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20 Reasons to Love Bacteria

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20 Reasons to Love Bacteria

It may come as a surprise to learn that there are any reasons to love bacteria, but after poring through medical journals, I found that there are at least 20 reasons to love probiotic (health-supporting) bacteria.  They include:

1.  Digestion and Nutrition

Certain types of bacteria help ensure that food is adequately broken down and that the nutri­ents are synthesized and absorbed by the body.

2.  Anti-Toxic Effects

Probiotic bacteria help to ensure that toxins are not absorbed into the blood and at the same time, help keep harmful bacteria in check.  This aids gut and immune system health.

3. Allergies

Research by scientists at the Osaka University School of Medicine found that certain probiotics were effective in the treatment of nasal and sinus symptoms linked to allergies.  Published in International Archives of Allergy and Immunology , the specific strains they found to be effective include:  Lactobacilli casei, Lactobacillus paracasei, L. acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium longum.

4. Inflammation

Research conducted at the Yakult Central Institute for Microbiological Research in Tokyo, Japan and published in the journal Gut Microbes found that certain bacteria can reduce the inflammatory response in the body.  Since inflammation has increasingly been linked with many chronic diseases, effective anti-inflammatories like probiotic bacteria may play an important role in the natural treatment of conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and others.

5.  Susceptibility to Colitis

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, Canada, have linked susceptibility to this serious bowel disorder to the types and quantities of flora found in the intestines.  Since supplementation of probiotics can positively influence the bowel flora, taking beneficial bacteria may play a role in the likelihood of developing colitis.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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6:54PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

thanks

4:05PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

many friends within

1:46AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

thanks

7:56AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

very interesting.thanks.

8:07PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Thank you for posting!

1:50AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Those who don't "use" their immune system because they're "too clean" actually have a diminished system. Just like your brain, use it or lose it.

12:11PM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

thanks!

11:31AM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

Very interesting!

1:26PM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

great thanks for this

8:30AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

thanks

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