Simply stated add beneficial bacteria every day.
Before you were born, your GI tract was sterile. The moment after your birth, bacteria began to grow in your gut. If you were breast fed the first bacteria to settle in were the immune-building ones from breast milk, increasing your level of health and favoring your survival. About 80% of your immune system lives in your digestive tract.
The microorganisms living in your intestines, constantly and dynamically affect your immune system. About one hundred trillion bacteria live inside you — more than TEN TIMES the number of cells you have in your whole body. The weight of these bacteria is about two to three pounds. 85% of these bacteria are referred to as “good”, but others, referred to as bad, do not provide any benefit and must be kept under control or disease develops.
Helpful bacteria prevent the growth of less desirable bacteria.
That’s why keeping the right balance of bacteria becomes critical in support of your immune system.
This ratio between the “good” bacteria and the other bacteria becomes one of the critical factors determining your optimal health.
Good bacteria go to work keeping your entire digestive system working at its peak while boosting the health of your immune system in the process.
Recent scientific studies show that supplementing with probiotics may help reduce fat. The term probiotics comes from the Greek “for life” (which gives you a clearer picture of what the word “antibiotics” really means). When you ingest, living microorganisms you replenish the micro-flora in your intestinal tract. This promotes a number of health-enhancing functions, including better digestive function.
One way to improve the ratio and ensuring good bacteria content in your body is by introducing billions of micro-flora (good bacteria) into your digestive system through the use of high quality probiotics supplements. You can find these in any health food store or on line as well.
Another excellent way is to consume a fermented food along with every meal. Soured milk has been used by many cultures but only consume this if you use raw milk not pasteurized milk.
Sauerkraut is another excellent source of good bacteria but it cannot be pasteurized, pasteurization kills the bacteria.
You can make a simple pressed cabbage salad yourself. Keep it in the refrigerator after it is fermented and eat small amounts of this with every meal. Un-pasteurized Miso and un-pasteurized soy sauce are other great sources and quick vegetable pickles made with miso, soy sauce, brown rice vinegar can be kept in the refrigerator and eaten with each meal.
You may choose to add a digestive enzyme as well it is convenient and a good option if away from home.