We are born with a sterile digestive tract.  But almost right away, our guts begin to be colonized by different species of bacteria, through the milk we drink, the food we eat, the environmental toxins we are exposed to, and the daily stressors we encounter.

Most of these bacteria are completely harmless, and some are, in fact, very beneficial.  The most important thing to keep in mind is that they are there for a reason. One of the main purposes of healthy bacteria is to take up space so that the bad “bugs” – fungus, candida, and other harmful bacteria such as Clostridium difficile (C. diff) - cannot begin to grow out of control. 

When these bad bugs do get out of control and begin to sway the balance of more bad bugs than good, the body is in a state of intestinal dysbiosis, or an imbalance in the digestive tract. It also can lead to intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut”. Most often, this is caused by nutritional deficiencies, from consuming too much sugar and processed foods, too much stress, environmental toxins, and the overuse of antibiotics. 

Some autoimmune diseases and health issues are linked to this dysbiosis and intestinal permeability.  Some of these include:  Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, migraines, attention deficit, autism, depression, eczema, acne, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, chronic fatigue, and food allergies.

Correcting intestinal bacterial balance and altered permeability can have an immediate effect on relief of symptoms and a gradual improvement in the underlying condition.  Because our intestines account for over 70% of our immune system, we just cannot overlook the important connection between the health, integrity, and bacterial balance of the gut wall.

Therefore, it is important to focus on re-establishing a healthy balance of intestinal flora with probiotics by adding fermented foods and beverages to the diet, such as yogurt, water or milk kefir, kombucha, Natto, naturally fermented vegetables, such as sauerkraut, and kimchi. If you are not able to get enough from the listed foods and beverages, then adding a quality probiotic supplement to the diet will also be beneficial to bring balance to the bacteria levels in the gut.

Probiotic Foods and Supplements:

  • Are natural supplier of various strains of healthy bacteria and yeasts (probiotics) to our digestive tract and brings balance to your inner microflora
  • Become an excellent source of Vitamins B1, B6, and B12
  • Have a tonifying and cleansing effect on the intestines
  • Have antibiotic and anti-fungal properties
  • Contain many vitamins, minerals, and amino acids
  • Strengthen and enhance the Immune System
  • Have a cleansing effect on the entire body
  • Help to eliminate Candida issues
  • Can help to normalize metabolism
  • Help to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne
  • Can reduce inflammation in the body
  • Can improve the function of the liver
  • Can increase energy levels and lend an overall feeling of good health
  • Alleviate negative affects of taking antibiotics
  • Help to support healthy and youthful skin
  • Therapeutic for upper respiratory infections
  • Reduce lactose intolerance
  • Increase ability to absorb nutrients from food
  • Can help to alleviate bad breath
  • Increase the body’s ability to absorb calcium

Probiotic intake for overall good health has been underestimated for years by the health community. The fact is that gut bacteria greatly affects both overall physical and mental health… so make sure you are including probiotic sources into your diet daily to ensure that you are optimizing your health.