By Nadia Arévalo
Wellness Food Consultant

Secret Friends: Gut Friendly Bacteria

diagramStudying each day on the latest in nutrition, I’m convinced our good gut bacteria can make or break our health and well being. Hundreds of new scientific research is showing the numerous benefits of the good bacteria that live in our digestive system. We have trillions of bacteria in our bodies that help keep us healthy everyday. Did you know we have a ratio of 10:1, bacterial to human cells? The benefits of these little critters are amazing. They are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, gastro protective, chemo-protective, and anti-depressive. We nourish our human cells through the unknown and known vitamins and minerals produced in our large intestine through bacterial fermentation. Problem is many of us have taken at least one dose of anti-biotics— and that’s enough to wipe out much of the good and bad bacteria in our digestive tract, leading to an unbalance bacterial ratio, where the bad bacteria out number the good. So let’s rebalance our flora by decreasing junk/processed foods, pesticides in conventional foods, drinking tap water, pollution, and antibacterial soaps. And focus on increasing organic vegetables, fresh raw veggie juices, raw dairy and fermented foods. Examples of fermented foods would be kim chee, saukrauts, tempeh, natto, miso, raw apple cider vinegar, yogurt, kefir and kombucha. Cheers on nourishing ‘them’ and in turn they will  nourish you 

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Nadia holds a BS in Nutritional Sciences and a Certificate in Alternative Nutrition, and Beginning Culinary Arts. For more information, email food.consultant@yahoo.com