Although we’ve been trained to believe that all bacteria is bad, that isn’t necessarily true. We all know that certain types of bacteria can be killed by being sanitary. This means its a good idea to wash hands after certain activities including petting animals, digging in dirt or changing a diaper, to name just a few. However, there are millions of “good” bacteria within our bodies that help regulate our systems. For example, bacteria within our digestive tracts is needed in order to keep the digestive process going.
Recent studies have found that some bacteria can even help fight obesity by contributing to healthier weight loss, particularly in people who are very overweight. Regulating the gut flora in our intestines could be yet another tool in the arsenal for fighting the fat battle. And more importantly, it is an all natural way to use the body’s own tools to improve our health.
The foods we eat are fuel for our bodies – and the less artificially processed they are, the better. Eating both cooked vegetables and raw ones are good for your system because they contain natural probiotics. Another great example is yogurt that contains live cultures. Items such as potatoes and beans are also great sources of probiotics, which are essential to a healthy gut. Too much sugar can also damage the body and lead to weight gain, so it is a good idea to avoid sugar unless you’re getting your sweet tooth craving satisfied by a healthy snack, such as an apple or strawberries.
There are a number of factors that can change the flora within our digestive tract, causing damage and irregularities. Some of those factors include certain types of antibiotics. Don’t run to the doctor at the first sign of a cold, just let the illness run its course. The act of always turning to antibiotics to cure our ails actually leads resistance, which can lead to more serious illness later. Keep in mind that your body has its own natural defenses that are geared specifically toward keeping it healthy and happy.