We take it for granted. We ignore it’s needs. We take antibiotics which wreak havoc with it’s flora. What am I taking about? Your colon, and it’s trillions of beneficial bacteria.
Our gastrointestinal tract is home to a thriving community of good, and bad bacteria. We couldn’t manage without them (particularly the good ones). Our intestinal flora perform countless health-enhancing tasks, like:-
- Producing organic acids to maintain the healthy pH in your colon
- Producing enzymes and B vitamins for digestive health and nutrient absorption.
- Creating a barrier to unfriendly organisms and crowding out bad bacteria.
- Protecting us from cancer by:-
- Having the ability to bind and deactivate cancer causing substances in our food (like pyrolysates and N-nitrosamines which result from cooking meat at high temperatures)
- Keeping the population of bad bacteria in check. An overgrowth of bad bacteria has a detrimental effect on hormones, causing an oversupply which causes excess hormones to absorbed into the bloodstream. Problems associated with excess hormones include, fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, prostate enlargement and breast, ovary, uterus and prostate cancer.
To avoid these potentially nasty problems we need to be kind to our colons and supplement our diets with friendly bacteria. These are called prebiotics.