What roles does ‘bad bacteria’ play in the gut?
When gut problems exist they’re usually caused by toxins produced by ‘bad bacteria’ and yeast in the gut.
Bad bacteria love sugary, carbohydrate-rich foods and thrive on it, creating an imbalanced environment in your gut. Your gut needs a perfect balance of the right kind of bacteria in order to digest and assimilate food and to effectively excrete toxins quickly. If this delicate balance is upset then you get all kinds of digestive problems. Food remains undigested, waste and toxins gather – bad bacteria thrive in this environment.
Constipation is usually a common sign of bad bacteria winning the gut war. The bad smells produced by wind and flatulence can give you some idea of just what might be happening inside your gut.
If left untreated toxins can be absorbed, causing significant disruption of bodily functions. This is a slow process because you may have the gut toxicity for quite a number of years before the chronic health diseases develop, most commonly in middle age.
Toxins can also arrive in the gut because of your diet. This may be because of the overall quality of the diet, over or under eating in either meat eaters or vegetarians. Toxins also accumulate with excessive consumption of snack foods, deep fried foods, food allergies or intolerances, Leaky Gut Syndrome, abnormal microbial ecology, stress, or prescription and non-prescription drugs.