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Inside all of us live several billion bacteria that we cannot live without. Most of them live in the digestive tract. All of the bacteria in the digestive system weigh almost four pounds, and a third of fecal matter that you pass consists of dead bacteria. Good bacteria have several therapeutic roles which help explain why the word "Probiotics" means "for life". Some of the role of friendly bacteria includes manufacturing some of the B-vitamins in our body. Another important role of good bacteria is that they produce antibacterial substances which kill or deactivate hostile disease causing bacteria. ey also improve the efficiency of the digestive tract and reduce high cholesterol levels. ey play an important part of a baby's digestive function and immune system. erapeutically they have been shown to be useful in treatment of acne, psoriasis, eczema, allergies, migraine, gout, arthritic conditions, candidiasis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and some forms of cancer. Lactobacillus acidophilus is the main inhabitant of the small intestine in humans and animals. Some strains produce natural antibiotics. Lactobacillus bylgaricus is also an important strain that produce antibiotics which kill harmful bacteria. Bifidobacterium bifidum in breastfed infants and adolescents make up 99 percent of the entire flora of the bowel. Why would friendly bacteria function poorly? e type of diet you eat is a major influence on bacterial health (a diet rich in complex carbohydrates, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and low in animal fats, sugars and dairy products). Antibiotics, steroids, prednisone, and birth control pills cause great damage to the bowel flora. Probiotics do the body good but you can take a ton of probiotics and they will not work right in your digestive system if you have vertebral subluxations. Get your Chiropractor to check your lower lumbar spine. ese nerves tell your digestive system how to function. A Chiropractic adjustment will improve the function of your digestive system which will allow the probiotics to do their job correctly. Can Bacteria Benefit the Body? Dr. Dan Durrieu Family Health Chiropractic 5015 W. Waters Ave. Tampa, Fl. 33634 PH. 813-882-8181 Abby's Magazine - January/ February 2015 | Page 3

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