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Gut flora

Gut flora are essential to good health and without them we become sick. Proper balanced flora regulates the immune system.

1. Widipedia "Gut flora consists of microorganisms that live in the digestive tracts of animals and is the largest reservoir of human flora. In this context, gut is synonymous with intestinal, and flora with microbiota and microflora, the word microbiome is also in use. The human body, consisting of about 10 trillion cells, carries about ten times as many microorganisms in the intestines.[1][2][3][4] The metabolic activities performed by these bacteria resemble those of an organ, leading some to liken gut bacteria to a "forgotten" organ.[5] It is estimated that these gut flora have around 100 times as many genes in aggregate as there are in the human genome.[6] Bacteria make up most of the flora in the colon[7] and up to 60% of the dry mass of feces.[2] Somewhere between 300[2] and 1000 different species live in the gut,[3] with most estimates at about 500.[4][5][8] However, it is probable that 99% of the bacteria come from about 30 or 40 species.[9] Fungi and protozoa also make up a part of the gut flora, but little is known about their activities.

Preventing allergy: Bacteria are also implicated in preventing allergies,[1] an overreaction of the immune system to non-harmful antigens. Studies on the gut flora of infants and young children have shown that those who have or later develop allergies have different compositions of gut flora from those without allergies, with higher chances of having the harmful species C. difficile and S. aureus and lower prevalence of Bacteroides and Bifidobacteria.[1] One explanation is that since helpful gut flora stimulate the immune system and "train" it to respond properly to antigens, a lack of these bacteria in early life leads to an inadequately trained immune system that overreacts to antigens.[1] On the other hand, the differences in flora could be a result, not a cause, of the allergies.[1]" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gut_flora

a. Wikipedia "Bacteroides is a genus of Gram-negative, bacillus bacteria. Bacteroides species are non-endospore-forming, anaerobes, and may be either motile or non-motile, depending on the species.[1] The DNA base composition is 40-48% GC. Unusual in bacterial organisms, Bacteroides membranes contain sphingolipids. They also contain meso-diaminopimelic acid in their peptidoglycan layer...Bacteroides species also benefit their host by excluding potential pathogens from colonizing the gut." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteroides

b. Wikipedia "Bfidobacterium is a genus of Gram-positive, non-motile, often branched anaerobic bacteria. They are ubiquitous, endosymbiotic inhabitants of the gastrointestinal tract, vagina[1][2] and mouth (B. dentium) of mammals and other animals. Bifidobacteria are one of the major genera of bacteria that make up the colon flora in mammals. Some bifidobacteria are used as probiotics.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bifidobacterium

 

 

 

 
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