Probiotics are the friendly bacteria for your gut and very important for your colon health
You might have heard about the 'good bacteria' that is needed to keep your colon functioning at optimal health. So lets have a closer look.
Just as Earth holds an abundance of life forms - sometimes existing harmoniously, other times struggling fitfully against each other -- so too does the human body hold a vast internal ecosystem consisting of thousands of billions of living microorganisms that co-exist.
This vast internal ecosystem, called by many researchers our "human intestinal flora," dramatically influences, and to a certain degree even directs, every individual's personal state of health and well being -- including our physical and mental health, and our metabolism.
Over 400 distinct species of microorganisms inhabit the various regions of the human digestive tract, making up nearly four pounds of every individual's total body weight. This vast population of microorganisms far exceeds the number of tissue cells that make up the human body.
Residential bacteria form colonies in your gastrointestinal tract, mouth, and vaginal tract. Transient bacteria are travellers that are just passing through. Probiotics are another term for friendly bacteria that live and work in your gastrointestinal tract every day of your life. Think of them as the "home guard," a mighty bacterial army that defends your body against dangerous invaders. Having sufficient numbers of these friendly bacteria in residence can help prevent a wide range of health problems.
When functioning properly, Probiotics:
- Help guard your body against unfriendly bacteria.
- Help in the function of the digestive system.
- Maintain your body's vital chemical and hormone balance.
- Perform a vast number of needed tasks for maintaining high energy levels, proper immune function.
The result is that, since early 1989, when this product was introduced commercially, a continuously growing number of individuals, doctors, clinics, and health care professionals have praised this product and recommended it to their friends and patients.
Transient microorganisms are extremely important to understand. These include food-borne microorganisms and soil-borne microorganisms that make their way into the human digestive tract and, depending upon the characteristics of the specific organism involved, influence the overall health of the human system.
Transient micro organisms are different from resident microorganisms in that they do not take up permanent residence in the gastrointestinal tract. Instead, they establish small colonies for brief periods of time before dying off or being flushed from the intestinal system via normal digestive processes, or by peristaltic bowel action. However, in taking up temporary residence, they contribute to the overall function and condition of the digestive system. For example, the lives of some of the most important resident micro-organisms involved in human digestion and intestinal health depend on by-products produced by the visiting transients. Therefore, in many cases, these two very different types of micro-organisms nonetheless enjoy a complex symbiotic relationship that may dramatically influence the health and well being of your entire body.
In his groundbreaking book Prolongation of Life, Mechnikov documented in detail the unusually lengthy life spans of several societies that practised eating fermented foods and special bacterial cultures called kefirs. He made consistent observations of 100+ year-old men and women that were still leading highly active and healthy lives!
It was Professor Ilya Mechnikov that coined the term “probiotic” to describe friendly bacteria. His research made a direct link between human longevity and the necessity of maintaining a healthy balance of probiotics in the body.
DEATH BEGINS IN THE COLON TODAY . . . ALMOST A CENTURY LATER . . .
Brilliant medical researchers from all over the world are refocused on the importance of probiotics in the diet, quietly reshaping the way medical science views health.
Building on Mechnikov’s early research, their vital new discoveries are bringing more and more credence to this startling medical evidence: “Up to 90% of all known human illness and disease can be traced back to an unhealthy colon!”
Do we have a false sense of complacency about our health? Do we believe that because we faithfully take our vitamins, or regularly bombard ourselves with silver bullets, pills and potions, that we won’t contract a disease?
North Americans ingest more vitamin and mineral supplements per capita than any other educated population in the world. Yet, 1 out of 2 Americans will still die due to either heart disease or cancer! Similar death rates for heart disease and cancer now exist worldwide.
As the general public learns more about probiotics, and health practitioners acknowledge their importance in the maintenance of our health, we will have connected the dots between a healthy colon, sound health and increased life span.
Once harmful toxin-producing bacteria and fungi take over in the gastrointestinal tract, our immune system has become severely compromised. Given our exposure to stress, toxic chemicals, antibiotics, steroidal drugs and carcinogenic substances, it is a must that we proactively guard the health of our gut and supplement with probiotics every day.
Without the correct balance of 85% probiotic bacteria to 15% pathogenic bacteria, some form of physical disease is likely to manifest itself.
Maintaining this critical ratio is the single most important thing we can do to ensure good health and longevity.
These are some of the most common warning signs:
- Difficulty losing weight, sugar/carbohydrate cravings
- Frequent fatigue, poor concentration
- Frequent constipation or diarrhoea
- Faulty digestion, acid reflux and other gut disorders
- Sleeping poorly, possible night sweats
- Painful joint inflammations/stiffness
- Bad breath, gum disease & dental problems
- Frequent colds, flu or infections
- Chronic yeast problems, candida
- Acne, eczema, skin & foot fungus, etc
- Extreme menstrual or menopausal symptoms
- Allergies and food sensitivities
We are exposed to BILLIONS OF METRIC TONNES OF POLLUTANTS in our everyday lives. Lead, mercury, cadmium (plus over 4500 other toxic heavy metal by-products), drugs, vaccines, and a host of other dangers are wreaking (creating) havoc in our bodies. As our toxin levels rise and go unchecked, our immune system and other mission critical processes in our body become dangerously compromised and begin to fail.
Bacteria are at the base of all life on this planet. They were the original life and they most certainly will be the last, because absolutely no living thing on earth can exist without them. Understanding how bacteria operates and rules the body is often the missing link in understanding the demise of our first line of defence: The Immune System. Various strains of probiotics have been developed and perfected to deliver their benefits – in spite of interference from toxins.
Bacteria have no teeth, but rather produce enzymes. These enzymes then identify, digest and deliver nutrients where they need to go. You have tens of trillions of cells, each of which needs 100,000 enzymes to function correctly. It is enzymes that are responsible for every metabolic process in your body.
If there is a deficit of friendly (probiotic) bacteria in the human gut, then there is a deficit of enzymes. Without these vital enzymes, nutrients do not get used. This lack of uptake of nutrients is at the heart of what causes most of the disorders in the human body.
You can consume the best nutrients in the world, but if you cannot digest and assimilate them, then everything is lost.
Today, most of us have lost our ability to digest nutrients. This is largely due to the fact that the “anti-probiotic” things we are exposed to, have killed off the friendly bacteria necessary to produce the enzymes that digest these nutrients. These are mainly:
- Birth control pills
- Steroidal/hormonal drugs
- Carbonated drinks
- Man-made vitamins
- Synthetic ascorbic acid
Enzymes are responsible for all building and repairs in the body, and they need amino acids to get these jobs done. It is crucial to good health to have amino acids floating in the body – available at a moment’s notice – so that enzymes can utilise them when needed.
Amino acids also provide the building blocks for most of the hormones, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators and other information chemicals that regulate and control ALL communication in every cell of our body.
The strongest bacteria will always kill the weaker ones. Further, bacteria compete for food sources. Therefore, it is a fallacy to think you are helping the body by taking a probiotic supplement that only has one, two or maybe even four types of lactobacillus, and no food source with it. These new bacteria will deplete the number of bad and good bacteria in your body, as they compete for food.
Another important by-product of our “bacteria wonder strains” is Lactic Acid. Bacteria manufacture lactic acid to protect themselves from bad bacteria. Lactic acid has a pH factor of 3.5 or less. NO BAD bacteria can live in this environment and, in fact, this low pH.
Ilya Mechnikov 1908 Nobel Laureate says 85% Probiotic Bacteria : 15% Pathogenic Bacteria is the ideal ratio of good to bad bacteria in the gut. 85% Pathogenic Bacteria : 15% Probiotic Bacteria is the ratio most people have.
When you suffer from low quantities of good (probiotic) bacteria your immune system is severely compromised. This leaves you predisposed to fatigue, joint inflammation, viral attack, parasites, allergies and allmanner of digestive disorders and life-threatening diseases.
It is vital to your health that a proper environment is maintained in the intestinal tract and that it has the proper balance of 85% friendly to 15% unfriendly bacteria. Without this proper balance of bacteria, all manner of physical disease manifests itself.
This singular focus, of cultivating the proper intestinal flora, is the most important thing we can do to ensure good health. In the absence of abundant friendly flora, the body loses its fantastic ability to heal itself. Probiotic bacteria (friendly bacteria) prevent the invasion and colonisation of harmful bacteria, fungi, yeast, viruses, moulds, and other parasites. Thus, these friendly bacteria prolong a healthy life.
They maintain chemical and hormonal balance, regulate nutrients, and stimulate correct digestion and proper immune function. They will process putrefied materials and pathogenic products like Candida, harmful bacteria and parasites, and in many cases will penetrate the permeable lining of the gut wall and permanently destroy potentially harmful organisms.
In short, the main health benefits of probiotics include:
Increased digestion, alleviation of digestive disorders, enhanced assimilation and synthesis of nutrients (including vitamins, minerals, and proteins), improved absorption of calcium, protection against E. coli infection, improved immune function, improved lactose tolerance and digestibility of all milk products, reduction of vaginal infections and yeast infections, increased anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancer) activity, reduction/prevention of peptic ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria, reduction in bad cholesterol, and reduction of acne.
With the vastly reduced number of putrefactiveand pathogenic bacteria inhabiting the colon, a substantially reduced level of toxic substances leave the colon with the fluids absorbed into the hepatic-portal bloodstream that goes from the gastro-intestinal tract to the liver.
With a manageable level of toxins to deal with, the liver is able to neutralise all of them, and the posthepatic blood circulation is clear of even low levels of toxins. Hence, there is no longer a stimulation of the disease process or the breakdown of weak genes in the outlying tissue cells. The hidden disease process is thus halted.
The best probiotic for your enema is either a fine powder or a capsule like AIM Flora Food that you can open and put into your Implant kit for easy administration. Yoghurt is not strong enough as a probiotic, but can be used in an enema.
We do not recommend to put the probiotic into the large enema bag with your normal enema as this would be wasting them. Most of it would be released when you go to the toilet. If you add it as an implant your body will retain the probiotics.
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