There are about 400 strains friendly flora that live in our gastro intestinal environment. Most of them exist in trace amounts and do not affect our overall health, and there are several types of friendly flora in large numbers, which provide enormous benefit to our health.
What are those friendly flora we need on daily basis? The main kind that exists in stomach is lactobacilli. The first two sections of the small intestine, the duodenum and the first part of jejunum are home to Lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium bifidus and Streptococci. At the end of the small intestine in the jejunum, and ileum contains Coliforms and bifidobacteria. Further along, Anaerobic bacteria, Bacteriodes and Bifidobacteria are found in the large intestine.
These friendly bacteria have the important task of assisting in digestion, producing natural antibiotics and keeping the gut lining healthy. At the same time, they slow the growth of pathogen and destructive organisms.
Unfortunately, our modern diet tends to encourage the growth of destructive bacteria that destroy or outnumber the friendly bacteria, diminishing their ability to keep us healthy. Leaky gut syndrome can also limit the population of friendly bacteria, when the white blood cells and T cells attack the body, rather than the actual invasive bacteria. This can be a cause of chronic conditions such as asthma, autoimmune disorder, and chronic skin disease such as psoriasis, eczema.
You can correct this bacteria imbalance by supplying your intestines with friendly flora, found in fermented foods, yogurt, kefir and fermented vegetables. If you struggle to digest an adequate supply of these whole foods, try supplementing your friendly flora with a full spectrum probiotics supplements 30 minutes prior to mealtime. Probiotic supplements are easily found in any health food store. It is also important to know how it is manufactured when purchase the products. Elizabeth takes 3 different kinds of probiotics twice daily including full spectrum probiotics.
- You need a healthy intake of friendly bacteria to keep your gut healthy and stimulate effective digestion.
- Processed foods stimulate the growth of hostile bacteria, which can quickly outnumber the friendly bacteria found in fresh and fermented foods.
- To balance your bacteria levels, increase your fermented food intake, such as acidophilus yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and fermented vegetables, as these contain good quantities of friendly flora.
- As an extra precaution, take a daily supplement of full spectrum probiotics.