The Importance of Microflora

There is increasing medical research and popular interest today regarding the body’s health-promoting bacteria called the microflora.   The microflora drives our immune system and its response – particularly inflammation.  Inflammation serves as a protective role responding to tissue injury or infection.

Since the gut houses over 70% of the microflora, it is the body’s first line of defense against pathogens and toxins.  


How the digestive system functions and the stress it endures are critical drivers of many essential body functions.  When the digestive system and the microflora are altered, inflammation increases, toxins build up, and disease sets in.  The body has the ability to self-heal and reverse this process when it is given the right tools to function.  To learn more about why the microbiome matters and how to become and stay healthy, read my recent article published in the San Francisco Medical Society’s Medical Journal.


If you would like to learn more about how to optimize your health or address other medical concerns, please make an appointment to see me today.  As a family physician, I am motivated to help patients get well, stay well, and be well.

Dr. Payal Bhandari Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. is a leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine in San Francisco.

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