Anti-Biotics vs. Pro-Biotics

“The good bacteria in your intestines can be challenged by the bad bacteria, and the bad bacteria can cause health problems.”

The Good Guys vs. the Bad Guys? Sound familiar? We see this conflict in movies and read it in books; and if you are like me, I always want the good guys to win. Well in case you didn’t know, the same conflict is going on inside your intestines with bacteria. The good bacteria can be challenged by the bad bacteria. And actually, the stakes are higher than most people realize.

The bad bacteria are harmful bacteria that can cause health problems ranging from mild to severe. Bad bacteria compete with the good bacteria for living space and food. These bad guys aren’t fooling around. They generally win if their numbers are large. They may also release toxic substances. This may cause many of the good or healthy bacteria to die off.

Here are some of the factors that cause the growth of bad bacteria: stress causes a change in the pH of the bowel, causing the healthy bacteria to stagnate; low fiber will starve out the healthy bacteria; a sugar-laden diet, feeds the “bad” bacteria; high trans-fats or hydrogenated oils have a negative effect on bile in the gall bladder stimulating an environment for the growth of bad bacteria. We need healthy bile flow to create the proper pH necessary to proliferate good bacteria.

Another factor is antibiotics. Whether we take the pills or if we consume commercially prepared antibiotic tainted chicken, beef or pork, we’re getting the side effects of antibiotics.

Eating too fast can cause the growth of bad bacteria. If we eat too fast we’re not digesting our food properly, and our enzymes are not killing the bacteria that are naturally present in our food.

So if you think about it, most people have one or more of these factors. That’s why digestion problems are one of the most common health problems today. And if the bad bacteria persist, you are at a greater risk for disease.

The more research accumulates, the more we find that intestinal dysfunction is a contributing factor to just about every condition. A huge part of fixing the GI tract is balancing the micro-flora. In other words, we need the “good guys” or healthy bacteria to come to the rescue.

We need a supplement of healthy bacteria called a probiotic. One capsule of a good probiotic contains billions of healthy “good guys” to come to your rescue. Healthy probiotics have been shown to: improve digestive function, modulate the gut immune system up or down, increase the growth of aerobic bacteria, decrease bad or unfriendly bacteria, reduce leaky gut, improve liver function and support a healthy gastro-intestinal mucosal lining. If the good bacteria win, there are many benefits for your overall health. Ask Dr. Godo about probiotics. I recommend a probiotic that is combined with a prebiotic. A prebiotic is valuable to make sure that the healthy bacteria can grow, kind of like putting starter fertilizer on new grass.

Once healthy bacteria are replaced, you can stop supplementation. However, several times a year, it is recommended that you go on a periodic “re-seeding” with the healthy bacteria. The goal is to keep a high ratio of good bacteria in your bowel. Probiotics have been successful in not only the treatment of existing health issues but in prevention as well.

When you go to purchase a probiotic, be advised, many of the over the counter probiotics when tested do NOT meet label claims, and in many cases the healthy bacteria are already dead. Dr. Godo will see to it that your probiotic has billions of active healthy bacteria combined with the prebiotic you need.

Help is on the way, and the “good guys” can win. Contact Dr. Godo’s office for further information and recommendations about probiotics.


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