A gut with bad bacteria, or a small amount of bacteria, can create a list of problems. Studies show an unhealthy gut leads to conditions and diseases such as impaired immunity, obesity, diabetes, autism, cancer, depression, and several autoimmune diseases.
A healthy gut with good bacteria promotes health by increasing immunity, regulating metabolism, and improving digestive functions.
What causes gut flora to turn bad or disappear?
· Antibiotics, steroids, and NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs)
· Diet high in grains, sugar, trans fats, and processed foods
· Diet low in fermented foods such as plain yogurt
· Chronic infections and inflammation, which usually means more antibiotics
How can we kick the bad bacteria out of our gut and repopulate it with good bacteria?
· Limit the use of antibiotics.
· Take a daily probiotic.
· Eat fermented foods such as plain yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, and kefir.
· Reduce the amount of grains, sugar, and processed foods in the diet.
· Increase the amount of prebiotic foods (Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, onions, banana) in the diet.
I have chronic sinus infections, and my main symptom, sometimes only symptom, is a toothache. The intense pain covers the right side of my face and down my neck.
Unfortunately, I’m constantly at the doctor’s office for antibiotics. When I’m taking antibiotics, I eat two heaping tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt a day.
I take it like medicine. I do this to ensure my gut doesn’t go a day with a limited supply of healthy bacteria.
If you do not like fermented foods, I recommend eating plain yogurt similar to how you would take medicine.