Caesarean babies do not have the opportunity of a powerful start with the beneficial microorganisms. If they are also artificially fed, their intestinal microflora is like the one of adults’ which is not good for their health. The intestinal flora even of healthy and breastfed babies is relatively unstable. Small changes in the environment can decrease the amount of beneficial microorganisms and lead up to the overpopulation of unfriendly bacteria which in turn can decrease the resorption of nutrients. Changes in diet, vaccination, common infections, even sharp weather changes cause misbalance. Antibiotics, corticosteroids and other medicaments strongly disturb the microflora which can lead to diarrhea, candidiasis (a type of spinal disease) and others.
Even the natural diet cannot provide the optimal quantities of Bifidobacterium infantis among babies. For the last 30 years, researchers have discovered that Bifidobacterium infantis levels gradually decreases even among healthy sucklings. This bacteria (and not L. acidophylus or other microorganisms) must predominate within the babies’ intestines. One research done by German specialists indicates that for the period between 1957-1977 the amount of bifidobacteria among naturally fed babies has decreased and the pathogenic bacteria have increased. Another worrisome discovery from the same research indicates that a type of E. coli which can become pathogenic turns out to be resistant to strong antibiotics. The reason behind these changes perhaps is the increased environmental pollution (air, water, food) from petrol, radioactive chemicals, antibiotics, pesticides, and other toxins. Bifidobacteria in the intestines also decrease because they are a lot more sensitive compared to other bacteria.
Since 1965 until now over 4,000,000 chemical compounds have been registered officially. Between 1965 and 1978 more than 6,000 new compounds are added to the list weekly. Directly or indirectly these chemicals make their way to our bodies through the air, water and food. In 1981, from 70,000 produced chemicals, 3,000 are intentionally added directly to food and another 700 toward drinking water. Radiation, pesticides, alcohol, both permitted and non-permitted medicaments can also be added to the list of potential pollutants to our organism. The USA alone produce the disturbing amount of 35 million pounds of antibiotics annually (production is spread between both human and animal consumption). Many animals bred for meat receive antibiotics with their food daily for every day of their life. In this way, populations of resistant to drugs pathogenic microbes are produced. In fact, each animal or human taking antibiotics for a longer period of time turn into incubators for such resistant bacteria. This is why often during food poisoning from raw meat, for example, (which can be life threatening) antibiotic treatment does not give good results.
Lately, it is even necessary for the mother’s milk to be guarded from bacteria and viruses. Research of breast milk done in the University of Nebraska discovered the presence of Salmonella, Streptococcus, and Herpes viruses. This led to the unprecedented instruction to have breast milk collected and pasteurized in order to protect babies from infections. It is clear that not even breast milk can be considered a sufficient source of Bifidobacteria infantis for the babies’ intestinal tract.
It is good for B. infantis to be added daily to babies’ diet. The regular intake of larger quantities of this friendly bacteria (from 1 million to 1 billion per day) additionally enhances the organism by helping the digestive system fight the unfriendly, pathogenic bacteria. It is very easy to add these beneficial bacteria to a baby’s diet. They are offered together with AFA algae in capsules. These capsules can be opened and the powder added to fruit juice which can then be given to the baby. Babies can take the bacteria with food, since unlike among adults, these microorganisms are not destroyed by the stomach juice. Older children and adults have to take the bacteria on an empty stomach and in capsules which protect them from the stomach juice so they can get absorbed in the intestines.
Immunity and Intestines
Normally, the intestines of adults contain about 5-6 pounds living bacteria. Their quantity and content is determined by the intake of food and medicaments, lifestyle, environmental conditions, etc. The strength of the immune system to a large extent depends precisely on the condition of the intestines since this is where Peyer’s patches are found – aggregations of lymphoid tissue through which the largest contact with various nutrients is conducted. It is interesting to note that whereas the area of the human skin is about 2m squared, the inside area of the highly congested digestive system is over 250 squared meters. Another reason why it matters exactly what microflora we are in contact with.
Health very much depends on the condition of our intestines. They suffer most commonly as a result of improper lifestyle and toxicity. Damage can vary from common colitis to diverticulitis to malignant growths. The toxic matter formed within the intestines can cause damage to the whole organism as it decomposes.
Keeping in mind the serious worsening of the ecological indications for human life the frequent intake of sufficient amounts of beneficial microorganisms as food supplementation is a matter of common sense and foresight. The results in both the prophylactic and treatment aspect of it are so positive that it is worth the try and in cases of impaired health it is imperative.
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