Bacteria Takes a Giant Step for Mankind. Have You Taken Yours?
Bacteria are found just about everywhere—in the air, water and soil, and on your body and in it. The human body is literally crawling with bacteria.
Two Types of Bacteria
For the purposes of this discussion, there are basically two types of bacteria: good and bad. Remarkably, most bacteria are good. That is, they do not cause disease in humans, and moreover, they help the human body to function efficiently. The digestive system is where many beneficial bacteria live. Here they compete with the harmful bacteria and produce enzymes that help in the digestion of food, as well as essential vitamins.
The Good Bacteria
Good bacteria are also pressed into service in the making of super healthy fermented products such as yogurt, kefir, miso and kimchi. Commercial products known as probiotics contain slews of good bacteria. They aid in the digestive health by breaking down complex foods and facilitating their ready absorption into the body. They also help to ferment dietary fiber and help in short chain fatty acid production—essential for production of new cells for regeneration of the intestinal tract. Probiotics also cleanse the bloodstream of toxins and enhance the immune system.
Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria
The common gut microflora present inside the human body are: Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. These beneficial bacteria are also found in foods such as buttermilk, yoghurt, sour cream, and even some frozen desserts. Lactic acid bacteria are able to convert sugars and carbohydrates into lactic acid. This process creates a fermented taste but it also lowers the pH and reduces the risk of other organisms growing in the food product. This in turn provides huge benefits for people who want to prevent gastrointestinal infections.
Avoid Stress and Alcohol
The bad guys are not always bacteria. Gut microflora normally present within the intestines can be destroyed by a wide variety of factors, such as stress, alcohol, disease, antibiotics, certain drugs, and toxic substances which abound in today’s world. Avoiding stress and alcohol are two giant steps you can take to protect the health of your resident microflora.
Regularly ingesting probiotics can bring about a marked improvement in people who are lactose intolerant, and those suffering from such complaints as diarrhea, gastrointestinal infections, and even vaginal candida or yeast infections. Helpful bacteria are also of great help in the cases of irritable bowel syndrome and colitis, helping to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Gobble up your share of beneficial bacteria by eating plenty of yoghurt, buttermilk, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir, kimchi, miso and other super healthy fermented foods. Probiotics are also available in the form of capsules.