The digestive system is home to trillions of micro organisms colonising the gut making an amazing ecosystem all living together in harmony called the gut flora. A healthy adult has about 2kg of these bacteria in the gut. All these bacteria live in a highly organised micro-world with certain species predominating and controlling others. They play a number of vital roles in the body and without them we probably would not survive. The more modern day science advances, the more we learn about human health. It is absolutely imperative that we take care of our gut flora, as an abnormal or damaged gut flora is the main root cause of all disease today. By taking care of our gut flora we may prevent or even reverse diseases like: heart disease, auto immune diseases, allergies or even cancer to name but a few.
Essential or beneficial flora: These bacteria are referred to as our indigenous friendly bacteria. The main members of this group are: Bifidobacteria (Bifidobacterium bifidum), Lactobacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus), Propionobacteria, Peptostreptococci and Enterococci. Beneficial flora is made up of beneficial or good bacteria also called probiotic. They are the housekeepers of the gut, without them your gut cannot be healthy. These bacteria fulfil a myriad of vital functions in the body. The whole surface of the digestive system in a healthy gut flora is covered and dominated by beneficial bacteria. In a healthy body these beneficial bacteria predominate and control all other microbes. The beneficial bacteria provide a natural barrier and protects us against all sorts of invaders, bacteria, parasites, fungi, viruses, toxins etc. that are in our food and drink that we ingest every day. Apart from providing us with a physical barrier the beneficial bacteria produce antibiotic like substances that are anti fungal, anti viral that dissolve viruses and 'bad' bacteria. They also reduce pH near the wall of the gut making it uninhabitable for the 'bad' bacteria to colonise.
Opportunistic flora: This is a large group of various microbes these are: Bacteriods, Peptococci, Staphylococci, Streptococci, Bacilli, Clostridia, Yeasts, Enterobacteria, Fuzobacteria, Eubacteria, catenobacteria, and many others. There are around 500 various species of microbes known to science so far, which can be found in the gut. In a healthy person their numbers are limited and are tightly controlled by the beneficial flora. Each of these microbes is capable of causing various health problems if they get out of control.
Transitional flora: These are various microbes, which we daily swallow with food and drink. When the gut is well protected by the beneficial bacteria, this group of microbes pass through our digestive tract without doing any harm, but if the population of the beneficial flora is damaged and not functioning well this group of microbes can cause disease.
The beneficial bacteria take part in our digestion and absorption of our food, they produce a number of enzymes that break down proteins, carbohydrates, fibre and fats. They produce various substances that transport vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from our food that we eat and maybe supplements that we take, through the gut wall that is then absorbed into our blood stream to nourish our body. Some nutrients are short lived in the body so for this reason they can actively synthesise a number of nutrients that are essential for us: vitamin k2 (menaquinone), B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid, pantothenic acid and some amino acids. So without a good healthy gut flora your body will be deficient in nutrients, they will simply not be made or absorbed properly.
We inherit or acquire our gut flora from our mother at birth. Through the birth canal a baby swallows its first mouthfuls of bacteria, it then settles in the baby's sterile gut and becomes gut flora. Breast feeding is another way mum passes her gut flora to her baby. So what ever lives in mums digestive system become the baby's digestive system. Bottle fed babies acquire completely different gut flora than those that are breast fed.
There are many factors today that damage the beneficial gut flora. Antibiotics and penicillin have a devastating affect on beneficial bacteria not only in the gut but in other organs and tissues as well. It takes between 4 to 8 weeks depending on the species of beneficial bacteria to re-establish in the gut. This gives a window of opportunity for the bad bacteria, the disease causing bacteria, viruses and fungi to establish themselves on the gut wall. The contraception pill, prolonged stress, dentistry work and exposure to toxic substances all damage our friendly bacteria. Diet has a large impact on the gut flora. Convenient processed foods effects the gut flora. Drinking milk and eating meat from animals that are routinely given antibiotics, steroids and other drugs damage the gut flora, eat only organic milk and meat.Too much sugar foods and processed carbohydrates increase the number and create a habitat for a number of different fungi. Processed and sugar carbohydrates (white bread, cakes, biscuits, pastries, and pasta) also promote population of the gut with worms and other parasites.
The beneficial gut flora plays a crucial role in our immune system, by keeping the body's immunity active and up to its job. Around 83% of our immunity is located in the gut wall. Nearly all disease can be traced back to a damaged or an abnormal gut flora. The gut flora keeps two arms in the immune system in balance and encourages the immune system to respond appropriately to 'bad' microbes. The first arm say is responsible for what we are exposed to in our environment. The air that we breathe has a number of things like chemicals, dust, pollen, animal hair etc. that settles on our mucus membrane and passes on into the gut and also the chemicals and bad bacteria in the foods. So when the gut flora is damaged, the microbes (the 'bad' bacteria) are able to break through the gut wall, it becomes what is known as leaky gut syndrome. The immune system becomes less efficient and starts letting in unwanted microbes and toxins through the gut wall then into our bodies. The second arm of your immune system will try and compensate for the first arm and will become hyperactive. The second arm of your immune system is responsible for allergic type reactions. So a person's body starts reacting in an allergic way, asthma, hay fever, allergies to dust, animals, and to food and so on. It is also the root cause of autoimmune diseases. The most common examples include: Coeliac disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Graves' disease, Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and so on. The body cannot thrive without a well functioning gut flora. It is essential that we take care of our gut as it holds the roots to our health.
The importance of looking after our gut flora
You probably don't think about your gut very often but this may make you start. Below is a video explaining the importance of keeping your gut flora healthy. If you are interested in your health then this video is a must see. Dr. Campbell McBride world renowned for her fascinating work and one of the leading experts in this field explains: How all diseases begin in the gut, what the gut flora is and how to easily regain your overall health by a few simply steps. To view simply click on the play button on the video below:
Natasha Campbell-McBride MD MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (nutrition)
Dr. Campbell-McBride graduated with Honours as a Medical Doctor in 1984 from Bashkir Medical University in Russia. In the following years she gained a Postgraduate MMedSci Degree in Neurology. After practising for five years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she started a family and moved to the UK. Fairly shortly after that her son was diagnosed autistic, which prompted an intensive study into causes and treatments of autism. It was during this time that Dr. Campbell-McBride developed her theories on the relationship between neurological disorders and nutrition, and completed a second Postgraduate Degree in Human Nutrition at Sheffield University, UK. She has written two books: Gut and Psychology Syndrome, which explains her natural treatment for autism, dyslexia, A.D.D., A.D.H.D., dyspraxia, depression and schizophrenia. The book gives full details of GAPS nutritional protocol. She has had huge success with the above disorders, with treatments linking nutrition and the digestive system. The second book: Put Your Heart in Your Mouth, explains the natural treatments for angina, high blood pressure, stroke, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease.
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So how do we take care of our gut flora?
Take probiotic supplements on a daily on going basis. By taking care of your gut flora you will avoid our modern day diseases. Eat fermented foods as they are full of our friendly bacteria, like sauerkraut to mention one. This was the way that unknown to ourselves, we looked after our gut flora before the refrigerator was invented. There are many books out there with recipes on fermenting food. Avoid taking antibiotics and pharmaceutical drugs. Of course they are necessary some times, so when you do have to take them, take a good quality probiotic supplement especially during and after for a few weeks. Avoid processed foods, sugar and man made chemicals as these will not help your gut flora to stay healthy. We at Purenewyou.com offer one of the strongest probiotics on the market today, which consists of the most powerful species of the beneficial bacteria. Our probiotic is made by Neways and was formulated by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride who is world renowned for her fascinating work and studies on the digestive system. Some of the information above is with reference to her work.
How and when do I take the Neways Probiotic?
The Neways probiotic that we offer on this web site for best results when replenishing the gut flora, is to take them first thing in the morning with only water 30 minutes prior to breakfast or last thing at night just before bedtime, as this is the time that your stomach acids are at their lowest
For an adult: If you have never or recently taken a probiotic you should start gradually with no more than one a day for about five days, then you can take between two and four a day.
For children: half the dose of an adult. You can also open a capsule and dissolve a small amount, in maybe 30 mls. of cold water.
Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride has written two books: Gut and Psychology Syndrome, which explains her natural treatment for autism, dyslexia, A.D.D., A.D.H.D., dyspraxia, depression and schizophrenia. The book gives full details of GAPS nutritional protocol. She has had huge success with the above disorders, with treatments linking nutrition and the digestive system. The second book: Put Your Heart in Your Mouth, explains the natural treatments for angina, high blood pressure, stroke, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease. To buy either of her to books click here for our recommended book section.
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