Did you know your gastrointestinal tract, which begins at your mouth and ends at your anus, is your gateway to health or disease? This system, which is an unbelievable 8 metres long, is your fuel station as well as your waste-management system. There is overwhelming scientific evidence supporting the importance of beneficial bacteria to human health and longevity. Our bodies contain over 100 trillion bacteria called the microbiome that are residents on the intestinal wall and are just as significant to human health as any other organ in our body. The bacteria protect our cells by fighting off pathogens, make nutrients readily available, produce health enhancing enzymes, are our first and last line of defense of our immune system and help perform all major functions within our body.
Factors in today’s stressful world contribute to the loss of beneficial bacteria in the body. Stress, pollution, processed foods in our diet, even the aging process, can lead to a depletion of beneficial bacteria and cause digestive upsets such as diarrhoea, constipation, gas, indigestion and ultimately sickness and disease. Some organisms we encounter daily are not only unfriendly, they are downright dangerous. However, beneficial bacteria, known as probiotics, help protect you from the onslaught of disease-causing microorganisms. They defend the body against bad bacteria (pathogens), detrimental fungi and viruses. If the body’s immune system remains strong, the resident pathogens keep a low profile.
Most people are unaware of the 2 kilograms of 400+ different species of micro-organisms teeming within their intestinal tracts. Food and water consumed daily contain these unseen microorganisms, however with the use of modern sprays, chemicals, pesticides and poor soil care the bacteria count within our soils are diminishing. The stomach contains small amounts, if any, of these microorganisms due to a formidable acid barrier that minimizes their survival; however, as food travels through the intestinal tract, the number and varieties of microorganisms increase
The large intestine, which includes the colon, houses the greatest number of micro-organisms and the widest assortment. A complex social structure and a diverse pecking order exist among these microorganisms. It is important to know how to effectively encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria while minimizing the proliferation of the unfriendly ones.
Beneficial bacteria, also referred to as lactic (“good”) bacteria, are single-celled organisms which occur singly, in pairs and in short chains. They can transform sugar into lactic acid. Their capacity to survive through the G.I. tract despite gastric acidity and bile salt toxicity is essential for beneficial bacteria to have any biological effect on the body. When beneficial bacteria turn lactose (sugar) into lactic acid, the lactic acid functions as a digestive antiseptic, aiding the digestive system. When the population of beneficial bacteria in the intestine is increased, vitamin B6 is produced. This function helps boost the immune system. Beneficial bacteria minimize the proliferation of many dangerous pathogens responsible for illness or death by competing with them for homes and food on the intestinal walls.
Good bacteria feed on the natural wholefood nutrients where they originate from. So when they enter our body they replace or add to the existing colonies within our digestive tract, creating an alkaline environment that bad bacteria can not thrive in. The ratio of Good v’s Bad bacteria needs to be at 85% to 15% balance for good health. Good bacteria set up their colonies and begin to clean up any bad effects within our body. If the bad bacteria have their way, they create an acidic environment that can cause chronic inflammation, toxins, sickness, pain and disease.
Think of Innergy as your daily dose of good bacteria going into battle for you and the foundation of your long term health. The lactobacillus strains found in Innergy are the cornerstone to a strong healthy microbiome because in large quantities they provide the right environment for the numerous other good bacteria strains to thrive and do their jobs to keep us healthy.