April 2018 Issue
Raynette Ilg, ND, Founder
Olive Branch Wellness Center
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Good Bacteria: The Magic Key
to Better Health
Normally when we think of bacteria, we think of “bad germs” we want to get rid of. True, there are many strains of bacteria that can make us very sick, or even kill us! However, there are many bacteria we absolutely need both inside and outside of our body to survive and thrive.
By now, most of my patients understand how important it is to take their probiotic to increase both the number and the variety of good bacteria in their gut. They understand how good bacteria help digest and extract the full spectrum of nutrients from the food we eat. Good bacteria also protect our gut lining so that allergens and toxins can’t pass through our intestinal walls and into our bloodstream (otherwise known as “leaky gut syndrome”).
But the benefit of good bacteria in the gut doesn’t stop at digestive health and staving off food allergies. Your healthy gut flora delivers a wide range of health benefits!
Scientists are only now starting to find out how many health issues are tied to whether or not we have enough “good” bacteria in our gut. The latest research is showing a link between gut bacteria and:
- Depression and mood disorders
- Susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis
- Protection against cancer
- Heart disease
- Immune function
- Attention Deficit Disorder
A recent article published by the National Institutes of Health even called gut bacteria our “forgotten organ!”
So just because you don’t have digestive problems, or don’t suspect a leaky gut in your case, you still need to be vigilant about maintaining a healthy “microbiome.” In next month’s newsletter we’ll talk about how to do that