Did you know you need bacteria to be healthy? While harmful bacteria do exist and can cause pain and sickness, there are large quantities of healthy bacteria inside your body. In fact, your body is filled with trillions of bacterial cells, outnumbering your human cells by 10 to 1.
These more than 400 different types of natural bacteria exist to help maintain your health. For example, intestinal bacteria produce enzymes, which allow your body to metabolize vitamins and digest fats and carbohydrates. Healthy bacteria in the gut (gastrointestinal system) also aid in proper hormone regulation and work to keep harmful bacteria at bay.
Want to add a nutritional punch to your diet? Eat more probiotic-packed foods to increase the healthy bacteria in your body. These foods might include authentic sauerkraut, sourdough bread, kefir, kombucha, miso soup, kimchi and yogurt. Remember that yogurt contains sugar so opt for plain. The probiotics in these foods are real bacteria that are healthy and ready to boost your body’s health.
THE CHIROPRACTIC CONNECTION
How can chiropractic care help support your health?
The chiropractic adjustments you receive not only help your spine stay healthy but also maintain the health of your nervous system. When your nervous system is healthy, your immune system is healthy, which defends your body against harmful bacteria. Since 80% of your immune system is in your gut, the overall health of your digestive system is very important.
The central nervous system is responsible for coordinating and controlling every system and organ in the body. Subluxations (or misalignments), pinched nerves and herniated discs in the spine may hinder the communication between your brain and your gut, so we work with you to restore that communication to normal.
Through healthy probiotic foods and regular chiropractic care you could have a stronger immune system, which may just translate to better health and a better life!