A Special Symbiotic Relationship: Microbes and You
by Cindy Collins, PhD, Rd
Our bodies carry around “good bacteria” or microbes which serve to protect us, and give us a healthy balance. In turn, we provide them with nourishment, and facilitate colonization inside us, as well as on our body surface. When you think of microbes, you should remember that they are on your side. The main purpose of the microbe is to make it easier to digest food, synthesize vitamins and defend us against potential harmful or “bad” bacteria. Our ecological structure is full of these symbiotic relationships which allow us to thrive.
A perfect example in nature of this kind of bond is the clown fish and the anemone. They coexist in harmony constantly protecting the welfare of the other. Think of someone in your life who adds to its quality. How does that person enhance your daily activities? Most people can think of that particular person as indispensable; almost like they restore the calm in your life, especially in moments of despair. Well, ultimately this is how you should feel about your microbes. It is a natural synchronicity, and it should bring tremendous comfort in knowing it is a favorable partnership.
In general, there should be a natural balance of microbes within each of us which primarily came from your mother. As you experience life, more microbes are introduced to your body system. Sometimes, there is a lack of good bacteria in your gut which can cause adverse effects. The good news is that by taking a probiotic you can restore your microbial ecosystem. It is beneficial to have a good assortment of microbes for health, vitality and overall energy.
Consuming yogurt is a good way to increase the microbial life in your gut. It contains millions of live culture which is what you need to get that balance back. Another way to get them is by taking a supplement containing several varieties of good bacteria. It is up to you how you prefer your microbes; both ways reestablish the symbiotic relationship.
Here is a list of good food source options:
Remember to always look for the low-fat, low-sugar version of the products
• Fage Greek (good source of protein)
• Oikos Organic Greek (good source of protein)
• Dannon Light & Fit
• Dannon Activia Light
• Stonyfield Farms Organic
• Lifeway Non-fat Keifer
• Lifeway Lassi
• Horizon Orga
Here is a list of supplement source options:
• Ultimate Flora
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