The microbes or friendly bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tract are absolutely central to our health and vitality. In fact, many modern chronic diseases are now being traced back to imbalances in our gut flora.
The microbes in our gastrointestinal tract are not just passively sitting there and blocking bad bacteria. They also have a whole host of useful functions, with more and more discovered each year by new research. It appears that our microbiome quality and diversity is THE primary foundation for our entire health.
This is why it is essential for health to be eating fermented foods and to be taking supplements that can help us to have a healthy and diverse group of friendly bacteria. This is important as these little allies help us to break down certain types of undigested food (such as carbohydrates); they help us absorb vital vitamins, lipids and minerals such as Vitamin K, magnesium, calcium and iron; they can help synthesise certain vitamins such as folate and biotin; they are central to our metabolism and wight; they help regulate our immune systems by the production of antibodies and cytokines; and they can even help modulate our nervous system and memory.