September 29, 2014
We talk a lot about the gut microbiota, but what exactly is it? Understanding what the microbiota are, and how they play a role in your overall health will offer insight into why it’s so necessary to protect their delicate balance in our digestive systems. Microbiota simply defined are, “the microorganisms of a particular site, habitat, or geological period.” Microorganisms include bacteria, fungi, protozoa and even some algae, but in the case of the human gut, these microorganisms are mostly bacteria.
Role of Microbiota in the Gut
Our microbiota build communities within our digestive system. Scientists are still learning more and more about the role that these micro communities play on our overall health, but we have come a long way in understanding certain aspects. Natren has been a leading player in this research for over 30 years. These micro communities exist all over your body including on your skin, in your upper respiratory tract, and groin and in your intestines. Most of these seem to make a home in our gut, so they are sometimes referred to specifically as the gut flora or gut microbiota. The amount of microbiota that lives within your digestive tract is quite impressive. In the stomach there are around a thousand bacterial cells per gram of contents and that number multiplies further down the digestive tract to tens of millions of cells per gram in the lower intestine – the highest population being in the lower GI tract and colon. It may seem kind of gross that so many microorganisms are living all over our bodies, but some of these colonies are actually beneficial. In fact, it has been shown that mice raised under “germ-free” conditions in labs where microorganisms have been extremely reduced or eliminated, were immune-deficient and highly susceptible to various infections. The presence of gut microbiota is so pervasive that the collective metabolic function of the bacterial organism equals that of a vital organ in the body. These microbiota assist in a variety of functions for the digestive and immune system including:
As you can see, the collective colonies of bacteria that make up your gut microbiota are complex and multi-faceted. That is why it is so important to take care of your internal ecosystem – it affects so many aspects of your daily life, health and wellbeing.
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October 18, 2018
Halloween can be a lot of fun, for kids and adults. First, there are the costumes. Many families make a project out of this and actually make their own. If not, store bought costumes are easy to find and offer a huge range for all interests. This is your chance to be whomever you want.Then there are the parties. Some schools even have Halloween parades, which may just be the cutest thing ever. Adult Halloween parties can also be quite entertaining, especially with themed food and treats. Candy Is Not Dandy And then… there is the candy. Bags and plastic.... [Read More...]
October 15, 2018
From the moment we bring them home, our pets become members of the family. Obviously it is much easier to hug a dog or cat and feel a special bond with them than it is a goldfish, but animals of any kind bring much joy and happiness to our lives. We would do anything for our animal kin. Safe And Secure October is National Animal Safety And Protection Month. Perhaps it is not ironic that it is also Emotional Wellness Month. If our pets are not doing well it can take a huge emotional and mental toll on us, as.... [Read More...]