Our good bacteria is most commonly disrupted by excessive sugar and carbohydrate consumption, stress, drinking chlorinated water, excessive alcohol consumption and the frequent use of colas and other carbonated beverages.
Most over the counter medications and prescriptions of anti-biotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers and anti-biotics are also to blame for an interruption in our good bowel flora flora.
Antibiotics, are effective in killing germs and disease causing bacteria but they are also effective in killing our beneficial bacteria.
It is important that beneficial microbes inhabit the digestive tract to keep unfriendly bacteria, such as candida, in check.Often the situation can be improved by supplementation of foods rich in beneficial bacteria. Food such as cultured yogurt, buttermilk, cottage cheese, whey and other soured milk products or by supplementing with a good source of pro-biotics.
The two main types of pro-biotics in foods and supplements are Acidophilus (Lactobacillus), and Bifidobacterium. They are the key elements to our overall health and well being. They are live micro-organisms and aid in the synthesis of B-complex vitamins and vitamin K, and along with 400 other species provide a variety of benefits.
Different strains provide different benefits and the effects vary from person to person. These pro-biotics may also help to prevent constipation, reduce bloating, and even lower blood pressure and cholesterol and are effective in keeping the unwanted pounds off
Supplements typically contain between 2 to 6 billion active cells per capsule. Natural ways to increase the amount of friendly bacteria in your intestinal tract is eating a fiber-rich diet containing non-digestible fiber such as oatmeal, flax seed, onions, garlic and a variety of leafy green vegetables.