Probiotics for Optimal Health

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By Rupina Meer • November 1st, 2012 • 10173 Views

Probiotics for Optimal Health

What's Bugging You? 

With cold and flu season around the corner, many of you are obsessively using your hand sanitizers and wet wipes thinking they will keep your family safe and prevent sick days. The truth is that this growing germaphobia movement and our culture’s obsession with sanitizing has destroyed our inner flora of healthy bacteria and set us up to be even more susceptible to attacks from stronger bugs. Probiotics may be just the immune boost your body is looking for. In fact, the importance of your gut flora, and its influence on your overall health cannot be overstated. 

What's Inner Flora?

As Hippocrates said, "All disease begins in the gut." There are five hundred species and three pounds of bacteria in your gut. The bugs in your gut are like a rain forest--a diverse and interdependent system that must be in balance for you to be healthy. Too many of the wrong ones (like parasites, yeast or bad bacteria) or not enough of the good ones (like lactobacillus or bifidobacteria) can lead to serious damage to your health. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by at least 10 to one, and maintaining the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria forms the foundation for good health—physical, mental and emotional.

Let's start at the beginning. Before birth, you were floating in amniotic fluid, protected, sanitized and bacteria kept their distance. Until you slipped down that birth canal, you were pretty much spic-and-span. Then came your birthday, and all of a sudden, you were invaded; from the delivery, from the doctor's hands, from the first meal at your mother's breast, from your older sister who kisses you (or if no one's looking, spits on you), from everyone and everywhere came an army of bacteria that moved in and stayed. The challenge is to identify strategies to optimize that bacterial population, so that you can live in a beneficial, symbiotic relationship where they nourish you, help you fight disease, and optimize your health.

What Are Bacteria Doing For You? Against You?

They look, yes, a little alien. Bacteria also come in all kinds of shapes, strings, spheres, oblongs. But they aren't all bad guys. In fact, without them, we wouldn't survive very long. The microflora help you digest your food, synthesize vitamin K and the important B vitamins to increase your energy, regulate hormones, excrete toxins and produce healing compounds that keep you healthy.

Each of us has...

Rupina Meer

Location:  Orange County, US

Rupina Meer, Board-Certified Holistic Health Coach received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). Health Coaches from Integrative Nutrition’s world-class training program learn from luminaries in the field of health and wellness including Drs....