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100 Trillion Bacteria in Your Gut do Something Important

The bacteria in your bowels outnuber the cells in your body by a factor of 10 to one. Your intestine is an extremely complex living system that participates in your protection through a strong defense against aggressions from the external environment. The normal flora that lives in your gut has an enormous influence on your health.

If you are eating as many sugars as the typical American (175 pounds per year) then you are feeding the bacteria that are more likely to cause disease than promote health. A large part of their influence is on the intestinal lining (mucousal barrier) that is over 300 square meters, or about the size of a tennis court.

Fortunately, you can influence the composition of the good and bad bacteria in your colon not only through your diet, but also with the use of a high-quality probiotic. Nearly all of our new patients are put on this as it is a helpful start for their health recovery. Once one is eating the right foods though, it is generally possible to maintain a healthy bacterial balance without the use of probiotics. Probiotics are especially helpful when you are traveling and you get an infectious diarrhea. Typically, large doses of a high-quality good bacteria (about one-half to one full bottle in one day) are quite useful for a rapid resolution of the diarrhea.

This link below goes to the abstract, but if you have an interest in this topic I highly recommend reviewing the full article.

American Journal Clincical Nutrition October 2003 Vol. 78, No. 4, 675-68

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