Healthy bacteria are important because they help us to digest & absorb nutrients, vitamins and minerals from our food properly. The beneficial bacteria live in our gut and ensure that we maintain a strong immune system.
If you suffer from problems like gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, skin rashes, headaches and other symptoms after eating a meal (apart from eating the wrong kind of food) you may also not be digesting your food properly. A fully functioning digestive system is very important if we want to break down our food properly and absorb the nutrients from it. This is where good bacteria come in! Probiotics are healthy bacteria that live and recreate themselves naturally in the intestines in healthy people. They help our digestive system function at its best.
Why is it that we lack good bacteria in your digestive system?
When we consume things like antibiotics, we kill the good bacteria as well as the pathogenic bacteria in our digestive system.
We have all been programmed to believe it’s safe to consume chlorinated tap water and this is by far the most popular method used to kill bacteria in water today. However, chlorinated water also destroys the normal gut flora in our intestines. This means that it destroys part of our immune system because 80% of our immune system is in our gut. It’s also been linked to clogged arteries and destroys vitamin E in the body. This is why it’s so important to eat foods which are rich in the good bacteria because our normal gut flora is constantly attacked by pollutants.
Our immune system
Our immune system is a key part of being healthy. The immune system can also be described as our army or defence system. It protects us against infections and toxins. A healthy immune system is a key part of well-being. 80% of our immune system is in our gut. If the healthy bacteria in our gut is not enough we will easily fall sick and have a host of other illnesses and allergies.
Our good bacteria today is continuously attacked by antibiotics, chlorinated water, sugar, stress, birth control pills and other environmental factors. It is for this reason that a lot of people today suffer from digestive issues. Adding good bacteria in our intestinal tract daily is absolutely essential for our health and well-being.
The benefits of fermented foods?
Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir & raw nut cheese are not only delicious and a wonderful addition to your diet; they’re also rich in probiotics that are necessary for our health. They are a very affordable way of getting the good bacteria in our system. Personally, I love fermenting pumpkin and cabbage. But you can ferment any kind of vegetable, from cauliflower to cucumbers and even yams. Coconut water is another delicious fermented drink that you can add to your diet and lifestyle and it is delicious too.
If you prefer to take probiotics in pill form, there are many options in your health food store.
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