Optimal Stomach Flora
Optimal stomach flora are a necessity if you are going to feel your best.
Keeping our bodies healthy requires creating and maintaining the conditions for optimal stomach flora to thrive in our stomachs and colons. These optimal stomach flora, or probiotics, are as important to our health as our immune systems, as they not only help us properly absorb nutrients but also keep bad bacteria, fungus, and parasites from setting up camp in our digestive systems.
Here is what you need to know about optimal stomach flora to stay healthy:
There are two types of recognized bacteria which we need all the time: Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. Lactobacilli are commonly found on plants and fermenting food, where as bifidobacteria is especially adapted to humans only, and appears in infants a few days after birth. Together, they should constitute about 85% of the bacteria in your body. This balance is referred to as eubiosis.
There are several factors that can upset this optimal stomach flora balance. What we eat is one of the biggest. When we eat too many processed foods, not only do we miss opportunities to take in probiotics, but we also challenge our blood pH, making our bodies too acidic to support healthy bacterial life. Other things which pose a threat to optimal stomach flora are stress, lack of exercise, illness, and the use of antibiotics. Imbalance of these microorganisms in the intestines is referred to as dysbiosis.
The symptoms of dysbiosis are many. Among the most recognizable are weight gain, indigestion, candidiasis, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, and gas or bloating. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, have recently been on antibiotics, or regularly eat a poor or overly processed diet, you can benefit from a holistic cleanse along with a probiotic supplement to help rebalance your body.
A supplement alone may temporarily replace the optimal stomach flora, but the reintroduced bacteria will not be able to recolonize if your body remains too acidic because of bad nutrition.
Not only must you change your daily eating habits, but you should work to heal the entire body with a cleanse. To do this, you must remove toxins such as caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar, wheat and dairy, and give your whole body an opportunity to shed old waste and rebuild healthy cells and tissues.
Microflora in your body is essential to healthy digestion, longevity, and fighting off disease, illness and death. As we grow older, the bifidobacteria in our guts naturally begin to decrease. This is due in part to the aging of our digestive system, which in turn ages us. This alone can speak to the awesome benefits of maintaining a proper balance of microbic life in our stomachs and colons. No wonder those who eat well and maintain optimal stomach flora have so much youth and energy to spare.