60 Second Friendly Bacteria
“Not me,” you say – but yes, it’s true – you do have friendly bacteria living in your intestinal tract. These bacteria and yeasts are essential to the proper health of the intestinal tract and your entire body. They produce many chemicals that are essential to the proper working of your brain, hormones, and actually your entire body.
There are many ways that the body’s supply of ‘good’ bacteria becomes decreased, including the use of antibiotics, poor food choices, stress, and overuse of laxatives. Symptoms of a lack of friendly bacteria include frequent vaginal infections, jock itch, joint aches and pains, bad breath, diarrhea, constipation, “bad” digestion, inflammation, thyroid problems, and autoimmune issues.
Supplementing with probiotics can help to normalize the intestinal tract but that is not enough. The more diverse diet you eat the more different organisms you will ingest and the healthier you will be. You have to feed these bacteria correctly so that they live and do their job. They need fiber-fruits and vegetables. They hate sugar, chemicals in food, antibiotics, and anything fake. They loooove the correct digestive enzymes. How do you know which one(s) you need? Make an appointment and come in for nutrition testing and we’ll discover that together.
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition.