Flora MGRx is recommended to populate the intestinal tract with a variety of beneficial microorganisms that may be removed in colon cleansing or after times of intestinal stress.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that exert many beneficial health effects. Probiotics help to re-establish a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria flora in the intestine. Probiotics provide essential functions in the body whose microorganism populations can be changed by microbial interactions, stress, host secretions and immune responses. Our diet influences our internal bacterial colonization. Too much fat, protein or sugar encourages the growth of the wrong types of bacteria. Alcohol, drugs and chlorine (from tap water) are usually fatal to healthy intestinal bacteria. A great diet strategy seeks to replenish friendly bacterial cultures in our lower tract.
The Role of Flora in Our Digestive Tract
Trillions of friendly probiotic microorganisms called âFloraâ inhabit our body and help us fight off infections and disease. The flora in the digestive system make it possible to digest food and absorb nutrients. In the gastrointestinal tract the Flora manufactures essential vitamins and prevents the colonization of undesirable microbes. Our body provides a protected pH balanced place for the Flora to reside, free from predators and through our diet, feed the Flora with rich nutrients.
In our mother's womb our stomach and gastrointestinal tract is usually void of flora. At birth we travel through our motherâs womb and become exposed to our first friendly flora. Most of the intestinal flora in breast-fed babies consists of the anaerobic bifidobacteria. After a baby's first intake of live food, the colonization of flora accelerates and the intestinal flora changes to include the more aerobic tolerating lactobacilli.
Over time we accumulate many types of microorganisms, but the dominant bacteria bifido and lactobacilli become our resident probiotic Flora. It is this flora that we depend on to regulate our transit time and stool formation for the rest of our lives.
Our bodies contain both friendly (Flora) and unfriendly (the bad guys) bacteria. The resident Flora should be the dominant microbe present in the digestive system. Our diet influences the composition and dominance of our internal bacterial colonization. Too much fat, protein, or sugar encourages the growth of the wrong types of bacteria. Other factors that influence the flora make up of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract include; age, body pH, cultural conditions, and the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics from our foods and medicines greatly change the composition of the gastrointestinal flora. Alcohol, drugs, and chlorine (from tap water) are usually fatal to healthy intestinal bacteria.
The mouth and esophagus are part of the digestive system; the bacteria present are usually those that have been swallowed with the food. These bacteria do not normally survive the journey through the highly acidic stomach. One acid surviving bad bacterium in the stomach is Helicobacter pylori. This bacterium is known to be a cause of stomach ulcers with links to the development of stomach and intestinal cancers.
Some of our flora take up long-term residence and do many important things for the body. Some of our friendly flora we ingest live only a few days in our system and do short-term, important work.
Our internal microorganisms are continuously changing, each strain fighting for survival and dominance. Our health is dependent on the friendly flora winning the battle. The life cycle of our resident Flora is believed to be 4-6 hours, which means every day we have that many opportunities to reestablish our dominate probiotic.
The life cycle of the fast growing transit bacteria is considerably shorter. Probiotic transit bacteria do not easily cling to the resident receptor site for long term residence. Transit bacteria is the ideal flora because it can fight the bad bacteria for position, giving the slower growing resident Flora a chance to reestablishes its dominance.
Most of the flora in the digestive system coats the walls of the small intestine. The pH of the intestine varies along its length where the lactobacilli is dominant. The lower regions of the small intestine contain more bacteria with a greater variety then the preceding parts.
The anaerobic (do not grow in the presence of oxygen) flora in the large intestine is more dense, but fewer in count. The massive quantity of Bifidobacterium bifidum along with our colons water recycling function, determines the quality, size, color and smell of our stools leaving the anus.
The quantity, variety, and strength of microbial flora in the gastrointestinal tract is very important to our health. Bottom line, the gut feeling among experts is that consumption of probiotics has health benefits for us all.