Posts Tagged Probiotics
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
By: Eric Hunter
[NaturalNews] When most people think about consuming beneficial bacteria, probiotic supplements and dairy products with added bacteria usually come to mind. These products provide some of the microorganisms needed for good health.
Hunter-gatherers and people living in non-westernized settings have usually been very healthy, and they don’t have access to a jar of probiotic pills in the morning. Food, water, dirt/soil, human contact and other environmental factors provide these people with an abundance of probiotics. Today we have lost a lot of these benefits because everything around us is cleaned, processed and sterilized.
Trying to recreate “primitive” settings with organic and raw produce, fermentation, quality drinking water etc. will be the best bet in ensuring healthy gut flora. Probiotic supplements can also provide additional health benefits, but the quality differences are huge.
Unlike many other supplements, the health benefits of probiotics are well studied, and they are safe even in very high doses. Some supplements contain a combination of pro and prebiotics, but prebiotics can also be included on their own from foods or supplements.
Probiotic supplements account for billions in sales each year, and global sales are predicted to grow substantially over the coming years. Manufacturers and sellers are drawn to the market, but not everyone delivers quality products.
Besides avoiding supplements containing GMO’s, artificial ingredients, etc., there are several aspects consumers have to consider before buying a probiotic supplement.
A well-know and trusted brand
Choose a probiotic supplement from a trustworthy manufacturer which provides research and thorough information about the product.
Billions of live bacteria at the time of expiration
15 billion and upwards of live probiotics in each capsule is a good recommendation. Look for a supplement that displays potency at time of expiration. A lot of the ingested microorganisms won’t survive through the gastrointestinal tract, and more bacteria usually means better survival rates.
Several different bacterial strains
Different strains of bacteria have different survival rates and health benefits. Choosing a supplement with strains from different groups of probiotic bacteria will be the best bet in ensuring optimal results.
The health benefits of certain microorganisms have been well documented through research and clinical trials. Each manufacturer should be able to provide proof that their probiotic supplement contain well-researched and health promoting strains of bacteria.
Acid and bile resistant
The stomach acid and bile will kill a lot of microorganisms. Selecting a probiotic supplement with acid and bile resistant strains will ensure optimal survival.
Some probiotic supplements have enteric coating or other delivery systems that are supposed to ensure survival. Using these types of delivery systems raises some concerns:
– Their effectiveness varies and few manufacturers provide proof that their coating ensures survival
– If these microorganisms aren’t supposed to survive through the GI tract, is it wise to artificially ensure their survival?
– Some enteric coatings use synthetic ingredients
– Beneficial microorganisms from natural sources don’t have any enteric coating.
Sources for this article include
Pharmacol Res. 2011 May;63(5):366-76. Epub 2011 Feb 22. Probiotics and health: an evidence-based review.
Aureli P, Capurso L, Castellazzi AM, et al.
Price, Dr Weston, A., Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. 6th edition, 14th printing. La Mesa, CA, USA. Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, 2000.
by: Kelsey Coy
July 28, 2012
In my acupuncture practice, I encounter a huge variety of digestive disorders. This isn’t terribly surprising to me, though, given that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) currently affects 20% of the adult population and is among the disorders most frequently diagnosed by doctors. IBS symptoms vary tremendously from person to person, and the disorder’s etiology is not well-understood. While effective pharmaceutical management of IBS has been unsurprisingly lacking, there are a number of more natural methods to regulate the digestive system and help treat common digestive problems.
Treating Common Digestive Problems and Disorders Naturally
Peruse those listed below, based on the symptoms relevant to your digestive issues.
Try reducing (or eliminating) consumption of:
Coffee, including decaffeinated
Ice Cold Beverages
Artificial Sweeteners, including Splenda
Try increasing consumption of:
For intestinal disorder of any sort:
Probiotics – Probiotics improve the health of the entire digestive tract by promoting the flourishing of the ‘good’ bacteria that populate the intestines. It is especially important to experience all of the benefits of probiotics due to the widespread use of antibiotics, which effectively kill the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut – causing numerous health issues. Look for a ‘soil based’ probiotic to ensure the organisms will survive in stomach acid and pass into the gut.
Psyllium or Acacia Fiber – Great for helping to treat common digestive problems, insoluble fiber helps build bulk in the intestine and therefore serves as a sort of natural ‘vacuum.’ Increase consumption gradually and drink plenty of water to allow your body to adjust and avoid bloating. Work up to taking a tablespoon full nightly before bed to soothe and regulate intestines.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
By: S. D. Wells
[NaturalNews] Probiotics are Nature’s truest form of antibiotics. These microscopic organisms (microflora) help the body build long-lasting immunity to a host of illnesses and diseases, including allergies, irritable bowels, viruses, bacterial infections, and yes, cancer! No vaccination or prescription medicine in the world could ever come close to this safe and beneficial way of balancing the body’s billions of microbes. Probiotics not only help create this balance but also help maintain it for years and years, hence the name probiotic, which means “for life.” (http://www.usprobiotics.org/basics.asp)
This all natural way of supplementing your defense system is vital in today’s frightening, non-nutritional jungle of toxic food and medicine. Many people, especially in the United States, are surrounded by bad influences, and though the number of organic enthusiasts is on the rise, there exists a wealth of information regarding immunity and natural defense against chemicals and toxic food “agents” which slips past the guards and invades our system, attempting to inflict damage on our DNA. (http://www.bioinventia.com/probiotec.html)
Probiotic cultures prevent damage before it occurs
Probiotic cultures not only prevent damage from being done to our cells, they strengthen our immune system and beat down cancer cells before they ever have a chance of multiplying. Probiotics weaken mutagenic activity, so your good cells keep winning the battles, and most importantly, the DNA war.
The majority of microbes in the intestine are not harmful, but rather play an important role in normal growth and development, but when the balance or pH is thrown out of whack, especially in the intestines, major problems begin doing “structural” damage to our system, and reinforcement is often needed, above and beyond a healthy diet. Also, probiotics can be used to counter the over-consumption of antibiotics so typical in the average American diet, which is often chock full of non-organic meats and dairy products that come from animals shot up with varying forms of antibiotics. Antibiotics are also prominent in municipal drinking water, because it’s “too expensive” for cities to filter them out.
It has been estimated that there are more bacterial cells (microbes) in the human body than there are cells. If you know high school math, there are bacterial cells numbering around 10 to the 14th power, or 100,000,000,000,000. Break that down into an estimated 1,000 different species, which make their homes in humans. Like all animals, humans have microbes on our skin, in our mouths, in our stomachs, our digestive tracts, and in other private places. But wait, before you go internet hunting for pictures of bacteria located in the intestines or the colon, watch out because you’re computer may need updated “virus” protection too!
Eliminate ignorant fear and learn about your inner ecosystem
Just as Earth and Mother Nature have a delicate balance which needs to be maintained, our bodies have their own “inner ecosystem,” which is like having a rainforest in your digestive track. When your ecosystem is balanced, your intestines are teeming with beneficial bacteria and micro flora to keep your immune system strong.
Consuming probiotics native to the human digestive tract encourages the production of antibodies, which in turn protects the system from allergies, infections (viral, fungal and bacterial), IBS, and cancer. In fact, probiotics build defense against disease by enabling your body to build a natural defense, unlike vaccinations. Vaccines are now often crossbred viruses, bacterial strands, mixed up with aluminum and formaldehyde, which shock the system into a panic type of reaction, which is a form of “wild guess” methodology for establishing only short term immunity at best.
Populating your “gut” with beneficial micro flora improves your skin, helps maintain healthy weight, and provides energy and overall well-being. Many people who have never heard of probiotics or don’t understand their function may be “turned off” to the concept if educated improperly at first. (http://www.renewlife.com)
Benefits of a healthy gut
The second someone reads a typical probiotic label or description reading something like, “Over 6 billion bacteria in each tablet,” it seems overwhelming, and some consumers might set the product back on the shelf, but at that point, they’re selling themselves short of a healthy gut.
Probiotics benefits: here’s where a little education goes a long way:
• protects babies and children from future allergies.
• aids in digestion.
• fights off viral, fungal and bacterial infections.
• helps saliva enzymes in the mouth, throat, and esophagus break down food before it ever reaches the stomach and intestines.
• balances chime (gastric juices in stomach) which complete the breakdown of proteins, fats and carbohydrates before food leaves the stomach!
• helps body absorb nutrients (opposite action of soda) in first 4 to 6 hours, before gastrointestinal acids reach them.
• helps expel food within 24 hours, before it starts becoming a toxin in your system, affecting your immunity.
• aids with lactose intolerance, helping intestinal microbes produce vitamins (very important for people with IBS and Crohn’s disease).
• builds resistance to pathogenic bacteria.
• acts on pre-carcinogenic and mutagenic compounds that induce genetic mutation.
Smart shoppers look for enteric coated probiotics, which have a special coating so they are protected as they pass through the stomach and reach the intestines, where most of the microbial balancing is needed. Other conditions that may improve quickly from probiotic supplementation include: diarrhea, elevated blood cholesterol, hypertension, kidney stones, necrotizing enterocolitis, oral health, and vaginosis.
If all of these descriptions boggle the non-medical mind or aren’t easily “digestible,” just remember that probiotics equip your entire body with DNA armor against toxins that try to attack your cells. In fact, artificial sweeteners are one of the greatest cancer causing food agents because they trick the body into ingesting them because they taste sweet. Beware of the big three: Aspartame, Sucralose and Sorbitol, especially!
Disease is no joke. Your body needs armor to fight the good fight. Supplement with Nature’s best kept secret and never let the “Trojan horses” of the food, drink, and medicine world sneak into your temple (body) and attack your Royal forces.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
By: PF Louis
[NaturalNews] Recent studies demonstrating higher immunity and protection against asthma may threaten the lucrative vaccination duties of pediatrics and the vaccine production of Big Pharma.
Two studies concluded that infants in homes with furry dogs or cats had better protection from viral infections that normally lead to bronchial problems, including asthma, which has been increasing on the young over the past few decades of increased childhood vaccination schedules.
The studies concluded that non-vaccinated children’s immune systems were stronger among those whose homes were occupied by at least one furry animal than those who were vaccinated in homes without animals.
These studies expand the notion that immunity is developed naturally by being exposed to some microbes in the environment rather than bypassing the immune system with toxic vaccinations that overburden the immune system.
This notion has already been demonstrated statistically with increased autoimmune diseases, infectious disease from the vaccinations themselves, and deaths since the dramatically increased vaccination schedule for young children. (http://www.naturalnews.com/031469_vaccine_brain_seizures.html)
These recent studies may be kept from public awareness to give Big Pharma a chance to propagandize owning pets as unhealthy until children are fully grown.
The California study
Apparently, this study was funded in part to gather information for more vaccines. So adding more vaccinations and banning pets is not merely an expression of cynicism.
This study was conducted by a group of California biologists after they discovered the microbiome in homes with pets was different than the that of homes without pets. According to the National Library of Medicine, microbiomes are: “The full collection of microbes (bacteria, fungi, virus, etc.) that naturally exist within an organism as identified by their genomes…”
This definition includes probiotic gut bacteria, which accounts for well over half of our immune systems, 60 to 80 percent according to most expert estimates.
July 18, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
By: Dr. David Jockers
(NaturalNews) Our ancestors’ utilized probiotic enriched foods on a regular basis. This was necessary as a means of food preservation without the advent of refrigeration. Many ancient medicine men and physicians began utilizing them to treat certain ailments. Probiotic enriched foods are one of the most important attributes of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
In the early 20th century, Nobel Prize winning scientist Ilya Ilyich Mechinikov attributed the remarkable health of a group of Bulgarian people to their daily consumption of probiotic enriched foods. He named the unique bacterial species that made up much of their fermented products Lactobacillus bulgaricus. He theorized that probiotic bacteria could have a much greater impact on human health than the much feared pathogenic strains of bacteria.
Every culture around the world had their own unique fermented foods. The Europeans used cabbage, beets and cucumbers to make foods like sauerkraut, kvass and pickles. The Koreans made a spiced, fermented cabbage they called kimchi. The Asians fermented soy to form products such as tempeh, miso and natto. They also created a fermented drink called Kombucha. Many different cultures also made their own fermented sourdough style breads.
Traditional fermented foods
Sauerkraut is made by fermenting cabbage often times in vinegar. Raw cabbage naturally has probiotics and enzymes that are exponentially multiplied during the fermentation period. Fresh (not canned) sauerkraut is a fantastic source of living enzymes and active lactobacillus and pediococcus strains of probiotics.
Kimchi is most commonly made with Chinese cabbages. There are many other variations of kimchi using cucumbers, eggplants, leeks, radishes, & other seasonal veggies. Often times these are prepared with a combination of fermented veggies that give it unique antioxidants, live enzymes and the special organism lactobacillus kimchi among others.
Fermented soy comes in three major forms: miso, tempeh and natto. Miso and tempeh often incorporate brown rice and barley fermentation with two unique probiotic yeast species. These yeasts enhance the bioavailability of the amino acids and produce high amounts of B vitamins. The bacillus subtilis bacterium is used to produce natto which is rich in proteolytic enzymes and vitamin K2.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
by: PF Louis
[NaturalNews] Probiotic intake for overall good health has been underestimated by even the alternative health community. The fact is that gut bacteria greatly affects both overall physical and mental health.
There are 400 to 500 species of bacteria residing in your gut or gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which if opened up and laid out flat would cover a tennis court. If placed on a scale, your GI tract bacteria would weigh in at three pounds.
Probiotic bacteria have many more functions than digestion. They trigger immune system reactions throughout the body, including activating T-cells.
Good bacteria need to comprise 85 percent of the intestinal flora while allowing the remaining 15 percent to be pathogenic. Two-thirds or more of the immune system relies on this. (Source 1 below)
You can supplement probiotics with the best supplement online or from a health food store. This is critical if you’ve gone a round or two with antibiotics for whatever reason. But you have to know what to look for and how to avoid being deceived. (Source 2 below)
Another method of taking in probiotics is through fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, or any other fermented food you can purchase or make yourself. Milk kefir and water kefir are excellent sources of probiotics that can be consumed daily.
Making your own milk or water kefir is not difficult once you get the “starter grains,” which can be ordered online or procured from someone in a local Weston A Price Foundation chapter.
A list of YouTube video demos for milk kefirs is in source 3 below, while you can watch water kefir videos from source 4 below.
Ten reasons to consume probiotics
(1) Enhance immunity – a double-blind clinical test involving patients in intensive care proved that viable (alive) probiotics prevented multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS), the number one cause of mortality among intensive care patients. (Source 5 below)
If probiotics can do this, what can they do to prevent chronic flues and colds and allergies?
(2) The immune protection of mother’s milk is enhanced if the mother takes probiotics during or before pregnancy. If breast feeding is impossible, then adding probiotics and prebiotics (what probiotic bacteria feed on) to a baby formula free from fluoridated water and sweeteners can be tried.
(3) Probiotics can reverse ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and other gut inflammations that occur from a lack of sufficient probiotics.
(4) Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (GS) symptoms are handled by adding probiotics.
(5) Processed foods and low fiber diets allow the pathogenic bacteria to overwhelm the good guys and diminish colon function. It’s important to add probiotics even if you drop the standard American diet (SAD).
(6) When pathogenic bacteria upset the 85/15 balance of probiotic to bad bacteria, yeast infections such as Candida flourish.
(7) A healthy gut flora balance helps prevent cancer by nourishing enzymes that inhibit tumor production throughout the body.
(8) Sufficient probiotic intestinal flora prevents radiation damage from X-rays and CT scans to the large and small intestines.
(9) GMOs are used in many processed foods and antibiotics are in lots of our non-organic meat and dairy products. They both destroy probiotic bacteria, making it necessary to add probiotic materials back if you’ve had any of those foods.
(10) Dr. Natasha Campbell-Mcbride discovered how to cure her son of autism through a diet that restored his probiotic levels and heal his inflammatory conditions. She developed GAPS, gut and psychology syndrome, confirming the connection with gut health and mental health. (Source 6 below)
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