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James,What do you think?
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James,What do you think?
02-13-2013 06:43 AM
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(02-13-2013 06:43 AM)JC73 Wrote:

Good article covering a lot of what I have been trying to get across to people for a long time. The gut bacteria are essential to our health for a variety of reasons including production of B vitamins, vitamin K, peroxides, bactercides and of course as the article points out beneficial acids.

There is a lot of hype in the holistic field claiming that acids promote disease and alkalinity prevents disease. Actually it is the other way around for the most part. Most pathogens thrive in an alkaline environment and are suppressed or killed by an acidic environment. Stomach acid for example would kill the Helicobacter pylori if it were not for the fact that the H. pylori bacteria produces highly alkaline ammonia to protect itself from the acidity. And many of the common antiseptic compounds in holistic medicine, such as clove oil and coconut oil actually contain acids that kill the pathogens.

The short chain fatty acids produced by bacterial fermentation of long chain sugars such as fructooligosaccharides (FOS), inulin and cellulose also control or kill pathogens. For example, it is the acids produced by our flora that keep Candida under control by turning off the Candida growth gene and maintaining it in a benign yeast form. When the flora are killed, such as during antibiotic use, the pH of tissues such as the colon and vaginal cavity becomes too alkaline turning on the Candida growth gene. In addition, the alkalinity causes the Candida to convert in to its fungal form where the Candida develops finger-like projections called hyphae that allow the Candida to dig in to and damage tissues.

The article also touches on another point I have tried to make for years. That prebiotics are more important than probiotics. There are literally thousands of different strains of beneficial bacteria. Probiotic supplements only replace a limited number of these strains, usually one to seventeen strains. This leaves thousands of other beneficial strains still not being replaced. The good news is that antibiotics do not kill off all the bacteria. There are always survivors of the various strains that can be stimulated to grow back to proper levels by feeding them with prebiotic fibers (FOS, inulin, cellulose, hemicellulose, vegetable gums, etc.).
02-20-2013 12:52 AM
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