Why Do I Have Three Pounds of Organisms in My Gut?
Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:
How can I possibly have three pounds of organisms in my gut? I mean, I eat healthy foods, I eliminate twice a day, I drink plenty of water, I get plenty of exercise and…
Relax! Having these organisms — at least the good ones — in your gut is a healthy thing! And believe it or not, it’s been proven that every person has at least one organism in their gut that is unique to them only – a signature organism, if you will.
Yes, at any given time, there are 100 trillion bacteria circulating around the walls of your intestines.
If you are eating as much sugar as the average American – about 100 pounds a year – then you are feeding the bad bacteria rather than nourishing the good bacteria that keeps you healthy. Digestive symptoms indicative of too much bad gut bacteria include constipation, excess gas, chronic diarrhea and chronic bad breath.
Good bacteria, on the other hand, spend their time destroying bad bacteria, digesting your food and assisting in the absorption of nutrients. They welcome healthful nutrients while waving away any harmful viruses or bugs. They readily provide up to 70% of your immune system.
Stress, poor diet and the use of antibiotics can adversely affect the delicate balance of your intestines and wreak havoc on your immune system.
You can influence the composition of the bacteria in your gut by cutting out refined sugars, eating fermented vegetables, and supplementing with a high quality probiotic supplement.
Another way to help keep your intestinal flora happy is by adding prebiotic foods to your diet. Prebiotics feed probiotics. The top prebiotic foods include raw chicory root, raw Jerusalem artichoke, raw dandelion greens, raw garlic, raw leeks, raw and cooked onion, raw asparagus, raw jicama and raw bananas.
July is Digestion Awareness Month…and we have specials! During the month of July, we have several digestive products on sale for 20% off from Standard Process, a wonderful line of nutritional supplements available only through doctors.
Products on special include Multizyme (digestive enzyme), Betaine Hydrochloride (digestive enzyme), Prebiotic Inulin, Lact-Enz (digestive enzyme, probiotic), ProSynbiotic (probiotic), Whole Food Fiber, Chlorophyll Complex (soothes an inflamed gut) and Cataplex A-C (helps heal the lining of the gut).
Ask me which product is best for you!
Until next time…
Yours in health,
Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
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Increasing Health & Vitality for over 30 Years
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