Everyone knows someone in their life who considers the fight against germs their number one priority. If you do, you might want to send them today`s guest post by Dixie Somers, who writes a well-researched article on why NEED certain bacteria to be healthy.
While bacteria are responsible for many infections, diseases, and other conditions, there are some that do play a beneficial role with respect to our bodies functioning in a healthy manner. This article from Scientific America explains that our bodies rely on trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms to aid in “basic physiological processes.”
Although you might think that avoiding all bacteria is good for your health, the truth is that your body needs some good bacteria to stay healthy. Take a look at the major ways that bacteria plays a role in our health:
A healthy gut depends upon a nearly perfect balance of both good and bad bacteria. A poor diet, some medications, and high levels of stress often result in minor ailments such as diarrhea, gas, and bloating as well as more serious digestive issues. Lifesaving antibiotics help us to heal from bacterial infections, but they decrease the level of good bacteria. Their negative consequences can be limited by taking a probiotic supplement or by consuming foods containing “live, active” cultures such as yogurt and kefir.
Most of us know the dangers of smoking, excessive alcohol, and a lack of exercise while adequate sleep, a healthy diet, stress management, and other positive lifestyle choices greatly impact our health. The presence of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract has been found to be a contributing factor of a healthy immune system.
According to the Huffington Post, improved digestion as a result of the presence of beneficial bacteria can have a positive impact on overall health including issues that promote a healthier heart such as lower cholesterol levels, a reduction of belly fat, and weight loss.
The health of our mouth can affect the health of our entire bodies. Our mouths are crowded with bacteria that are deemed harmless when provided with proper oral hygiene in the form of regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.
The presence of beneficial bacteria in the mouth prevents a host of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions because an abundance of healthy bacteria contributes to a reduction in the levels of the harmful bacteria responsible for bad breath, inflammation, and other complications. According to Dr. Bryan Murray, a dentist in Medicine Hat, maintaining proper oral care is extremely vital to overall health as well—so you can’t merely rely on good bacteria to do all the work.
While sustaining a healthy level of bacteria in the body does require some effort, you can see that the results are well worth it. Bacteria generally gets a bad reputation, but we must keep in mind that good bacteria is absolutely necessary for a healthy body.
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About the Author
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer from Arizona. You can find her on Google+.
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