Originally Published on: Jun 27, 2016 – 12:37 by A-G @ soultranslations.com

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What Are They?

  • Live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health (esp. the digestive system)
  • “Good” or “helpful” bacteria.
  • Help keep your gut healthy (help balance your “good” and “bad” bacteria).
  • Naturally found in your body (can also be found in some foods and supplements).
  • When you lose “good” bacteria in your body (ex.: after taking antibiotics), they can help replace them.
  • Help move food through your gut.
  • May help with problems in other parts of your body (ex.: some skin conditions-eczema, urinary and vaginal health, preventing allergies and colds, oral health).
  • Are considered to be safe for most people, though some people with immune system problems or other serious health conditions shouldn’t take them. Always talk to your doctor first!

Types- Most Probiotics Come From Two Groups

  • Lactobacillus (most common): found in fermented foods (ex.: yogurt). Can help with diarrhea and with people who can’t digest lactose.
  • Bifidobacterium: found in some dairy products. May help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other conditions.

Gut Flora

What Is It?

  • Another name for intestinal flora.
  • Symbiotic bacteria that exist naturally in the intestine.
  • Microorganisms that normally inhabit the intestinal tract.
  • Positive health asset.
  • Crucially influences the normal structural and functional development of the mucosal immune system.
  • In genetically susceptible individuals, some components of the flora can become a liability and contribute to the pathogenesis of various intestinal disorders (ex.: inflammatory bowel diseases).
  • Has a collective metabolic activity equal to a virtual organ within an organ.
  • An improved understanding of this hidden organ is needed. It will reveal secrets that are relevant to human health and to several infectious, inflammatory and neoplastic disease processes.


Things To Consider

  • It’s the balance that matters most (85 percent beneficial to 15 percent less beneficial bacteria).
  • Supporting the levels of good microbes helps to keep the other bacteria under control.
  • Breastfeeding a newborn helps form a protective barrier to stop “foreign” materials to go into the bloodstream,  and serves as a breeding ground for beneficial microbes that to grow.

Things That Can Harm The Gut Flora (adverse effect on beneficial bacteria/ support pathogenic bacteria)

  • Fast foods- due to unhealthy fats, sugar, and bioengineered ingredients.
  • Meats from factory farms- may contain residues from the antibiotics and bioengineered grains fed to the animal.
  • Gut flora can also be adversely affected by

– processed foods

– sugary foods

– foods with bioengineered ingredients

– pollution

– antibiotics

– over-the-counter heartburn pills

– pesticides in foods

-chlorinated and fluoridated water

– stress

Challenges of getting your child to eat the right foods

  • It is many times difficult to get them to do it at home… Plus…
  • Influences from friends at school or from eating at friends’ houses
  • Influences from media commercials to eat at fast food restaurants in exchange of toys, etc


  • Important to maintain a healthy gut flora at all times, for their own health.
  • Especially important when planning children, both the mom’s and the dad’s gut flora influences the health of the gut flora the baby will have.
  • Best insurance you can give to your child.

Steps For Both Children And Adults To Ensure A Healthy Gut Flora

  • Introduce fermented vegetables (properly prepared) in daily diet.
  • Consume raw organic grass fed yogurt or kefir (not commercial yogurt or kefir from the grocery store- pasteurized and can contain high amounts of sugar) (make your own with raw organic milk).
  • Take a high-quality probiotic supplement daily.

– help to support the protective barrier

– help to build a healthy microflora

– promote a healthy normal allergic response to allergens

– direct the activity of hundreds of genes

* influence the messages sent to your cells

– Beneficial bacteria can turn genes on or off!

Why Are Probiotics So Important For Children (And Adults Too)?

  • Eighty percent of your child’s immune system resides in his or her gut.
  • A healthy balance of gut microbes can make a huge difference in health (during infant’s early years and throughout life).
  • Influence your child’s metabolism and weight by  balancing the gut microbes.
  • May help reduce potential adverse side effects from childhood vaccinations.
  • Supports brain health during growth and development- there’s a close connection between gut and brain





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