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prebiotics for health

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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jack collier

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Food on Friday ~ Tuna

Always choose fish from a sustainable source.

Perhaps for some good reasons Tuna is nowhere near as popular as salmon.  However tuna makes a very healthy meal, and perhaps should appear more often in our menu planners.   But, always choose sustainable tuna to eat.

Many people eat canned tuna, which is OK if there’s nothing better on offer.  However, if all you’ve ever had is tuna out of a tin, then you’re missing out on one of life’s great experiences ~ fresh tuna steaks grilled on the barbecue.

Tuna is also an essential ingredient if you’re thinking of home-made sushi.

Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has a fabulous recipe for a spicy brown rice seared tuna roll bowl.  This is a complete sushi dinner in 30 minutes! Looks great doesn’t it?  Tieghan also has a recipe for Korean avocado tuna sushi roll.

Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Roll Bowl

Some tuna canapés from Petra at Food Eat Love; sesame crusted tuna and watermelon soldiers, and you should be able to make these in 15 minutes.  Great to serve with drinks in your yard on a sunny day.

Tuna and Watermelon Soldiers

This is a brilliant idea from Chungah at Damn Delicious ~ healthy snack boxes for an entire week’s lunches.  Greek yogurt tuna salad, an entire week in one twenty-minute tuna salad meal prep.  Now there’s no excuse for not taking a healthy lunch to work every day.

Tuna Salad Meal Prep

From our BBC good food I can offer you this Moroccan-spiced tuna, ready in 10 minutes.  Now that’s a fast, easy, healthy, and tasty dish.

Moroccan-Spiced Tuna

For those of us who really like recipe collections Cooking Light offers up 38 of their favourite fresh tuna recipes; including this very easy sesame albacore tuna.

Sesame Albacore Tuna

And, another recipe collection from delish; recipes to make you rethink tuna.  This includes an incredibly easy dish from New Orleans; poached tuna with kumquats and jalapeno.

Poached Tuna with Kumquats and Jalapeno

Drinks.  For most of these dishes you may want to drink a Japanese beer like Asahi or Sapporo, or perhaps a really good traditional sake, (try buying at Tengu Sake online).  However, Fiona Beckett at Matching food & wine, has some great wine suggestions to go with tuna.

What’s the Best Wine Match for Tuna?

And if you want to grill your tuna on the barbecue, try grilling your fish on a cedar plank.

jack collier

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Encinitas

There is a City in Southern California named Encinitas.  It is by the beach.  Take Interstate 5 and it’s 80 miles south of where I was staying, somewhere near Santa Ana.

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It means something special to a girl I know.  She took me there, and I acted like a jerk because I was jealous that she went there with a special guy before me.

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He must have been a great guy to have won such a fabulous girl such as she.  He served his flag and all I ever got to be was a snot-nosed officer cadet.

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We had a great day at the beach, then I spoiled it all because I wouldn’t eat sushi.  As I said, I acted like a jerk.

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This pathetic English fool wouldn’t even get into the Pacific Ocean.

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Since then I have gone on being a jerk.  Perhaps if I try hard enough she will still want to be my friend.  Perhaps I will go on trying for the rest of my life.

I hope this is not my sundown with her.

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It Never Rains In Southern California

On a road trip, you need a girl next to you, if only to take the pictures.

It never rains in Southern California.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pyC7WnvLT4

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Let me tell you, cold, grey, wet, Atlantic and North Sea rain falls relentlessly in England.  Or maybe it only seems that way.  I get rain here about 10 days a month, every month of the year, but in summer Anaheim  http://www.anaheim.net/  gets almost no rain.  On contrary, England is wet here today.

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I am not even certain wherein Southern California this bar is, (not due to overmuch falling-down water), but it’s close to Anaheim.  Look forward to a series of lighting fixture shots.

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Anaheim isn’t the prettiest place in ‘So Cal’ but it isn’t as brutal as L.A.  For pretty, try Big Bear, Palm Springs, or the Yucca Valley.  Encinitas isn’t my favourite place, although the beach is good and sunset over the pacific is stunning.  Encinitas is too near Camp Pendleton, it’s a Navy town, something bad may happen to you there, like she may want you to eat sushi.  Englishmen don’t eat sushi.

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