http://healthnutritionnews.org/balanced-gut-good-health Balanced Gut Bacteria Linked to Good Health
Maintaining the ideal ratio of “good bacteria” (known as probiotics) to “bad bacteria” is now gaining recognition as perhaps the single most important step a person can take to protect their health and further along their fat loss goals. The ideal healthy ratio of “good” to “bad” bacteria is 85% to 15%, or 9 to 1.
Unfortunately, due to lifestyle and environmental factors, the vast majority of the population is severely lacking when it comes to good probiotic bacteria, throwing their gut flora ratio completely out of whack. When gut bacteria is out of balance, it can decrease energy levels, injure metabolism, and give rise to a host of other long-term health problems.
Many people think of their gut solely as the mechanism by which your body digests food, which is at best an extreme oversimplification, and at worst an ideology massively contributing to the health problems, weight loss struggles, and auto-immune disorders of millions world-wide.
In reality, the G.I. tract is MUCH more than a digestion center; in fact, it is quite literally a second brain as well as being “home” to 80% of the immune system
Fact is, if someone suffers from irregular bowel movements, constipation, gas, bloating, acid reflux, indigestion, skin problems, overall sickness, bad breath, fatigue, urinary tract infections, sugar cravings, and/or an inability to lose weight, these symptoms are a near telltale sign that the gut has ALREADY been infested by “bad” bugs.
Probiotics, on the other hand, are new bacteria that enters the body onboard the food we eat. They may come from the soil the plants are grown in, or from fermented foods and Fermented foods are rich in “good” probiotic bacteria, and their consumption will help rebalance overall gut bacteria ratio.
Yogurt, of course, is the most advertised probiotic in the supermarket. All yogurts contain a fair amount of microbes but that doesn’t mean that a yogurt a day will satisfy all your probiotic needs. The gut is host to thousands of different strains of bacteria (yogurt typically contains three), and while quantity is important, diversity is also key.
Beneficial bacteria (Probiotics) do a lot for they help with digestion, help our bodies make vitamins, and also help support a strong immune system. But they also have to compete with the harmful bacteria. That’s why we want a variety of the good kind in our guts.
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