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  • When the Bacteria in Your Body Is Off Balance

    Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND

    The bacteria in your body can get off balance. This can be caused by the intake of antibiotics. This is because antibiotics don’t just destroy bad bacteria, they can also destroy good bacteria. Taking probiotics can help to keep the bacteria in your body balanced. Here are some parts of your body that may be affected by the imbalance of the bacteria, as well as the symptoms caused by the imbalance of bacteria.

    Intestinal Bacteria

    The majority of the bacteria is found in the large intestine where important functions are done. Bacteria like the bifidobacterium and lactobacillus help to stimulate the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. These bacteria can destroy toxic digestive by-products and can synthesize vitamin K. When your colon contains healthy colonies of bacteria, the colonies prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the food you eat.

    The Colon 

    In some situations the good bacteria in your colon may die. As mentioned, this occurs when you take antibiotics. The amount of good and bad bacteria in your colon is then off balance and the pathogenic organisms can grow out of control. You will then experience diarrhea. When you have diarrhea, your colon fails to absorb the water as it should, resulting in a loss of fluids. Digestion is usually impaired causing you to lose electrolytes, proteins, and vitamins.

    The Small Intestine

    Usually, the healthy bacteria in your body is present in your colon with only a few in your small intestine. But if you have Crohn's disease or diabetes, you might suffer from an overgrowth of microorganisms in your small intestine. This can cause some very serious digestion problems.

    Bad bacteria in your small intestine needs nutrients to grow. This interferes with absorption and then destroy cells in your small intestine. This situation causes diarrhea because of the interference with digestion. You will have abdominal discomfort and if this persists, weight loss and malnutrition can occur.

    Remedies

    If the good and the bad bacteria in your body are off balance, there are things you can do to relieve any pain and symptoms. If you are experiencing digestive problems, it is recommended that you eat probiotic foods. Probiotics contain live cultures of bacteria similar to the healthy types that inhabit your colon.

    Some examples of foods that contain probiotics include miso, sauerkraut, plain yogurt, and pickles. Yogurt is a great food with plenty of probiotics and is a very healthy choice. It might also help to consume prebiotic supplements. These contain indigestible carbohydrates which good bacteria use as food. Prebiotics can help to correct the imbalance of bacteria in your body and this will in turn correct your digestive tract.

    Your body warns you when something is wrong. So if you have any difficulties digesting food, your body is trying to tell you something. Be sure to listen to it. Add some probiotics to your diet because it will help to correct any imbalances of bacteria in your body.

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  • What Are Probiotics?

     

    Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND 

    Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for your health but especially good for your digestive system. When we think of bacteria we think about how they cause diseases and about how harmful bacteria can be. But the bacteria found in probiotics are helpful to your body - most specifically, your gut. They will help food go through your gut properly.

    Probiotics have even been shown to treat bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, infectious diarrhea, and antibiotic-related diarrhea. Probiotics helps skin conditions like eczema, urinary and vaginal health, help prevent allergies, and maintain oral health. Studies have also shown that while taking probiotics, there is an increase in the efficiency and function of the brain.

    With the right amount of probiotics in your system, it makes it harder for any harmful bacteria to make their way into your body and make you sick.

    Food Containing Probiotics

    Probiotics are naturally found in your body. You find them in the food and the supplements that you eat. Probiotics are mostly found in foods like:

    * Yogurt - This is one of the most familiar sources of probiotics. When buying yogurt, look for the ones saying ìlive and active cultures.î

    * Sauerkraut - Eat the unpasteurized sauerkraut because pasteurization will kill the active and good bacteria.

    * Cheese - This acts as a carrier for probiotics. Eating cheese can help to boost your immune system.

    * Sourdough bread - This is the best bread for you to eat because this bread helps the most with digestion.

    * Sour pickles - Eating pickles without the use of vinegar in the pickling process is the best. Instead, look for pickles with a sea salt and water solution. This type of pickle will help feed the growth of good bacteria and will help with digestion.

    Why Probiotics Keep Us Healthy

    As mentioned, probiotics are so important for people to include in their diets because they has been shown to improve people’s health. They keep us healthy in a number of ways:

    1. After taking antibiotics, some of the good bacteria may be lost. Probiotics can help to replace the good bacteria that you lost.

    2. When taking probiotics, you are reducing the number of bad bacteria that can cause diseases in your body.

    3. They help to balance the good and bad bacteria in your body, which will help your body to work like it should.

    Types of Probiotics

    There are different types of probiotics. These include:

    * Lactobacillus - This is the most important probiotic. You will find this one in food products like yogurt and some other fermented foods. This type of probiotic can help with diarrhea and may help people who cannot digest lactose.

    * Bifidobacterium - This type of probiotic can be found in most dairy products. This type will most likely help with any symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

    Probiotics have been shown to be very beneficial. They help to prevent future sicknesses and help to treat the symptoms of certain illnesses. To help keep your body as healthy as it can possibly be, incorporating probiotics into your diet should be something to consider.

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  • Understanding the Bacteria in Your Body

     

    Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND

    In your body you have a large amount of bacteria. They have colonized your body and they live there happily with everything they could ever need. There are both good and bad bacteria in your body. They all have their own jobs and they all do their own thing. Here is a list of the most harmful and the most beneficial bacteria that inhabit our bodies:

    The Most Harmful Bacteria

    * Streptococcus pyogenes - This type of bacteria causes a sore throat and skin infections that may worsen. When an infection worsens, it could lead to life-threatening issues like toxic shock syndrome.

    * Escherichia coli - This type of bacteria causes diarrhea. However, some pathogenic strains may lead to more of a bloody diarrhea and circulatory shock.

    * Staphylococcus - This type of bacteria lives on the skin. It is harmless unless it enters the body. It can enter during surgery and then inhabit heart valves or artificial joints. That is when it can cause very dangerous and serious infections.

    The Most Beneficial Bacteria

    * Lactobacillus acidophilus - This type of bacteria lives in many parts of your body. The most common place is your intestine, vagina, and oral cavity. It helps to ensure your vagina does not get an overgrowth of microorganisms and itís responsible for the pH scale of the vagina to be slightly acidic. This bacteria has also been known to boost immunity.

    Because of all the benefits it has, it is used in food supplements. It is also found naturally in foods like yogurt, tempeh and miso.

    * Bifidobacterium spp - This type is found in the intestine of both humans and animals. It aids in the digestion process. If you are constipated or have irritable bowel syndrome, you can take this in supplemental doses to ease and improve the symptoms.

    * Lactobacillus spp- This type is found in maternal breast milk and will become a permanent part of the gut flora. It can also be found in foods like cheese and yogurt.

    All these strains (and more) can be found in “Wise XS Probiotics” by Wise Vitality (www.wisevitality.com). This top of the line probiotic is not only multi strain but it is extra strength.  It can deliver up to 100 billion bacteria per  capsule making it extremely effective and fast acting.

    We have been trained to think that all bacteria is bad. But without the bacteria in our bodies, we would not be able to break down food or create nutrients needed for us to survive. The bacteria inhabited in our bodies also determines whether or not we experience diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, and abdominal pain.

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