Intestinal Flora – Friendly Bacteria For Life
WHO CARES ABOUT FRIENDLY BACTERIA?
When was the last time you and your doctor discussed intestinal flora – the friendly bacteria in your intestines?
I ask that question now and then when someone is taking antibiotics – or any pharmaceutical drug, for that matter. The person usually gives a look that says, “You can’t be real. You must be from another planet.” After all, who cares about intestinal flora?
However, the question is not absurd. We pay no attention to the friendly bacteria in our bodies, yet these microscopic plants provide the foundation for our health. No function of our bodies can work proficiently unless the intestinal flora are balanced according to Mother Nature’s plan for health. The basic plan for health includes keeping more beneficial bacteria - intestinal flora - than harmful bacteria in our digestive tract.
Health is the result of the degree of balance within all of the body’s systems. All of the body’s systems are affected by one another and, when the balance of the microflora in your body is upset, you unknowingly invite illness into your life. You really do not want that, do you? I think that you want to know how to restore and enhance your health. Nevertheless, I warn you that this fundamental health issue is connected to caring about intestinal flora – friendly bacteria.
What Is Intestinal Flora – Friendly Bacteria?
This may come as a shock to you, but you are sort of a walking garden. You cannot see any of the plants, called flora, in your garden because they are too small to see – hence the name microflora. No one has really counted them, but researchers tell us there are many more plants in your garden then there are cells in your body.
Your “garden” contains over 500 different species of plants, and billions and billions of tiny individual plants. Some microflora are useful to you because they keep you healthy. We’ll call these intestinal flora the Good-Guy Plants.
Other kinds of microflora are like native grasses. They are neither good nor bad, but some of the intestinal flora are potential Bad-Guy Plants. They are always there, but are not a problem as long as you tend your garden. But some of them are like crab grass or morning glory plants in a real garden. If you do not tend to your garden they grow like crazy and take over the garden.
The main, large garden is in your intestines, but there are other smaller gardens scattered around your body, something like the rose beds along the paths in parks. One of your main jobs is to know when your lifestyle upsets that balance of intestinal flora bacteria. You need to feed your plants a good diet, and replant often ( think probiotics ).
If you get lazy and just feed your garden just any old thing, or if you decide to put strong chemicals in your system, the balance between the intestinal flora bacteria upset. The bad-guy-plants put on their black hats and you’re not sure what is going to happen, but you know it will not be good.
When the good-guy-plants are not robust and vigorous, the balance is lost and your foundation for health gets shaky. When the balance shifts to the bad-guy-plants, you will soon begin to notice symptoms of LIFESTYLE INDUCED DYSBIOSIS SYNDROME.
In addition, the only way to restore balance, regain your health, and say good-bye to Lifestyle Induced Dysbiosis Syndrome is to care about balancing intestinal flora.