June 06, 2016
In case you didn't know, probiotics are bacteria that reside in our intestinal tract; other types of probiotics are yeast. We obtain probiotics by eating certain foods and supplements, and there are many different types of probiotics with each one behaving differently in our gut.
We've been ingesting probiotics for thousands of years, even though the term probiotic itself is fairly new.
Probiotics come from any food that is cultured or fermented, including:
...and even beer and wine...
Besides, we shouldn't have to rely on
supplements to guarantee proper nutrition, as a diverse, healthy
diet should be adequate for the essential vitamins and minerals we
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One that is more common to many cultures
around the world is kombucha (fermented sparkling tea) and of course
the most popular, and potentially the oldest fermented item is wine,
which dates back to at least 8000 years ago.
Fermenting our own foods is a practice that has almost been completely lost in Western culture.
Most westerners don't even eat fermented
foods and wouldn't even consider making their own. Now, it is time
to reintroduce the fermented foods, and continue to take back our
Some of these include:
A diet rich in fermented foods can also be extremely beneficial in keeping parasites at bay.
Without prebiotics, the probiotics we
are ingesting would eventually die off and cause an imbalance of
good and bad bacteria in our guts. Probiotic bacteria actually feed
Our bodies actually do not digest fiber, but the bacteria in our gut, including the aforementioned probiotics, do. In fact, they love fiber as it's their main food source.
By feeding the probiotic cultures, we
are assisting in maintaining the best gut health.
So what this means is even if you are taking a probiotic supplement daily or eating an adequate source of probiotic foods, if you are not eating foods containing essential prebiotics your efforts may be wasted.
We all have different varieties of bacteria swimming around in our gut, so the effects of the consumption of the exact measure of prebiotics and probiotics can vary.
Try experimenting with different foods and see what works for you.
Antibiotics are prescribed as a treatment to kill off bacteria that cause infection. While antibiotics have helped tremendously, saving many lives since being discovered, this does not come without its drawbacks.
First of all, if antibiotics are taken
too frequently, they can weaken the immune system over time as the
body is not getting a chance to fight off the “bad” bacteria with
its own defences; the less they are used the less they are needed.
These are all amazing things that can be taken to prevent getting sick or even to help speed up the recovery process after getting sick.
Consider keeping doctor-prescribed
antibiotics to a minimum, as these tend to be a lot more potent than
their more natural, gentle counterparts.