In a healthy colon there are on average anywhere from 100 billion to 1,000 billion beneficial bacteria per milliliter or 1/5 of a teaspoon. In a typical American colon, the beneficial bacteria count may be as low as 4 or 5 per milliliter! How can the body remain healthy? Read the full article
It doesn’t. Many researchers believe that declining levels of friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract can mark the onset of chronic degenerative disease. Antibiotics are the number one culprit, but other therapies contribute to the loss, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, chemotherapy agents, and hormone replacement agents. Chlorine in drinking water also destroys colonies of beneficial bacteria, as well as some herbal medicines, such as goldenseal, if taken in a large quantity.
Awareness of microflora’s or probiotics importance has blossomed over the last decade. Over 10,000 scientific articles have been published on probiotics since this century began.
Healthy gut flora is essential for the normal development and working of the immune system. It’s a powerful fact that gut flora makes up 70-90 percent of our immune system and modulates immune function throughout life.
About the writer – Marie Cargill, LicAc, is a Boston-based homeopath, licensed herbalist and holistic health expert for people and pets with over thirty years of experience.
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