In these days of “good” fat-“bad” fat nutrition it is no surprise that there is a difference between healthy bacteria and unhealthy bacteria, in the human body. All kinds of bacteria are in our intestinal tracts. The medical and clinical findings of the last five years detail how healthy bacteria can aid our overworked digestive tracts or guts by killing unhealthy bacteria, breaking down nutrients, producing vitamins, and giving the immune system a healthy boost.
- Probiotics, made up of healthy bacteria, are now sold as designer yogurt and health supplements. According to the Harvard Medical School, (Family Health Guide) there are in excess of 100 trillion bacteria present in the stomach/gut. The healthy bacteria perform important services to our intestinal tracts. The unhealthy bacteria may not be so bad, after all, they are only harmful and make you sick, if they reproduce too fast or travel to parts of your body where they do not belong. Lactobacilli, which found regularly in the small intestine, and Bifidobacteria (a good bacteria), usually found in the large intestine, create an acidic environment which prevents the growth of unhealthy bacteria.
Health Benefits of Good Germs
- A “Good” bacterium breaks down complex sugars; proteins and fats to make it easier for the body to absorb them, so that the nutrients can be will be more effectively used by the body. Some microbes make/synthesize vitamins. Examples are lactobacillus acidophilus (vitamin K), lactic acid bacteria (B-complex vitamins) and enteric bacteria (vitamin B-12). The Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System released a study in the April 2006 issue of “The American Journal of Gastroenterology” their finding was that probiotics, which consist of “good” germs, can shorten the duration of diarrhea after an antibiotic regimen and in some infections. A “Good” bacterium also increases white blood cells (T-cells), which help the immune system to respond to harmful bacteria. When healthy bacterium breaks down complex sugars, proteins and fats……it is easier for the body to absorb them. Allowing the digested nutrient, to be more effectively put to use. Some bacteria synthesize vitamins…Lactobacillus acidophilus, makes Vitamin K. While Lactic acid bacteria created B-complex vitamin and enteric bacteria creates Vitamin B-12.
Your digestive system does much more than just act as a transformation machine for the food you eat that turns it into the energy your body uses to perform at its best. Keeping these “healthy” bacterias in mind will go a long way to Maintaining a healthy digestive system that is such an important factor when supporting a healthy you.