Many patients have an increasing number of conditions linked to the microbiome of our gut. Microbiome is a complex ecological system which requires certain things to stay healthy and to help re-establish balance in our gut.
70-80% of our entire immune system is in our gut. That is why it’s called the second brain. Having a healthy microbiome is essential to preventing many types of conditions and diseases. These include:
- Eczema, and other skin conditions
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Frequent colds and flus
- Poor immunity (autoimmune conditions)
- Thyroid imbalances
- Chronic fatigue
Recent research suggests the human microbiome contains over 1000 species of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria the two most common strains of probiotics, comprising only 5%. Other types of bacterial families are there from birth which are the more common commensal (gut) bacteria. Things such as a bad Western diet, stress and use of medications such as anti-biotics and proton pump inhibitors such as amoxillin, sugar, GMO foods can all damage our good bacteria.
Probiotics are considered to be the policeman of the gut. They help keep the peace by regulating the immune system, healthy gut function, preventing infection, reducing inflammation, treating allergies, treating skin issues and autoimmune problems. Probiotic supplementation helps to correct these imbalances.
Probiotics have been in our systems right from the moment that we stepped into the world. When a newborn is in the birth canal of the mother during delivery, that’s when the baby is exposed to the bacteria of his or her mother for the first time. This event starts a chain of events inside the baby’s digestive tract, and the infant’s digestive tract starts to produce good bacteria.
By adding more probiotic foods into your diet, you will notice the following benefits:
- Better immune system
- Improved digestive function
- Increased energy from the production of vitamin B12
- Reduce candida symptoms
- Healthier skin
- Reduced cold and flus
- Inflammatory bowel Syndrome
- Reduction in leaky gut syndrome
- Weight loss
You can get probiotics into your gut and digestive system through foods or supplementation. Probiotics foods include kombucha tea, yoghurt, kefir (stronger than yoghurt), any fermented vegetables such as kimchi and sauerkraut.
When you ferment foods, you load them with so many good bacteria’s that it preserves the foods and keeps them safe for very long periods of time. When you eat them they preserve the body because it is loaded with the things that keep your body healthy. The microbes inside our gut help our immune system, they digest your food, they make vitamins and do millions of processes all day long.
Probiotic foods also reduce inflammation. It helps you digest your food and any food that you eat with it; it helps you digest because it’s basically pre-digested food. It has a lot of B vitamins, C vitamins, and when you add this to your body it’s basically something your body doesn’t even have to digest because it’s already pre-digested. Therefore, it helps to lift the stress of digestion.
A spoonful of cultured vegetables is like a whole bottle of probiotic supplements. They’ve tested them. And the body knows how to use the food better than it does a supplement. Most of the supplements get killed in the stomach acid. That’s what it’s designed to do.