With good digestion all can be turned to health.
Most people know about probiotics ~ which are ‘good’ bacteria mostly found in dairy products such as live yogurt. Many of us buy products containing probiotics in order to improve our health. The snag is, which among all the myriads of bacteria in the probiotics we buy are actually ‘good’ for our own unique body and gastrointestinal tract? When we take probiotics we are taking on trust that whatever is in the live yogurt we’ve just bought will benefit us ~ and it might not. Most probiotics in products such as yogurt are proprietary strains of bacteria created in a laboratory, and yet they are not subject to regulation.
Putting probiotics into foods that don’t naturally have the beneficial bacteria might not make these products healthier, higher quality, or worthwhile additions to the diet. ~ Dr. Patricia Hibberd
In any event, some of us can’t abide yogurt and most other dairy products that might contain probiotics. Milk makes me feel sick.
So what’s the alternative? Turns out it’s prebiotics which act as a fertiliser for the ‘good’ bacteria that’s already in our gastrointestinal tract. Prebiotics help your own ‘good’ bacteria to grow and stay healthy. Prebiotics have many benefits that makes them a better idea than probiotics.
Why should I care one iota about the bacteria I’m carrying around in my intestines? It seems that the bacteria in our gut has a major influence on our health and general well-being. Some of the smart people in white coats aver that the bacteria in our intestines are even more important than that ~ allegedly our bacteria even affects our moods and behaviours. Some say that our gut bacteria is our body’s second brain. And, that the way people think is linked to the bacteria in their gut. All I know is that if I eat the wrong stuff I feel slow, lethargic, and miserable.
All disease begins in the gut. ~ Hippocrates
It’s the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut that actually digests most of the food we eat, looks after our immune system, and protects us from seriously harmful bacteria. Our ‘good’ bacteria are essential for our good health. Without these ‘good’ bacteria we can become prone to nasty illnesses such as; acne, early aging, autism, asthma, allergies, cancers, cardiovascular problems, colitis, anxiety and depression, diabetes, obesity, stress, ulcers, vitamin deficiency…
I need to look after my ‘good’ bacteria, and one way to do this is to eat high-fibre foods rich in the prebiotics that act as a fertiliser for the ‘good’ bacteria already in my gut. There’s a long list, but mostly these prebiotics are raw vegetables which are quite indigestible; raw Jerusalem artichoke, raw dandelion greens, raw leeks, under-ripe banana, raw garlic, raw asparagus, raw chicory root, raw wheat bran, and onions any way you like them. (Thank the Gods for the onions and banana ~ the rest of that list looks yuck.) Also honey is a very potent prebiotic, as is unpasteurised apple cider vinegar, (such as Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar).
Turns out that sushi containing cooked and cooled rice is a rich source of prebiotics. I hate sushi.
Almost nothing influences our gut bacteria as much as the food we eat. Prebiotics are the most powerful tool at our disposal if we want to support our good bacteria ~ that is, those that are already there and are there to stay. ~ Giulia Enders.
Prebiotics have several well-documented health benefits;
- Improved digestion.
- Enhanced immune system.
- Better uptake of dietary calcium and magnesium.
- Stronger bones, increased bone density.
- Cancer prevention.
- Reduced risk of dementia and other neurological disorders.
- Reduced risk of high blood pressure and strokes.
- Reduced risk of diabetes.
- Better controlled weight and appetite.
- Improved bowel regularity.
- Better balanced hormones.
- Reduced propensity to anxiety and depression.
- More energy and better concentration.
Your body is colonized by a vast array of microorganisms that modulate every aspect of your health and physiology, moment to moment, and you can optimize your health by nourishing and protecting these microbes. ~ Dr. David Perlmutter and Dr. Mercola
If you want to make the most of an increased intake of prebiotics, then under no circumstances drink diet soda, eat anything made with wheat flour, have too much refined sugar, drink too much booze, eat pasteurised flavoured yogurt, buy cereal bars or breakfast cereals, eat chips, (crisps), of any kind, and especially never have anything with high fructose corn syrup in it. High fructose corn syrup is highly addictive and extremely bad for you.
In fact, whether you’re eating more prebiotics or not, don’t have anything listed in the preceding paragraph ~ all of those things are very bad for you.
The conclusion is; taking probiotics is most likely a waste of time, and could possibly be doing you harm, especially if you take your probiotics as a yogurt drink. Conversely, eating foods rich in prebiotics will most likely improve your health and help to stave off several nasty, or even life-threatening illnesses. For fitness in body, mind, and spirit, as well as improved health overall, it’s worth fertilising the ‘good’ bacteria already in your gut with prebiotics.
Luckily for me a Paleo diet is supposed to good for giving you lots of prebiotics.
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