Gut Bacteria - Microbiome - Probiotics
Your gut has trillions of bacteria. Some of your gut bacteria help you and others can hurt you. Probiotics are normal bacteria that support your digestive health. More importantly, alterations in normal gut bacteria have a link to the following conditions. They are, IBS, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, ulcerative colitis, SIBO, fibromyalgia, diabetes and many more conditions. Likewise, the good gut bacteria make vitamins, short chain fatty acids and other important metabolites vital for good intestinal health. In addition, the good gut bacteria crowd out bad gut bacteria. So when there are less good bacteria, bad bacteria can multiply causing inflammation and pain from the toxins they produce. In other words, bad gut bacteria eat vitamins and expel toxins.
Probiotics are bacteria that are normal to your digestive system. Many strains of gut bacteria are normal. Moreover, some of these grow in culture and are put in pill or powder form. Lactobacillus, Bifidobacter, Klebsiella are types of bacteria in a typical probiotic. There are different types of the probiotics. For example, L Rhamnosus, is a type of lactobacillus. How should you choose a probiotic? The best way, and only right way is to have a stool test to determine your personal gut bacteria balance. Above all, this allows us to personalize your probiotic for the strains you need and avoid the ones you don’t need.
The bugs inside you!
Your gut bacteria or microbiome are living bugs! Now they eat and digest just like you do! So what do gut bacteria eat? They eat what you feed them. Therefore, if you feed them sugar, the bacteria that thrive on sugar will flourish. If you eat greens, the bacteria that thrive on greens will flourish. In addition, to have a healthy gut you need to feed your “zoo” of gut bacteria the right food. So that includes greens, vegetables and high quality protein. In addition, eliminating foods that you are allergic to is also very important. Of course this also has to be determined through testing.
Below are some of the bugs in your microbiome and the disease they can cause.
This is not a complete list. There are also other factors affecting these conditions. Click here for more info.
E coli Proteus
Irritable bowel syndrome
E coli – Prevotella