We have several hundred different types of bacteria, weighing up to 2kg, resident in the human digestion system known as the intestinal tract. Some of these bacteria live permanently in the gut, while others pass through, servicing the system as they go.
The speed at which foods are processed and passed out of the body as stools is pivotal: the quicker this process happens, the less time there is for putrification and undesirable bacterial overgrowth in the intestines.
Healthy food digestion should ideally be complete within 24 hours. If there is an imbalance of bacteria or lack of dietary fibre, this transit time can increase to 72 hours, and beyond.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus are microscopic organisms found naturally in the human digestion system and their function is to help protect us against the constant onslaught of harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and toxins. Also known as 'friendly flora', these beneficial bacteria contribute to the bulk of bowel movements and also assist in extracting various nutrients from the food we eat.
What are `friendly flora 'and why are they so important?
All day, every day, our bodies are a warm and productive 'home' to millions of bacteria (good and bad), and yeast-like fungi. Keeping the balance between the 'friendly' and the 'unfriendly' organisms is what determines a healthy digestive system.
Are you suffering the tell-tales signs of a digestive system in distress?
Bloating, wind, cramps, constipation, flatulence, headaches, water retention and weight-gain are all indicators that the digestive tract is not functioning optimally. Introducing significant amounts of 'friendly flora' will help to ease the symptoms of a stressed system.
Do you drink at least two litres of water daily?
This is the amount recommended by nutritional experts in order to optimise natural bodily functions. Water is essential to the human digestion system and digestive processes, helping to prevent constipation where fibre is present and allowing 'friendly flora' to flourish.
Do you fall ill easily, and recover slowly?
This could be due to a proliferation of bad bacteria in the system. If we do not eat the right types of food and if fluids are not plentiful, harmful bacteria can thrive and the immune system suffers so that our resistance to infection is impaired.
Does your diet include 35grams of dietary fibre daily?
Nutritional experts recommend a daily intake of 35grams of fibre each day. The average diet contains just 20-25 grams. Taking a good bacteria supplement every day will help to increase dietary fibre and promote intestinal well-being with the help of the Lactobacillus Acidophilus.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus – enhances the body's ability to control pathogenic microorganisms; helps support the immune function; and naturally improves bowel function. Acidophilus is found naturally in fermented foods, such as yoghurt and sauerkraut, and is regarded as the most beneficial and versatile of the Lactobacilli family of `friendly 'bacteria.