Did you know there is a war going on inside you every second of the day? Are you doing anything to help the ‘good guys’ win that battle?
Restoration of healthy bacterial colonies within our intestines is one of the most important steps you can take in improving digestive health, slowing the degenerative process, and increasing your body’s immune function – all of which are anti-ageing steps. And who doesn’t want to stay as young as possible!
The rate at which the ageing process and ill health develops, is dependent on the way in which we treat our bodies. While there are several steps to take to improve ones’ digestion, supporting intestinal health and restoring the integrity of the gut barrier, rectifying the balance of flora is crucial.
The benefits of friendly bacteria for the healthy function of human physiology, particularly within the digestive system has become common knowledge. Unfortunately what is not commonly known is that supplementing the body daily with healthy bacteria has the added beneficial effect of preventing disease and illness by stimulating the activity of the immune system.
But What are the benefits of using a probiotic?
Take a probiotic and just watch. Over time you should see the following symptoms disappear: fatigue, irritability, PMS, digestive disorders, muscle pain, short attention span, headaches, memory loss, vaginitis, skin problems, impotence, hyperactivity, depression, hypoglycaemia, menstrual problems, urinary disorders, respiratory problems and many others. Gone!
Plus, you will most likely see improvements if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, Chrone’s disease and even severe allergies, asthma are said to be related to gut permeability and gut health. We have had people who used to go into anaphylactic shock when exposed to milk or milk products for instance, are now able to tolerate milk in their diet after doing some healing and cleansing of their digestive system.
Is there any scientific proof?
“Rebalancing your intestinal flora with a synbiotic product (which means it contains both pre and pro-biotic actions) helps maintain a continued healthy level of flora in the large intestine.” says a latest scientific study. The health of the GI tract has been largely ignored and often trampled by modern medicine in its rush to mask symptoms and “manage”’ diseases. What a new revelation!
A recent study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine suggests that a shift in the balance between the “good” bacteria and the “bad” bacteria that populate our gut could be a harbinger of colon cancer. Natural health practitioners have long proclaimed that “health begins and ends in the gut”, but to hear that message being reinforced from the heart of modern medicine’s “Research Triangle” is refreshing indeed.
The researchers in this study noted and even emphasized the critical role that beneficial bacteria play in protecting and maintaining our health… although their recommended method of getting enough probiotics in the diet (yogurt) leaves a lot to be desired. Typical yogurt products are loaded with sugar or (even worse) chemical sweeteners and lack adequate numbers of active probiotic cultures to deliver any therapeutic benefit.
Improve Your Gut Flora A high potency, broad spectrum probiotic supplement like Lactoflora is the easiest and most effective way to boost friendly flora levels.
However their findings could lead to more awareness of strategies to create a healthier environment to manipulate the microbiota in the gut, as well as to recommending ways increase healing of the gut wall with things like antioxidants and colloidal minerals, which all help prevent colon cancer.
According to senior study author and research associate professor of medicine at UNC, Temitope Keku, PhD, “We have come a long way from the time when we didn’t know our risk factors and how they impact our chances of getting colon cancer, but now that we can look at bacteria and their role, it opens up a whole new world and gives us a better understanding of the entire gamut of factors involved in cancer – diet, environment, genes, and microbes.”
There are many other problems associated with gut health that can be alleviated with good probiotics and attending to the health of the gut.
Here are some previous articles that relate to gut health: an article on dental health and how that can indicate and affect your gut, the healing properties of aloe vera, how nutritional deficiencies can affect gut health, which can even lead to things like ADD. Plus a healthy digestive tract means of course ensuring good elimination.
Poor elimination will always bring on a poor digestive environment, and while that’s not the topic of this post, it’s certainly something that must be addressed. Check out this article for strategies to ensure healthy gut integrity.
The digestive system is a group of organs that work like wrecking equipment through the use of digestive juices, healthy gut flora and enzymes, to break down the chemical components of food into tiny nutrients that can be absorbed to generate energy for the body. It’s ability to work depend on all of these digestive organs working optimally.
The Role of Your Gut Flora
Most doctors now advise that patients use acidophilus supplementation when taking antibiotics because they are aware that antibiotics destroy the colonies of good bacteria in the intestine. Unfortunately, they too, recommend yoghurt to balance the system, when the amount of flora available goes nowhere near restoring good balance. While natural, unsweetened yoghurt is a great food, and good in the maintenance of a healthy digestive system, few people have one of those (a healthy digestive tract) these days.
The proliferation of bad bacteria can upset the function of the beneficial flora in your intestine and lead to an amazing array of health issues. If not supplemented with probiotics, a lack of the good bacteria can lead to digestive problems, causing a toxin overload, and poor waste removal, which certainly places an overload of stresses on the body, often leading to problems of the immune function.
Imbalance on your intestinal flora can occur through excess alcohol, processed fast and fatty foods, stress, antibiotics as well as medications such as the contraceptive pill. Symptoms can include bloating, excessive flatulance and bowel discomfort.
Help the Good Guys Fight the Bad! Rebalancing your intestinal flora by promoting higher levels of good bacteria, especially with a live source, may be a significant factor in slowing the ageing process and decreasing the rate of some degenerative processes. This is due in part to friendly bacteria being able to help the body properly digest food and eliminate waste matter. They do a very important job and provide a very good workforce of cleaners in your intestines.
What happens when you start on Probiotics
When you begin taking a broad-spectrum probiotic supplement, you could see results from day one, however most begin to notice some results by the end of the first 10 days, however they may not be the results you expect! When you start you may experience constipation. Why? In fact there are several common reasons for this. If you have a tendency to constipation already, in the process of healing constipation could return.
Please read this article on the healing process. We also recommend that you take a fibre product such as a tablespoon of psyllium in a large glass of water, at least for the first few days when you start taking your good bacteria product.
Another reason for constipation, is that many people have higher than healthy levels of candidia or other yeasts in their body, especially if they have had long term gut issues. By increasing the ‘good guys’, they get to work eliminating the ‘bad guys’. As the candida organisms are dying off, they collect in the intestines, and your bowel becomes impacted, thus creating symptoms of constipation in the short term.
If this occurs we recommend that you take a fibre product for the first few days when you start taking your good bacteria product. And of course, drink plenty of water. On the other hand, you might also experience more frequent bowel activity. Stools may be loose and or more voluminous, as more bowel matter vacates the body, and the use of fibre in this case helps absorb the toxins and move them out of your body more quickly.
If you would like our recommended three month colon cleansing program, you can download it here, but be aware that if you have established colon irritation, you need to heal the gut before taking on any cleansing program whatsoever. Contact the person who sent you this info, to find out more.
So you can see, increasing the fibre in your diet helps, as will taking psyllium (as recommended above) no matter what the problems are you may encounter. But whatever the situation, bowel movements usually normalise quickly when you take a good probiotic. Contact your Neways support person for more information on the absolute best combination of ‘good guys’ in the market place, or to find out some of the benefits the Savvy team have experienced.