Our Gut Flora

The human body has on average 4 pounds (roughly 100 trillion) of its own bacteria, unique to each individual!

Our gut is amazing but a delicate ecosystem with more healthy bacteria (flora) in it than all the other cells put together. More and more data is accumulating about the importance of maintaining probiotic “good” bacteria in our bodies as we strive for vibrant, holistic health.

There are three main probiotic bacteria that are the most important to provide your body with. These are bifidobacterium bifidum, lactobacillus acidophilus, and lactobacillus bulgaricus. Bifidobacterium bifidum is helpful with boosting our immune response as it produces natural antibiotics that fight pathogens. It also helps the body rid itself of toxins, as well as assisting the body in the absorption of calcium, vitamins and minerals. Lactobacillus acidophilus is beneficial for inhibiting the growth of candida, helping relieve arthritic symptoms, and countering the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Lastly, lactobacillus bulgaricus helps defend the large intestine and keeps unfriendly bacteria under control. It helps stimulate peristaltic action and maintains electrolyte balance, as well as boosting immunity and countering carcinogenic substances in the body.

In order to keep this flora healthy and working for us by keeping the harmful pathogenic, disease-causing bacteria from growing unchecked, we need to feed it regularly with good food sources like yogurt (plain, organic, whole) kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and other fermented foods, etc.

Do you want to know more about your gut ecosystem come to my class “Introduction to Fermented Drinks” I will explain how we can keep our gut happy while showing you how to make healthy beverages that are full of probiotics and taste delicious!

A well functioning gut with healthy gut flora holds the roots of our health. And, just as a tree with sick roots is not going to thrive, the rest of the body cannot thrive without a well-functioning digestive system.” Dr. Campbell-McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome

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