Overcoming Gastrointestinal Disorders: New Findings On Probiotics – Part II
Now that we know about our amazing natural weapon for optimal gastrointestinal health – bacteriophages, we can learn more about our body’s ‘good bacteria’ in the digestive system and how it works with our immune system.
Our immune system is an amazing machine; a complex network of cells and organs that defend the body from germs, bacteria and illness. It is often heard, “great health begins in the digestive system…” and this is somewhat true – because seventy percent of the body’s immune system is in the digestive tract. Our bodies are constantly on the defense, protecting us from disease, bacteria and viruses – and especially autoimmune diseases – which occur when your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake.
Many people at this point have heard of “intestinal flora”. These aren’t your typical ‘flowers’ of course, and you certainly don’t these in a vase on your desk at the office.
These flora in our intestines are harmless microorganisms – such as yeasts, bacteria and fungi – that grow in our intestinal tract. The good bacteria have an amazing mutually-beneficial relationship with the human body, since they both benefit from one another. Known as ‘probiotics’, they play an imperative role in the immune system.