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Friday, July 5, 2013

Operation: Outcrowd

Our digestive system is lined with several varieties of bacteria. Some of the bacteria is quite beneficial, while other strains can be harmful, potentially causing food-borne illness. In fact, many people walk around with the potentially harmful bacteria in them, but they don't have any symptoms. They may feel perfectly well. How can this be so?

It's all in the numbers, my friend. If several different, beneficial bacteria significantly out crowd the harmful ones, the chances of getting sick are diminished. In this situation, if you consume just a small amount of harmful bacteria on your food then you have more protection. 

If you don't have enough good bacteria to out crowd the less desirable strains, you are at greater risk of becoming ill. If you eat a piece of food loaded with harmful bacteria, then it will be more difficult for your healthy flora to out crowd it.

Several scientific, peer-reviewed abstracts on PubMed describe how healthy probiotic bacteria can actually disarm the infective mechanisms of certain types of food-borne bacteria. Not only does out crowding help, but the beneficial bacteria can actually go after the more harmful ones.

So summer vacationers, consider consuming a good dose of healthy probiotics before, during and after your travels. Keep the probiotics on hand for the camping trips, picnics and other outdoor food activities, too. If you have a weakened immune system, consult with your doctor before taking probiotics.

Probiotics can be taking in powder, liquid, and capsule form; however, don't forget they are also found in fermented and cultured foods such as yogurt, kefir, and non-pasteurized sauerkraut.

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