Our gastrointestinal system is a complex ecosystem with established balance between host and intestinal microflora, consisting of optional and obligatory anaerobes.
Approximately 95% of the intestinal bacterial population in our body are anaerobic bacteria like Bifidobacterium, Clostridium, Eubacterium, Fusobacterium, Anaerobic Cocci, and Bacteroides. Only about 1-5% of the intestinal population are bacteria like Lactobacillus, Escherichia Coli, Klebsiella, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Bacillus. A healthy adult has about four pounds of bacteria in his gut. Aerobic microorganisms can’t be found in a healthy body, except Pseudomonas in very small amounts. The intestinal microflora has an important role in:
The absorption of disaggregated food takes place throughout the intestinal epithelial lining of the small intestine, and slightly across the lining of the colon, stomach, and mouth cavity. In the intestinal system (endothelial lining of the intestine), there is 80% of all immune cells – called intestinal macrophages, important for so-called primary immune surveillance. Therefore, healthy intestinal microflora is a protective barrier and first “defensive wall” against harmful microorganisms.
Dairy products rich in probiotics and fermented foods competitively inhibit the formation of toxic substances and the growth of unwanted species competing while for space and food. French diet that is based on these foods is definitely the best option when healing your gut naturally. France eats more dairy products (especially cheese) than any other country in the world. The average Frenchman eats about 57 pounds of cheese per year. Obesity problems and cardiovascular diseases are far less that in the U.S. This is called ”the French paradox.”
American Chemical Society research found the evidence for cheese’s health benefits by examining the urine and fecal samples from 15 healthy men. One group ate cheese and milk on a daily basis, while the other group followed dairy-free diet. Urine and fecal samples showed that the group who consumed a lot of dairy products had higher levels of butyrate – a product of gut bacteria responsible for the reduction of cholesterol. Despite its fatty content, cheese and other healthy dairy products can actually benefit you and your gut. Soft fermented cheese like Gouda, cottage cheese, parmesan, some cheddars, Greek yogurt, and kefir are packed with probiotics.
Probiotics provide the necessary environment for a perfect function of the intestinal microflora and the development of so-called “good bacteria.” They are nutritional supplements that contain live bacteria or yeast cultures.
Probiotics help us create the balance (between so-called “good and bad” bacteria) in our gut microflora. This balance is often due to illness, stress, aging, antibiotics or other drugs, exposure to toxins, excessive alcohol consumption, and even with the use of antibacterial soap.
Probiotic species competitively inhibit the formation of toxic substances and the growth of unwanted species competing while for space and food. Previous research suggests that probiotics can’t replace damaged body’s natural flora, but it can help the body performing the same functions as the natural flora as a temporary colony, giving it enough time to recover. Then, probiotic species are rapidly replaced by natural gut flora.
This explains “the French paradox.”