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Gut Health

Woman's Fingers Touching her body parts, heart shaped fingersApproximately 500 species of bacteria, as well as many species of yeast and other organisms, live in the human gastrointestinal tract and make up the “gut flora”. These “friendly” bacteria are vital for good digestion and the health of the intestines in general. You may have noticed food products like yogurt and acidophilus milk that contain these bacteria. It is becoming more common for them to be added, just as vitamins and minerals are frequently added.

Illness can occur when the amount of friendly bacteria is reduced and the other organisms are able to increase their numbers and become the majority. There are a number of factors that can disrupt the balance of organisms in the intestines and lead to overgrowth of the less desirable species. The most important factors are:

  • Antibiotic use (abuse)
  • Use of the birth control pill
  • Use of other hormones, especially immunosuppressants like steroids
  • Diet, especially one high in sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Stress

Conditions often caused by dysbiosis include Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acne, food allergies, Chronic Fatigue and depression. But you can help repopulate the good bacteria by eating foods that contain natural, healthy bacteria, including yogurt and acidophilus milk. You should take a daily probiotic supplement.

The gut has three primary functions:

  • Digestion of foods and conversion into vitamins
  • Absorption of nutrients
  • Prevention of toxins and pathogens from entering the body

If one of these systems (Gut/ Brain/ Immune) is taxed, the other two will eventually be affected.

Learn how to eat the right food combination to cause the least amount of stress in the Gut, through the L3W wellness system. This will improve immune function, and Gut performance.

Go see a Live Longer Live Well provider now to improve your body function.

Robert D. Stein D.C.,ABAAHP

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