Have you heard of probiotics or probiotic foods?
Probiotics are good microbes that you can consume in your diet. They then settle in your digestive system and get to work protecting you from illness and destroying the bad bacteria that may be living there.
There are many foods that have probiotic qualities. An example is yogurt. Check the label on the yogurt to make sure it says that it contains active cultures—those are the good bacteria that you need.
You can also take probiotic supplements to fill in the gaps in your diet.
Microbes: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Inside your digestive system are many microbes. Microbes are live organisms that affect your overall health.
Some of these organisms are beneficial and protect you from disease. These good bacteria recognize when illness-producing intruders enter your body; they promptly attack the intruders so you do not get sick. If you do not have enough good bacteria in your gut, you will be more susceptible not only to infections such as colds and stomach flu, but you will also be at risk for autoimmune diseases such as colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease.
Ideally you have a large supply of these good microbes living in your gut. But they can easily become depleted. If you have recently taken antibiotics, you have had not only the bad bacteria wiped out, but also the good bacteria. Antibiotics are not selective in their destruction.
Antibiotics are not the only way that good bacteria become depleted in your digestive system however. The chlorine in your drinking water can destroy them, as can the pesticide residue on the food that you eat.
Once the supply of beneficial microbes in your intestines dwindles, bad microbes such as yeast, fungi, and disease-causing bacteria begin to take up residence. When the scale tips in favor of the bad, your immune system becomes compromised.
Take action now by improving your gut function and fighting illness.