Stress & Diet & Intestinal Micro-organism Balance

by Trace on February 10, 2010

Are you feeling stressed & suffering from a sluggish or irritable bowel, bloating or wind?

It may be that your bowel is over-run with the wrong kind of bacteria.

It is difficult for you to be healthy if your bowel is sick!

FriendlyBacteriaThe home guard in the digestive tract are what we call “friendly” bacteria. These are bacteria that fight off the bad bacteria such as E. coli and keep our intestinal tracts “in balance.” When friendly bacteria are not at appropriate levels, and when unfriendly bacteria dominate, health problems can result. These include gas, bloating, intestinal toxicity, constipation, and malabsorption of nutrients.

These friendly bacteria which are often known as probiotics when in supplement form have a number of health benefits.

Pharmaceutical antibiotics do have a downside in that they kill bacteria, including our good bacteria.

The increasingly common problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is due to our overuse of antibiotics.

It has been stated that between 8%-23% of the population in the western world has at some time suffered from medically diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome. Add to that all those who suffer gastritis or mild digestive disorders with symptoms such as bloating and wind.

What can you do to get your bowel back in good condition?

Flood your bowel with the good guys. You have to overwhelm the bad bacteria!

One way to do this is to take Probiotics.

The definition according to Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) is:  Probiotics are “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a beneficial health effect on the host.”

How do Probiotics work?

They interact positively with the intestinal walls (mucosa) and prompt an immune response to establish the intestinal conditions needed to prevent the growth of pathogens. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium bacterium are particularly beneficial.

Most pathogens don’t like these acidic conditions and find it hard to develop. With more beneficial bacteria and less pathogens, your digestive system is better able to perform its normal healthy functions.

Friendly bacteria also have the ability to:

  • manufacture vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, A, and K, and essential fatty acids;
  • aid in the digestive process by helping digest lactose (milk sugar) and protein;
  • clean the intestinal tract and promote regular bowel movements;
  • increase the number of immune system cells;
  • help balance intestinal pH;
  • help protect us from environmental toxins such as pesticides and pollutants, reduce toxic waste at the cellular level, and stimulate the repair mechanism of cells;
  • help maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels; and
  • break down and rebuild hormones.

For more information on Friendly Bacteria and Their Benefits click here

Yakult

Yakult is a fermented milk drink that contains a very high concentration of a unique, beneficial bacterium called Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain. This bacteria was named after Dr Shirota and is exclusive to Yakult. It is pronounced as follows: Lack-toe-bass-ill-us case-e-i Shirota strain.

Each one of us has around 100 trillion bacteria in our intestines. Some of these are beneficial and some are potentially harmful. To work efficiently our digestive system needs a healthy balance where the number of beneficial bacteria out number those that are potentially harmful.

Yakult is a probiotic beverage created in Japan in 1935 and is sold in more than 30 countries and regions around the world.

http://www.yakult.com.au/product01.htm

Chapter 4 in my book How To Overcome Stress Naturally is Nutritional Healing – Vitamins, Minerals, Fatty Acids & Mental Health. I interview Health Nutritionist Blake Graham who has an excellent website where you can read more about Nutritional Healing, Diet and intestinal micro-organism balance.

Plus you can buy my book online or at your local bookstore for $29.95 to be encouraged and inspired to overcome stress naturally.

To find a health practitioner trained in nutrition and environmental medicine go to:

ACNEM (Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine) www.acnem.org

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