissures in the intestinal lining. Bacteria sneak through the openings and nestle inside the gut's walls where they cause inflammation.

The more stressed you are, the more suppressed your immune system gets, which gives bad bacteria an opportunity to take over.

Diets high in animal protein, processed foods and simple sugars can raise the numbers of potentially harmful bacteria.

Probiotic foods can help replace the good bacteria that were destroyed by illness, medications, or stress. If you take antibiotics follow it with some form of probiotic supplement.

If you are going to supplement this, take one or two capsules daily, which typically amounts to 3 to 5 billion live organisms. Probiotics are living, so they are vulnerable to heat, cold and moisture. Store them in a cool, dry place

Foods To Consume That Have Good Bacteria:

Yogurt – but only if contains live active cultures, Organic is best
Sour cream
Bleu and other strong smelling cheese

You can increase the effects of probiotics by taking prebiotics , both work together in a synergistic way in efficiently promoting the probiotics benefits. Prebiotics are indigestible carbohydrates that stay in the intestine and nourish the good bacteria.

Foods To Consume That Have Prebiotics:

Whole grains: oatmeal, flax, and barley
Legumes: lentils, kidney beans, and garbanzo beans
Fruits: berries and bananas
Dark leafy greens: spinach and collards

Want To Know More? see - Why You MUst Eat Fiber For Good Health

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