By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Let’s focus on gut health this week! YES! Your health starts in your gut!
Keeping your colon healthy and functioning properly isn’t always the most effortless accomplishment. Symptoms associated with GI (Gastrointestinal) disorders include persistent diarrhea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and malabsorption.
Having a non-invasive Comprehensive Stool Analysis is a simple stool test that can help assess digestive and absorptive functions and the presence of good and bad bacteria. To obtain benefits from the food we eat, nutrients must be appropriately digested and then efficiently absorbed into the bloodstream. Eating a diverse diet rich in whole foods (that means stuff from the earth) can also bring diversity in your gut bacteria.
Learning What Types of Bacteria Live In Your Gut can make an enormous difference in your life! We need several good bacteria’s at optimal levels to create a healthy and happy gut environment.
These are the most friendly bacteria. Lactobacillus is the genus name and acidophilus is the particular strain. They are naturally present in dairy products and are added to miso, tempeh, yogurt, and other dietary supplements for better results. They produce vitamin K, lactate, and hydrogen peroxide. In the human body, they are found in the oral cavity, intestine, vagina, etc. These areas have slightly acidic pH because of these microbes. This helps curb the overgrowth of pathogens. In the vagina, these bacteria produce lactic acid that prevents fungal growth. They are used to treat diarrhea too. Thus, microorganisms help strengthen the immune system.
They produce lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide. They help curb the growth of pathogens. Some lactic acid bacteria help reduce cholesterol levels by breaking down bile, thus restricting its re-absorption. They prevent the growth of hostile yeasts like Candida albicans. They cleanse the bloodstream by removing toxins and boost the immune system. While killing pathogens, antibiotics also kill helpful bacteria. Consumption of Bifidobacterium when on antibiotics can minimize the risk.
They are present in the intestine and are also known as enteric bacteria. Probiotic Escherichia coli Nissle 1917 is used to treat bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.
So…………what is in YOUR gut? Test and find out!
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.