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Unhealthy Intestinal Bacteria Has Been Related To Heart Disease

You know from previous blog’s that a large amount of your health comes from having a healthy intestinal system. More than was ever thought previously.

The study shows that heart disease risk rises in people who don’t have good healthy bacteria in their intestinal tracts.

According to Science Daily:

“... [D]ifferences in gut flora metabolism of the diet from one person to another appear to have a big effect on whether one develops heart disease.”

http://media.mercola.com/themes/mercola/images/bullet.gif Science Daily April 6, 2011

http://media.mercola.com/themes/mercola/images/bullet.gif Nature April 7, 2011; 472(7341):57-63

Dr. Mercola, who has the world’s largest natural health blog, has concluded that taking

“probiotics as a supplement are probably more important to take than a multivitamin.”

Most people don’t know that the bacteria living in their digestive tracts form a very important "inner ecosystem" that contributes to or takes away from every part of your health.

This is just another in a long line of research that shows your gut affects your overall health.

In the past it has not always been obvious, at least to some people, that healthy intestinal bacteria is even related to having a healthy digestive system. The over prescription of antibiotics, that kill good and bad bacteria, has lead to an epidemic of health problems related to the intestinal system. This along with the increasing sugar and carbohydrate intake of that average person’s diet, bad intestinal inhabitants was the inevitable outcome. This includes yeast infections, parasites as well as less than desirable bacteria.

But finally it is becoming common knowledge that your gut is a very important part of your health.

  • The cells in your intestines are replaces at the amazing rate of 70 billion per day.

  • There are more microorganisms (good and bad) in your intestines than there are in rest of your body combined.

  • Probiotics have already been found to prompt changes in your body that lead to lower blood pressure.

  • Probiotics also influence the activity of hundreds of your genes, helping them to fight disease and improve your health.

  • According to Stanley Hazen, M.D., Ph.D., "Gut flora is a filter for our largest environmental exposure -- what we eat." This is such a profound quote.

  • Your gut accounts for 80 percent of your immune system, (some studies say 90%) If you wonder why you get sick all the time, this is it!!

  • The good bacteria in your intestines produce more of the B vitamins your body uses than the amount of B vitamins you eat.

  • Obviously, it plays a role in the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.

  • A proper gut lining helps in preventing allergies

But other research studies have shown that your gut flora plays a role in:

  • Mood, psychological health, and behavior (Thus the term, “Feel it in your gut”)

    • For more information on this there is a fascinating book called, “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”

  • Celiac disease

  • Diabetes

  • Weight gain and obesity

Ways to Improve Your Good Intestinal Bacteria and Help Your Heart

  • Avoid Antibiotics

  • Avoid Chlorinated water (if chlorine can kill bad bacteria in the water, it can kill good bacteria in your gut)

    • Chlorine also causes thyroid problems

  • Agricultural chemicals (wash your fruits and vegetables before you eat them, even better, buy organic)

  • Avoid processed foods, full of chemicals and dyes

  • Regularly take probiotics

  • Regularly eat fermented foods, that have live good bacteria, including kefir, yogurt, kombucha, milk with probiotics added.

Be sure you take advantage of the information in this blog and for this week you can come in to the office for a FREE Nutrition Evaluation. ($59 value) This will help you determine the health of your intestinal system as well as you entire body.

Call now at 479-443-0800 or click here to schedule your FREE Nutrition Evaluation!

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