The bacteria in our gut is much more important in maintaining our overall well-being than we often recognize. Most people do not know that we need those little workers to keep us active, healthy, and alive.
A website called Green Med Info has done over 200 studies about more then 170 diseases that can be either treated or improved with probiotics.
Some of these conditions are:
Irritable bowel syndrome
“The ability of the gut microbiota and oral probiotics to influence systemic inflammation, oxidative stress, glycemic control, tissue lipid content and even mood itself, may have important implications …”
By eating a lot of sugar, we actually feed the pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and yeasts in our guts. Such hospitality may harm our health much more than sugar’s affect on insulin resistance.
On another hand, eating a healthy diet makes the good bacteria in our gut blossom. Then they will do their real magic to keep us healthy. You may also have noticed how many articles are out there nowadays talking about probiotics’ benefits in fighting different diseases like heart diseases, diabetes, obesity, and depression.
An interesting fact to know is that a woman’s gut flora can affect the health of her child as well.
Vaccine damage is quite common especially when your child’s gut flora is compromised right after being born. The newborns’gut flora is probably one of the main reasons why they oftentimes have a bad reaction to vaccines.
A Russian neurologist, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has written a book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, that explains and describes the methods used to regain both your’s and your child’s gut flora at healthy levels.
Luckily imbalanced gut flora is easily screened and the book will give you essential knowledge on how to get it back on the good track. In her book, Dr. Campbell-McBride suggests a screening method that is both easy and cheap.
Probiotics can save your family from a lifetime of suffering!
Many studies have shown that taking a probiotics supplement is more important than a daily multivitamin. Its relevance is equal to the importance of vitamin D for sure.
Your Health Is Defined By Your Inner Ecosystem
You are hosting around 100 trillion bacteria. That is 10 times more than all of your cells in your body altogether. That is even much more than the number of people living on Earth.
Now it makes much more sense. The quantity and number of bacteria in our guts affect our body by either to stopping or encouraging many diseases from developing. Ideal balance for your gut is 85% of the good bacteria and 15% of bad.
It is crucial for your good health to maintain this preferred ratio. Probiotics has at least 30 pharmacological benefits that we know. Some of these are mentioned below:
|Anti-bacterial||Anti-allergenic||Radio- and chemoprotective||Gastroprotective|
|Antidepressive||Antifungal||Cardioprotective||Upregulates glutathione and certain glycoproteins that help regulate immune responses|
|Anti-viral||Antioxidant||Apoptotic||Inhibits tumor necrosis factor (TNF)|
Probiotics are good assistants for food digesting and absorbing nutrients that your body needs. Your body can therefore produce needed vitamins and absorb vitamins. Probiotics also help your body to get rid of the toxins.
On the Green Med Info website you will find a list of over 170 health problems and diseases that probiotics can help with.
Here are some of the factors that may cause imbalance to your gut flora:
Sugar or fructose
Agricultural pesticides and chemicals
Antibiotics (also those that are given to livestock)
Fluoridated and chlorinated water
Sadly, many of those are the ones we can’t avoid often.
Nothing is impossible, though!
Just by removing processed foods from your menu and preferring local grown, whole foods will make a huge beneficial impact for your health. Only, those small changes will reduce the sugar amount you eat drastically. It also helps to reduce amount of agricultural chemicals and antibiotics you eat with your food.
Where can I find these healthy probiotics?
Here are some examples of products that can help your gut regain the good bacteria they lost:
- Lassi (Indian yogurt drink)
- Pickled fermentation of squash, cucumbers, turnips, sauerkraut, eggplant, onions and carrots
- Raw fermented milk (yogurt or kefir)
Try to avoid pasteurized products as much as possible. Pasteurization kills a lot of natural probiotics.
Just be careful and read the labels, because most of the probiotic yogurts in the stores nowadays might not be good choices either. They are pasteurized and often consists of lots of added sugar, dyes, high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners. They will only make your health situation worse.
Traditionally fermented foods are also great source of vitamin K2. That vitamin plays important role in preventing heart diseases and arterial plague. An excellent source of vitamin K2 and probiotics is cheese curd.
Some people may not enjoy, how fermented foods taste. There is no point to force yourself.
In any case, a good idea is to consider a high quality probiotic supplement.
It should fulfill the following criteria:
- Strains of the bacteria are alive. They have to survive your bile and stomach acid and make it to your intestines alive.
- Strains of the bacteria must be health-promoting.
- Probiotic activity must be ensured throughout the whole shelf-life of the product (as well as earlier production and transport beforehand).
There is no probiotic supplement that works perfectly for everyone. Trust your gut feeling and try out, which one is best for your body.
If you are struggling with where to start, then Lactobacillus sporogenes might be the first step. Lots of people have shown good results while taking this supplement to any other probiotic.
What do you think of probiotics? Share your thought in the comment section below.