Good Bacteria that is Great for the Gut

Good Bacteria that is Great for the Gut

Good Bacteria that is Great for the Gut - All in a Day’s Work for Probiotics

Most of you have heard the phrase, “I feel it in my gut”. When this sensitivity happens, you may very well be onto something that comes from deep within the confides of your own body.

Host to a complex community of organisms, known as the gut microbiome and extremely sensitive to what we ingest, our gut harbours beneficial live bacteria that play a fundamental role in breaking down and absorbing nutrients. Poor gut health can not only impact your overall health and vitality, but it has also been acknowledged by health experts as a contributing factor to many sicknesses and diseases including, autism, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some forms of cancer.

Good gut health to your body, is just as important as clean engine oil is to a machine.

So, how can you improve your gut health naturally?

Gut health can be improved naturally by eating more fermented foods. Fermented foods are abundant with the beneficial live bacteria that your gut requires.

What are fermented foods?

Fermentation is a method whereby natural bacteria demolish the starch and sugar located within foods, manufacturing lactic acid. This practice preserves the food and offers up health-advantageous enzymes, B-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and results in an amazing source of natural probiotics. Along with enjoying the nutrient content of these foods, the natural probiotics formed help to make the food simpler to digest.

Fermented products have been enjoyed for many centuries, however it is only of recent times that the extent of their health and nutritional benefits, through probiotic cultures, have been recognised.

What are some types of fermented and probiotic foods?

Fermented foods include items such as kefir, cottage cheese, yoghurt, miso, sauerkraut, pickles, and kombucha which is a fermented tea. Not all fermented foods are created equal however, and regardless of the total number of bacteria in a product, it is the number of actual strains of bacteria that you should be on the lookout for. The various strains all help to promote good health in their own unique way.

According to Dr David Williams, medical researcher, biochemist, and chiropractor, the best probiotic supplements should contain three major strains [1]:

1. Lactobacillus acidophilus

This strain eagerly sets up camp on the walls of the small intestine, supporting the absorption of nutrients and assists with digestion.

2. Bifidobacterium longum

This is one of the most commonly found bacteria within the digestive tracts of adults. It acts as a defence against toxins in the body, and is important for keeping up the integrity of the gut wall.

3. Bifidobacterium bifidum

This strain is vital for helping your body to digest dairy products. It is located in both the small and large intestine, and is very important to keep up with as we age and our ability to digest dairy slows. This strain of bacteria also assists with the function of breaking down complex carbs, protein and fats, for the body to use more efficiently.

Although these are the main strains that have been recommended generally, varying health requirements and stages of life, call for different strains of bacteria and probiotics. The needs for women for example, can vary greatly to a muscle-building pro, or young child. It is important to take this into account when looking for a probiotic to match your needs.

Other than improving digestive health in general, the below table provides a basic overview of some other key strains of bacteria and their benefits that are worth considering.

Strain

Benefit

Streptococcus salivarius

An immune booster, good for dental and oral hygiene, including reducing cavities and gingivitis, and is known to reduce mastitis

Lactobacillus delbrueckii

Decreases LDL (bad) cholesterol, leaky gut, diarrhea and nausea, IBS, fights virus, tooth decay, and general immune-booster

Lactobacillus casei subsp. rhamnosus

Among the best Lactobacillus strains for vaginal and urinary health. Reduces risk of diarrhoea, particularly when traveling abroad.

Lactobacillus plantarum

Reduces IBS, lower intestinal permeability, fights intestinal pathogens, decreases flatulence

Bifidobacterium bifidum

The most common probiotic bacteria found in our bodies, directly competes with Candida and yeast overgrowths in our bodies, increases immunity and fights ulcers

Bifidobacterium infantis

The largest population of beneficial bacteria found in babies. The amount of B. infantis in our guts decline as we age, but remains important for our microflora. Decreases bloating and difficulty with bowel movement.

Bifidobacterium longum

Treats diarrhea, pathogen infections, seasonal allergies, possible weight maintenance, bone health, prevents colon cancer, lowers cholesterol

Bifidobacterium breve

Reduces periodontal disease, mouth ulcers, urinary oxalate levels (kidney stones), decreases H. pylori colonization

Lactococcus lactis

Effective in the treatment of Crohn’s Disease, improves metabolism and acts as a preventative against pathogens

Recognised for their power packed probiotic ingredients, My Biodefence products offer all natural and effective ways to boost your gut health and overall wellbeing.

One product in particular, Symbiotic, contains a whopping 11 strains and the largest variety of beneficial bacteria in the range. This natural probiotic is especially great if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or gastrointestinal distress, as it could help regulate bowel movements, relive bloating, pain and gas.

Bifidocompex is perfect for young children and contains seven strains to help with their growth and development, improving appetite and digestion.

My Biodefence products are easy to make, natural probiotic remedies that need nothing else but milk and a little bit of effort. You can mix up a batch of classic yoghurt, kefir, cottage cheese, or a tasty probiotic drink with no artificial ingredients or fillers. GMO-free, pure taste and plenty of beneficial live bacteria for good gut health.

To start enjoying the benefits of make at home probiotics, and to check for a probiotic that will be suited for you, head to our products page at My Biodefence. For the health of your gut and the goodness of real food, your body will love you for it.

 

Resources:

[1] Dr David Williams: How to Choose the Best Probiotic Supplement

PS: check out this ABC program on the state of current research on the interplay between food and our gut bacteria

Part 1

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4067184.htm

Part 2

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4070977.htm

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