Industrialized Nutrition Calls for Probiotics Part I
In the last one hundred years, there have been vast changes to our food supply. Small farms have grown into large industries, plants have been genetically modified into Frankenfood, chemicals have been introduced into food to offset its lack of nutrients and grains have been stripped of their nutrients and goodness to form overly processed snacks ingested daily by our children. This industrialization is causing drastic consequences on our health and wellness.
Small farms that housed a few different animals and lived off large pastures became concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). These CAFOs now enclosed animals into small quarters that require the use of tremendous amounts of antibiotics for the prevention of disease. It has been shown that almost 30 million pounds of antibiotics were sold for meat and poultry production while only 7.7 million pounds were sold to treat people in 2011 alone. These antibiotics not only end up in the meat of the animals but also end up in the water supply and the rest of the environment.
Antibiotics are very powerful medications that not only destroy the bad bacteria known to cause disease, but they also destroy the good bacteria which is necessary for proper health. Even small amounts ingested from the foods we eat or milk we drink, can cause severe damage to normal intestinal flora and harbor the growth of dangerous and drug resistant bacteria such as C-difficile.
Our intestinal flora (beneficial bacteria) is very important in stabilizing and protecting the mucous lining of the intestines. A compromised mucous layer can lead to a host of serious problems. Potentially dangerous bacteria can invade the intestinal surface causing serious infections and bleeding; toxins in food can cause damage to the surface intestinal cells and lead to mutations responsible for cancers; gas forming bacteria flourish uncontrollably leading to symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome; allergens in food come into contact the intestinal cells and cause atopic dermatitis, a form of eczema. Maintaining healthy intestinal flora may prevent many of these disorders and disease processes.
As long as we keep eating food supplied by large industries, we will always be bombarded by large amounts of antibiotics. Our intestines will always have the lower hand in the battle of maintaining a proper barrier. It is here that a well studied probiotic such as the Lactobacillus plantarum299v can help. By ingesting a daily serving of this beneficial bacteria, the intestinal lining is protected by a healthy mucous layer. Food allergens have less time to cause allergic responses, toxins tend to be excreted without coming into contact with fragile intestinal cells, and dangerous bacteria are ultimately destroyed secondary to potent byproducts created by the lactobacillus.
The integrity of the mucosal layer should be kept at 100% all the time by supplying it with fresh beneficial bacteria daily. Choosing a potent, dairy free, vegan probiotic should be of the upmost importance when deciding which to ingest. It should also be maintained on a daily basis in order to get the best results and protection.
By Dr. Matt Ferenc
The information from Dr Matt Ferenc is not intended as a substitute for medical professional help or advice but is to be used only as an aid in understanding current medical knowledge.