Numbers, numbers, numbers.
A person's state of health is SO
dependent on having the right numbers:
- Blood pressure under
- Total cholesterol that's below
- Triglycerides less than 150
- A fasting blood glucose level
between 70-100 mg/dL.
- A resting pulse between 60 and
- And one of the latest: A
BMI (body mass index) between 18.5 and 25.0.
But one number we're hearing
more and more about, because it's arguably the biggest and most important
number in your body...
...your amount of friendly intestinal flora aka PROBIOTICS.
Right now you have more of these
little guys milling around than you have cells in your entire body -- to
the tune of TRILLIONS!
And since you would not survive
without them, they're definitely a number you want to be concerned with.
Little guys, BIG jobs
Most people realize that
friendly flora help keep your digestion smooth, but that's just the tip of
They also comprise 70-80% of
your immune system...so whether or not you will get the latest bug, cold,
virus or infection largely depends on your flora count.
They also help inhibit various
diseases including CANCER -- the number 2 killer in the US.
They encourage a health
cholesterol level -- they're Nature's completely safe alternative to
And they help control the pH
level of your intestines, to further help keep digestion efficient,
strengthen your gut wall to stop toxins from leaking out, and prevent gas
How to mess up your gut in 4
Largely because of excesses in
our diets and lack of nutrients we get from our foods today, we humans are
susceptible to four different types of "dysbiosis"
-- where our flora populations are not what they should be, which makes us
vulnerable to sicknesses and diseases of all kinds.
The 4 different types of
This is the rotting of poorly
digested food and frequently occurs when someone eats foods with high fats,
too much protein and very little fiber. A diet like this encourages harmful
bacteroids to flourish which can cause an increase in the development of
This is when the number of
beneficial bacteria in your gut begins to dwindle. Like putrefaction, it too
is the result of a high fat, low fiber diet, and it's commonly seen along
with putrefaction. It can also be caused by use of antibiotics.
This is when our friendly flora
is overrun and "taken over" by Candida fungi or other disease-causing
microbes. Eventually these microbes eat away at the gut wall and make it
porous, like a coffee filter. This allows wastes and toxins to leak into
your bloodstream and abdominal cavity and make you very sick (or even kill
you down the road in a variety of nasty ways).
Fermentation is the result of
eating a high-carb diet (cakes,
cookies, chips, crackers, muffins, breads, candies, sugar, soft drinks,
sports drinks, and the like.
This is when your immune system
gets "mixed up" and views normal food particles or other harmless
substances as dangerous invaders and launches an attack.
Normally the Regulatory T-cells
in your immune system can help control these responses, but since your
friendly flora help to encourage Regulatory T-cells to form, if your flora
population is low (due to diet or medications like I mentioned above), you
can have fewer T-cells and therefore more of these inappropriate sensitive
This is how autoimmune diseases
Take care of your biggest number
You have trillions of microbes -
probiotics - inside of your body. And since they play SUCH an important
role in your health, it's crucial to make sure they are healthy and strong.
Luckily, that's relatively easy
to do. Just two simple steps:
Eat a variety of foods that can be easily digested.
When you focus on consuming good
carbohydrates (like whole grains or gluten free, fresh fruits and
vegetables, legumes, seeds and nuts), get enough fiber, and have healthy
sources of fats and proteins, you not only encourage better digestion but
also you help nourish the friendly flora in your gut.
No matter what your doctor says
and no matter how long you've suffered and no matter how many remedies
you've tried, you can impact your own health!
Boost your population of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) so they can
control the bad guys and keep them in check.
Research studies have shown that
it is important to use multiple species and strains of probiotics when
dealing with dysbiosis.
Supplement with probiotics on a
We have 3 powerful probiotic
products in the office. Ask for more
info on your next visit.