The human body is an amazing creation, made up of 100 trillion cells. What is equally amazing (but commonly unknown!) is the large amount of bacteria in the human body; there are about 10 times more bacteria than cells throughout the human body!
Although these bacteria are throughout the entire human body, some areas of the body are more concentrated than others. One of these areas is the gut (or gastrointestinal tract).
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Some experts claim there is as much as 2 to 3 pounds of bacteria within the gastrointestinal tract.
Good Gut Bacteria: Why Do We Need It?
Undoubtedly, the body has (and needs) a large amount of beneficial or “good” bacteria. And this is especially true within our gut. But why is having good gut bacteria SO important?
Well, primarily because we need to have a healthy balance between good and ‘bad’ bacteria. This is true throughout our entire body, but especially in our gut.
When we aren’t replenishing our body with the good, the bad start to take over, and this is NOT beneficial for our overall health.
We should all strive for a healthy ratio of 80% beneficial and 20% ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut. A few of the “bad guys” are actually okay because they help keep the immune system in check and working properly.
What we do not want is for this ratio of beneficial versus harmful bacteria to get out of balance (for example, only 60% beneficial and as much as 40% harmful bacteria). This imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria is known as dysbiosis and is very damaging to our overall health.
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There are many symptoms of Gut Dysbiosis, including but not limited to the following:
- Bloating, belching or flatulence after meals
- Diarrhea and/or Constipation
- Nausea or diarrhea after taking supplements
- Undigested food in the stool
- Adult acne or other skin irritations, such as psoriasis and rosacea
- Skin that is easily bruised
- Iron deficiency
- Amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)
- Joint pain
Many diseases and conditions are the result of poor gut health and poor digestion.
Hippocrates was a Greek physician who lived more than 1500 years ago and was known as the founding father of modern medicine. Hippocrates understood the importance of good gut health when he said, “all disease begins in the gut.”
So, What Can You Do?
In addition, taking a Probiotic supplement is always a great place to start!
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