Probiotics, Should We Take Them?

Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well. There isn’t much going on here. My grandparents came to our house for a meal on Labor Day. It has been a little cooler, for which we are grateful.

I would like to talk about probiotics this week. Obesity, diabetes, depression, heart disease, IBS are but a handful of conditions that can be helped by rebalancing your gut flora. Symptoms indicating your lack of healthy gut flora include: gas, bloating, constipation, frequent nausea, headaches, and sugar cravings. the more I study health, the more I’ve come to appreciate how important the bacteria in your gut are to your health. Some diseases that can be affected by the use of probiotics include: IBS, atopic dermatitis, diarrhea, allergic rhinitis, and even the common cold.

As explained by Russian neurologist Natasha Campbell McBride, a woman’s gut flora can also influence the health of her child and if your child’s gut flora is compromised from birth, he/she may be at an increased risk of vaccine damage. In fact, this imbalanced gut flora may be the primary factor that contributes to children having an adverse reaction to a vaccine. Fortunately, you can screen for this imbalance, and if it is found, all immunizations should be avoided until it is corrected with strategies that are comprehensively described in Dr McBride’s book, “Gut and Psychology Syndrome.” This is essential reading for all parents and parents to be. The simple and inexpensive screening she suggests could prevent a lifetime of suffering.

All in all, the research into probiotics indicates that supplementing with probiotics is probably more important than taking a multivitamin, and its true importance is right up there Vitamin D.

The ideal ratio between the bacteria in your gut is 85% good and 15% bad. Maintaining this optimal ratio is essential for good health.Probiotics are also essential for digestion of food and absorption of nutrients, and they help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and aid in the elimination of toxins.

How do you know your gut is out of wack? It’s important to understand that your gut bacteria are very vulnerable to lifestyle and environmental factors such as: celiac disease, leaky gut and IBS, mood, psychological health and behavior, Epstein bar virus, chronic fatigue syndrome,insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, common cold, influenza and pneumonia, high cholesterol, and hypertension, acne, eczema, and atopic dermatitis, liver diseases such as cirrhosis and cancer, herpes, food and wheat allergies. All of these factors throw your gut flora out of balance, and, as you can see, many of these factors are pervasive and can be difficult to avoid. However, it’s not impossible! Simply altering your diet to avoid processed food and focusing on whole, ideally locally grown organic, foods will make a huge dent. That change alone will quickly reduce the amount of sugar and fructose you consume, as well as automatically limit your exposure to antibiotics and agricultural chemicals.

If you enjoy eating fermented foods, this is the best source of probiotics. Sauerkraut is my number one recommendation, since 2 tablespoons far exceeds any probiotic supplement you can take. There is also kefir, kimchi, other fermented vegetables, etc. Be sure your fermented food is organic, and preferably unpasteurized. We purchase our sauerkraut from the Amish family that I have been working for. They ferment it and it is never heated. They actually gave us some last time we were there as part of the pay. I feel it is the healthiest we can get. If we can’t get it from them, our second choice is organic sauerkraut from Whole Foods.

If you do not like fermented foods, like me, you should take a daily probiotic supplement. I forgot to mention that drinking Kombucha is a great source of probiotics. I do drink some of that. I take a fifty billion strain probiotic supplement daily. Right now I’m using ultra Jarrowdophilis. I have also used Mega Food Mega Flora, also fifty billion. I cannot endorse others that I have not tried. One group recently studied over two hundred supplements to determine which were the best for each individual’s needs. They enlisted the help of probiotic and health experts, dug into clinical trial findings, and examined the finalists themselves. Overall, they chose four top picks that each target a specific health goal. You can read their full research at http//www.reviews.com/probiotic-supplement. I am familiar with a few of the brands they recommend, such as Garden of Life and Mega Food, but have only used Mega Food personally.

For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, visit my website at homesteadnutrition.com. Have a healthy and blessed week!

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