Ahh… so that’s what the appendix is for!

That little thing called appendix plays a big role in our health.

by Rey Beltran | GetHealthAccess.com

It’s been long believed that our appendix has no use at all. That once it ruptures, it can readily be removed with no regrets. But now, here’s something for you to think about.

Researchers have found that our appendix may serve as storage for good bacteria in cases where we suffer diarrhea. These good bacteria coming from the appendix repopulates our intestines. It also aids in making, directing, and training white blood cells.

These friendly, good bacteria play important roles in our body, such as:

  • Digesting and absorbing certain carbohydrates
  • Absorption of certain undigested starches, fiber, and sugars
  • Conversion of carbohydrates into primary sources of important energy and nutrients

The appendix’s bacteria produce vitamins, absorb minerals, and eliminate toxins in the intestines. Also called probiotics, these good bacteria also help in the production of both vitamin K and B vitamins, and aids in mineral absorption, aside from promoting metabolism and toxin breakdown.

So before you decide to have your appendix taken out in an operation that doesn’t concern it at all, think again. Your body needs a storage or a backup system for good bacteria just in case you get dysentery, diarrhea, and other intestinal problems that may need a repopulation of good bacteria in your gut.

Warning signs of a problematic appendix:

  • Have totally no appetite, even for your most favorite foods.
  • Have pain starting around your belly button and moving to your lower right abdominal area.
    Have pain when jumping up and down.
    First, jump up and down gently. If you feel no pain, try to jump higher.
    This will cause your peritoneal cavity to move, and if it is irritated with an inflamed appendix, the movement will cause considerable pain.

If you have all of the above symptoms you should be evaluated at your nearest emergency room.

Remember, the appendix wouldn’t be there if it’s not needed.

(parts of these article came from mercola.com)