Understanding Beneficial Bacteria & the Digestive System

What we eat impacts our digestive systems. Trillions of beneficial bacteria can reside in our digestive system. They will have a significant influence on a range of bodily functions, including immune systems, 80 percent of which are located in the stomach.

Another critical factor in overall health is the ratio between good and bad bacteria. Studies show best conditions are a balance of 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad. An imbalance can put one at risk for a variety of health issues.

Less than optimal conditions in the gut flora can make one vulnerable to health problems linked to bad breath. If the breath has a fish-like smell, it could be indicative of kidney issues. A fruity smell can mean uncontrolled diabetes.

For optimal health and disease prevention, it is imperative we pay attention to how we seed the gut and produce beneficial bacteria.

Before looking further into practical ways to do this, we have to first understand how diet impacts balance of the gut flora.

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