When you hear words beneficial bacteria human body, what first comes to your mind? The gut? Yes, you are right. The gut is a popular nowadays. Little friends and occupants of bowels share some fame too.
You would think what it is disgusting? Not for me because I saw plenty of animal guts. Besides it, I experience benefits of the well-behaving microbiome, and I was punished when I spoiled them.
What do I mean? Trader Joe’s Belgian chocolate, croissants and plenty of bread from bakery do not feel cozy in my gut. Why? I do not know why but till now I learned that it is better to enjoy these goodies with moderation, very narrow moderation.
You would think who cares about this bacteria? You would care if you would dig into this fascinating world.
I think about bacteria in the gut as individuals with character and the need to be told how to behave. If we did not control what do we eat and how do we take care of bodies, we would experience rebelling and turmoil from microbiome.
The Food’s Influence
I knew that we are what do we eat. It is true in every area of interaction with food. Researchers found out that gut bacteria can ferment fiber. From fiber metabolites called short-chain-fatty acids (SCFAs) are produced.
What is interesting that insulin-producing cells can sense SCFAs in the gut. It seems that these cells like it. The insulin secretion increases when SCFAs is abundant in the body.
What it has common with the food? Oral probiotics such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and fiber intake nourish SCFAs-producing bacteria. The fermentation increases and it leads to SCFA production.
According to scientists Jack Gilbert, Ph.D. and Rob Knight, Ph.D., the adaptation of diet and the usage of probiotics can make difference in insulin secretion. It means less diabetes, more happy individuals.
The Impact of Beneficial Bacterias For Human Body
Microbes in the gut is responsible for our well-being. It means that beneficial bacteria can
- affect the mental health
- help lose weight
- boost and shape the immune system
- affect growth and development in children
- improve digestion and absorption of food
- reverse allergies
- reduce ear infections
- help with diarrhea
- control child’s weight after changing microbiome
- lower levels of chemical bisphenol A called BPA
- help deal with depression
These benefits are just a part of the bigger picture. Why? Because scientists constantly find something exciting about gut bacteria. They see connections between gut and brain. They see microbiome involvement in celiac disease and diabetes.
It is okay to be exposed to the dirt. It is especially important for babies and children. Microbes provide the body ability to strengthen the immune system and growing inside the gut healthy and beneficial bacteria. The sterile environment is harmful because we do not learn how to protect ourselves from invaders. Thanks to the contact with dirt, the body becomes resistant to the foes and invaders. Children who have contact with dogs, play outside and roll in the meadow or dig the soil, do not become sick.
According to Jack Gilbert and Rob Knight, both are Ph.D., the dirt is good.
Do you have any thoughts? Please leave a comment below. I would be glad to answer.