In the following audio segment, which first appeared on USADailyStandard.com, I discuss where bacteria live in the body and why it is important to feed them correctly.

Mouth: The mouth is inoculated with bacteria from the first feeding onward. Breast milk helps to establish beneficial bacteria. After eating complex carbohydrates bad bacteria flourish in the mouth and cause plaques, tarter, cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. 

Stomach: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) resides in the stomach. Large amounts of stomach acid push H. pylori to the exit of the stomach. This can cause inflammation, ulcers, and rarely gastric cancer. Probiotics can suppress H. pylori. 

Colon: There are 400 types of bacteria in the human colon. They produce nutrients, serotonin used for communication between nerve cells in the brain, and precursors to fabricate neurochemicals noradrenaline and dopamine, and help with immunity and waste elimination.

What Your Gut Bacteria Is Telling You

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