Microflora Balance, Dysbiosis, and Candida

microflora    As with most things in life, and especially most things in the body, balance is key. Your body strives to stay in balance in all areas and has several ways of doing this.  Your colon needs to maintain a good balance of microflora to stay healthy.

What are microflora?

Microflora is the term used to describe the organisms that live in our intestinal tract.  You need to have lots of “good” bacteria in your large intestine.  These “good” bacteria are responsible for many essential bodily functions.  Unfortunately, most people do not, mainly because of the food they eat.

What is dysbiosis and Candida?

Dysbiosis is the state of unhealthy balance of microflora.  This situation usually results in a condition known as Candida, which is an extremely common challenge in our society, and a major influencing factor in most of our health challenges.

The digestive system needs a healthy microflora balance to:

*Aid in the production of enzymes needed to digest foods

*Increase nutrient absorption

*Synthesize and assimilate crucial vitamins

*Absorb iron, zinc, and calcium

*Improve digestive processes

*Maintain bowel regularity

*Fight off harmful organisms

*Remove the “bad” bacteria

*Detoxify metabolic and digestive waste products.

The immune system needs a healthy microflora balance to:

*Detoxify and protect

*Boost capability of white blood cells

*Manufacture natural antibiotics

*Prevent formation of cancer causing substances

*Actively fight certain types of tumors

*Block virus growth

*Produce antibodies and anticarcinogens

*Break down toxins

*Prevent urinary tract infections

*Prevent inflammatory bowel disease

*Help cold sores and canker sores

*Maintain healthy skin

*Reduce side effects of antibiotics, chemotherapy and radiation

A healthy microflora balance also helps:

*Control excess LDL cholesterol levels

*Balance sex hormones and enhance fertility

*Maintain the pH level of the intestines

*Alleviate anxiety

What is Candida?

Candida is a type of parasitic yeast-like fungus that inhabit the colon, and in females the vagina.  Usually your body maintains a healthy balance of this yeast, but when there are too many that’s when you have a problem.  Anyone can develop Candida.  This is a condition that affects the lower gut, and we all have one of those.

How can Candida develop?

Candida can develop either by harming the “good” bacteria in your system, or by encouraging yeast growth.  A major factor in this battle between “good” and “bad” bacteria is antibiotic use.  Many of us have had them, and they definitely have their benefits, but they have their negative side effects too.  Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria.  The problem is, they don’t know the different between “good” and “bad” bacteria.  They just kill all the bacteria, including the “good” bacteria living in the colon.  Now that the “good” bacteria are gone, the yeast can grow unchallenged.  Yeast can quickly take over.  And when they do, they invade the small intestine and disrupt all the digestive processes.  And that’s not all!  They also have the ability to “burrow” through the intestinal wall and gain access to your bloodstream, and then they can go anywhere.  This is known as systemic Candidiasis.

We’ll talk more about Candida tomorrow.

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