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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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