For many years, people were under the idea that stomach bacteria are bad for us, but the reality is that our bodies are packed with bacteria, and these bacteria are very important to us. They assist us with the digestion of food and helps us in our well-being. Many researches have shown that the bacteria in our stomach are linked to many NCD’S (non-communicable diseases) like Colon cancer, Depression, Obesity and diabetes.
What really are stomach bacteria?
There are over 300 to 500 different types bacteria which has around 2million genes, and along with them there are tiny organisms like fungi and virus that are collectively known as microbiota/microbiome. Microbiota in each person are unique to every individual, meaning that the cocktail of bacteria, fungi and virus in your stomach are unique to you.
Factors such as your mother’s microbiota, the environment in which you live in and exposed at birth, and your lifestyle and dietary behavior determines the microbiome mix in your body. From all the microbiota in your body, the bacteria in your stomach has the biggest impact on your health. They are all over your entire digestive system and they mostly live in your colon and intestines, and they create a big impact on your metabolism, your mood and even your immune system.
Stomach Bacteria and Diseases
Research has suggested that individuals who are sick may have too much of a certain type of bacteria or have too little or even they might be lacking a wide variety of bacteria. It is identified that some kinds of bacteria even will protect us against illnesses, while some may cause them.
Scientists have begun to make connections between your gut bacteria and NCD’s like type 2 diabetes, Obesity, and even heart disease: excessive amounts of stomach bacteria can make your body turn fiber into fatty acids and it will cause increased fat deposits in your liver, which has a chance of leading into “metabolic syndrome”. This is a condition which often leads to type 2 diabetes, Obesity, heart disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and inflammatory bowels. It is also through that that some bacteria even could make your body fight against your intestines and create an environment for these diseases.
How to get healthy stomach bacteria?
- Eat food high and rich in fiber like fruits, vegetables and whole grain.
- Avoid high fat rich food as it can kill some types of goo stomach bacteria.
- Reduce the consumption of excessive consumption of sugar.
- Reduce the use of antibiotics, it can remove the good bacteria along with the bad ones.
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