” …they actually make up 95% of the total number of cells in the human body”
Healthy gut bacteria play an integral role in the maintenance of the digestive system, immune system and general well-being. Over 400 species of bacteria reside in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT), they actually make up 95% of the total number of cells in the human body. (1)
The gut possesses the largest amount of lymphoid tissue (immune system tissue) of anywhere in the body. (2)
This part of the immune system is known as the gut associated lymphoid tissue. It is highly regulated by the microorganisms that live within the digestive tract. This is the reason why so many immune system and auto immune disorders have associated gastrointestinal problems.
Good and bad bacteria compete for food and a place to stay within the gut. Good bacteria strengthen the gut, immune system and aid in digestion and break down of important nutrients. Some components of the immune response, including phagocytosis, natural killer cell activity can be improved by some probiotic (good) bacteria. (4)
When there is a dis-balance of these microorganisms we can see a wide range of health problems start to develop including poor immunity, inflammatory conditions, allergies, eczema, learning disabilities including autism and irritable bowel syndrome. (3,5)
There is an epidemic of dis-balance of these good and bad bacteria in the western population due to diet and lifestyle choices. This is know as dysbiosis and is major contributing factor to the poor health of today’s society.
- Antibiotic use;
- Formula fed instead of breast fed;
- High sugar diets;
- High fat diets;
- Lack of fibre in the diet; and
- Lack of fermented foods.
- Chlorinated Water
- Alcohol use
It is highly recommended for optimal health and for anyone suffering from conditions like those listed above to supplement with a good quality probiotic daily.
Other great sources of good bacteria can be found in fermented foods like…
- Kim chi;
- Organic yoghurt; and
- Kombucha. (see video)
These foods and drinks can be enjoyed daily to replenish the good bacteria and keep yourself in balance.
Yours in (gut) health,
Dr. Trent is a Sports and wellness Chiropractor at LIFE CHIROPRACTIC OXENFORD. He is a dad, surfer, paleoer, crossfitter, Blogger, wellness speaker and Co-Founder of EPIC HEALTHSTYLE. He is a sought after speaker and has taught thousands of people in business’s, schools and community groups where health really comes from.
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