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Love and Live with Bacteria: They are Essential

Updated on August 13, 2011

Friendly bacteria

Matt met his doctor for his digestive problems. He had extreme bloating, gas, loose stools and abdominal cramps. After many biological tests only an important truth came to light. Three years back he had requested antibiotic treatment for his acne problem and the doctor prescribed tetracycline that suppresses acne flare-ups.

Friendly bacteria

Antibiotics help combat bacteria that accumulate the skin oil which causes acne. But by destroying bacteria that contributed acne, it had also wiped out a number of helpful bacteria, including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These helping bacteria are called “friendly flora” which are actually benign organisms that reside in mouth, digestive tract, respiratory tract and urinary tract. They help the functions of those respective systems.

Antibiotics destroy all bacteria

The antibiotics act like bombshells destroying the enemy bacteria as well as the allies. In fact, helping bacteria are needed in our body as live- saving allies in fighting with bacterial infections. If the antibiotics outweigh and destroy these allies, it becomes quite dangerous to the immunity system. In modern lifestyle, antibiotics are overprescribes even for simple problems, endangering the body health system. Shortage of good bacteria causes overgrowth of harmful bacteria leading to serious complications.

Friendly bacteria you must love and live with

The role of good bacteria is very important in maintaining health. Bacteria such as acidophilus and others are a part of trillions of bacteria that help the human digestive system. It is an interesting fact that altogether these bacteria weigh about 4 pounds in a healthy body. Even before the birth of an infant these benign and harmful bacteria are in its body. Breast milk supplies benign bacteria as long as the child is nursed. These friendly bacteria set up their territories where the harmful bacteria try to attack the body.

Activities of this friendly army

1) Friendly bacteria such as acidophilus and other beneficial ones produce acidic environment to attack the harmful bacteria. They produce substances called bacteriocins, which act as natural antibiotics.

2) They activate the immune system of the body by increasing antibody organisms in the mucous tissues.

3) These friendly bacteria help to produce fatty acids which help the regeneration of colon cells. They help digestion and fight against colon cancer.

4) It is these bacteria that help in the digestive system to break down foods in the colon, especially undigested fiber. It is they that help to digest milk sugar and promote regular bowel movements. They also prevent stomach ulcers.

5) They play a vital role in assimilating and absorbing minerals in the small intestine.

Love to live with these friendly bacteria

Yogurt is said to be a good source of beneficial bacteria. You can support their growth with a type of indigestible carbohydrates called fructooligosaccharides. They may be called probiotics and are contained in bananas, barley, garlic, honey, fruits, onions, soybeans, etc.


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    • paulose profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Stow, OH, USA

      Thank you Cyril, Hope to get more guidance from you.

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      6 years ago

      Such a great way to co-exist with nature. Many people get scared of these things from child hood, and have to realize later on. In fact, one of my closely related ppl, who is about 57 uses too much cleaning products in the house. This is a good reading for her and the many others who need it.


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