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MICROBIOTA IMBALANCE

 

The human body is like a hotel that is host to trillions of microbes. There are around 500 various species of microbes, known to science so far, which can be found in the gut. These microbes live in a highly organised micro-world with certain species dominating and controlling others. When this gut flora world becomes imbalanced,. the pathogens that are present, and others that are ingested or inhaled or enter through injury, can take a foothold and increase in numbers rapidly because the barriers of the commensal (friendly) bacteria have been compromised.

 

Antibiotics cause an immediate upset as they kill all bacteria in the guts not just the pathogenic ones. This is why many individuals have digestive issues after taking antibiotics.

 

A high-sugar diet will upset the balance as sugar tends to feed the wrong types of microbes such as yeasts.

 

Food allergies cause inflammation and can lead to a 'leaky gut'.

 

Medications can have a profound effect upon the fragile eco-system in the guts. Steroids and hormonal treatments, sedatives and others will have an effect upon these microbes.

 

Nutrient deficiencies will starve the commensal (friendly) bacteria as they rely upon certain nutrients to survive such as vitamin B12.

 

Stress causes excessive amounts of acid.

 

Lack of fibre can also causes an imbalance as some foods, such as meat protein, can stagnate in the guts.

 

To address the gut flora imbalance there must be a change in the diet.

 

Try taking a teaspoon of psyllium husks daily, drink plenty of water and add some of each of the prebiotic and probiotic foods to your daily diet.

Probiotic foods that contain beneficial bacteria

  • Brine pickles (eggs, fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables that have been fermented by lactic acid bacteria not in vinegar)

  • Kefir (fermented milk drink)

  • Kimchi (a fermented, spicy Korean side dish)

  • Kombucha (fermented black or green Asian tea)

  • Miso (a Japanese fermented seasoning made with soya beans, salt and a type of fungus called koji)

  • Sauerkraut (finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria not in vinegar)

  • Tempeh (fermented soya beans)

  • Yoghurt (plain with live cultures)

 

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Prebiotic foods that feed the existing beneficial bacteria

  • Agave

  • Apples

  • Asparagus

  • Banana

  • Beans

  • Bran

  • Broccoli

  • Burdock root

  • Cabbage

  • Cauliflower

  • Celeriac

  • Chicory root

  • Cocoa (raw)

  • Coconut flesh

  • Dandelion root

  • Elecampane

  • Elephant foot yam

  • Garlic

  • Jerusalem artichoke

  • Jicama root
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lentils
  • Mashua
  • Mugwort
  • Oats
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Rampion
  • Salsify
  • Turnip
  • Swede
  • Sweet potato
  • Whole grains
  • Yacon root
  • Yams

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