Maintaining a healthy bacterial flora in your gut is a form of economical health insurance. The overuse of antibiotics and the over-consumption of processed foods have been significant threats to our health. There are more than 500 species of bacteria that take up residence in your colon. It is estimated that these bacteria account for as much as 3 pounds of …your body weight. Many of the diseases we suffer (heart attack, stroke, psoriasis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, allergies, ulcerative colitis, bowel problems) are a direct result of an imbalance of the bacterial flora in the GI tract. Remember, improving the bacterial flora of your GI tract is one of the best forms of improving your health on a daily basis.

7 ways to a healthy functioning gastrointestinal (GI) tract

1. Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Echinacea, raw honey and zinc are natural products that have antibiotic properties.

2. Supplemental GastroIntestinal probiotics.

3. Sulphur rich vegetables (asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, garlic, kale, onions, turnips), seeds and beans decrease the risk of colon problems & promote a healthier GI tract.

4. Oat fiber (rich source of water soluble beta-glucans which enhance immune system function).

5. Garlic clove (1 clove chopped and swallowed 3-4 nights per week with 6-8 ounces of water at bedtime) acts as a natural antibiotic in the colon.

6. Minimize your intake of sulphur based preservatives (sulphur dioxide, sulphites, bisulfites, metabisulphites, sulphates).

7. Fermented yogurt, kefir grains and buttermilk help provide seed bacteria to help establish a proper flora in the lower bowel.