When the microflora is compromised your nutritional absorption is compromised. Specific vitamins are manufactured by our own bodies within our mucosal lining. When the microbiome is compromised, these vitamins are absent. This is directly linked to adrenal fatigue, depression, anxiety and other health issues.
“Up to 50 percent of your daily folate (B9) needs could be coming from the bacteria in your colon. The bacterial flora in the colon also manufacture and supply tryptophan, phenylalanine, tyrosine, riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), and vitamin K2,” says Tom Malterre, MS, CN in his bood The Elimination Diet (p39).
Current Opinion In Biotechnology says, “Food-related lactic acid bacteria (LAB) as well as human gut commensals such as bifidobacteria can de novo synthesize and supply vitamins. This is important since humans lack the biosynthetic capacity for most vitamins and these must thus be provided exogenously.”
In layman’s terms this means the microflora in our mucosal lining of the intestinal tract makes our own B vitamins, in many forms, or is supplied the B vitamins through the food we ingest. If the food we are eating is laden with chemicals and absent in nutrients, abundant in anti-biotics, our mucosal lining can not function properly. Our own mucosal lining makes our own B vitamins. If the mucusal lining isn’t working properly, you’re not working properly.
They go on to say, “Although vitamins are present in a variety of foods, deficiencies still occur, mainly due to malnutrition as a result of insufficient food intake and because of poor eating habits. Fermented milks with high levels of B-group vitamins (such as folate and riboflavin) can be produced by LAB-promoted and possibly bifidobacteria-promoted biosynthesis. Moreover, certain strains of LAB produce the complex vitamin cobalamin (or vitamin B12).”
The European Journal Of Cancer Prevention says, “It is well established that the rumen microbial flora are a rich source of vitamins to the ruminant, and that the faecal bacterial flora are a major vitamin source for coprophagic rodents. There is also good evidence that the gut bacterial flora are a significant source of a range of vitamins to the human. In this paper evidence is presented that gut bacteria are a significant source of a range of vitamins, particularly those of the B group and vitamin K.”
Todar’s Textbook Of Bacteriology says, “Some of the characteristics of a germ-free animals that are thought to be due to lack of exposure to a normal flora are:
1. vitamin deficiencies, especially vitamin K and vitamin B12
2. increased susceptibility to infectious disease
3. poorly developed immune system, especially in the gastrointestinal tract
4. lack of “natural antibody” or natural immunity to bacterial infection”
They go on to say, “In humans, enteric bacteria secrete Vitamin K and Vitamin B12, and lactic acid bacteria produce certain B-vitamins. The normal flora may antagonize other bacteria through the production of substances which inhibit or kill nonindigenous species. The intestinal bacteria produce a variety of substances ranging from relatively nonspecific fatty acids and peroxides to highly specific bacteriocins, which inhibit or kill other bacteria.”
As pathogens grow, malfunction begins.
A person if effected in their own way from these pathogens, specific to their genetic weaknesses.
The pathogen overgrowth is not isolated to the large intestines, it extends from our mouths to the anus. The National Institute Of Dental And Craniofacial Research says, “The word caries derives from the Latin for rotten, and many cultures early on posited a tooth worm as the cause of this rottenness. By the twentieth century, caries came to describe the condition of having holes in the teeth—cavities. This description, although not incorrect, is misleading. In actuality, a cavity is a late manifestation of a bacterial infection.”
The Journal Of Clinical Gastroenterology says, “The scenario starts with stress-induced compromise of the intestinal mucosal barrier and continues with microorganisms or other sensitizing agents crossing the barrier and being intercepted by enteric mast cells.”
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*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.
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