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The Benefits of Probiotics – And The Best Sources

The benefits of probiotics is legendary. Probiotics are bacteria, which are essential to life. There are around 1,000 different strains of bacteria, yeasts, protazoa and various other micro-organisms that inhabit your body. This makes up around 2 kg, 4lb of your body weight.

The majority live in your digestive system, but there are colonies all over your body, particularly so at every orifice.

The function of bacteria is to protect you against any invading bacteria, fungi or virus that is not part of your system. Your bacteria is part of your immune system. Over your life time, a healthy balance is established.

It is impossible to break down and utilize food without bacteria. Some vitamins, especially vitamin B12, is compromised without this bacteria.

Babies get their founding bacteria from a vaginal birth. Those babies born through a caesarian section miss out on this vital start to life.

Mother's milk contains a variety if beneficial bacteria which they will not get when formula fed.

Babies will add to this healthy bacteria creation, by crawling around and putting things into their mouth. The presence of pets adds to this. The all too hygienic practice so common today, prevent the baby from creating a healthy bacteria foundation.

This opportunity occurs only once in your life. Once a child starts to eat and create strong stomach acid, the opportunity is lost.

The overuse of antibiotics has created havoc in the health of the population. This is especially true in babies and that of the digestive system. It can also lead to obesity, to candida, to inflammation and allows a serious infection to take hold because there is no competition.

Luckily, all is not completely lost. The benefits of probiotics include replacing much of the bacteria that is essential for a healthy body. Freshly picked, unwashed, raw fruit and veggies (preferably home grown or certified organic), with their natural bloom, contain a plentiful supply of beneficial bacteria.

You can purchase probiotics commercially, but you will probably benefit more if you make your own. It is quite simple to do so, is not expensive and can be stored easily.

Probiotic supplements tend to contain just two or three bacteria, rather than the wide diversity so necessary to life.

The common probiotics are sauerkraut, kefir, komboucha and rejuvelac. They come in various guises. For example, the common kefir is milk kefir. But water kefir is easy to make and avoids the use of dairy.

To make your own water kefir, you need

  • 1 2 liter (quart) glass / ceramic container with lid
  • 1 liter (2 pints) filtered / rain water
  • half a lemon, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
  • 4 tablespoon sugar (use rapadura, palm sugar, brown sugar, etc, rather than white sugar) DO NOT USE HONEY as it will kill the culture
  • quarter to half a cup of kefir grains (starter) or if you have a friend with the culture, you can ask them for the next 'baby' it produces
  • optional extras – one fig cut up, quarter cup apple juice or 2 cm / 1 inch sliced ​​banana

Combine the ingredients. Depending on the ambient temperature, the culture will take 2 – 5 days to mature. The best range is within 18 – 28C (65 – 82F). Outside this temperature range, some microorganisms will die off.

Taste the culture. When it is ready, it will not taste sweet. Rather it will have a slightly sour taste, with just a hint of sweetness. It may taste a little like wine. It should smell yeasty, earthy, fruity, vinegary and pleasant.

Strain the kefir, retaining the culture for the next batch you make. It will remain dormant in a glass jar of water in the fridge for a considerable time.

Bottle the kefir. It will ferment after bottling, so release the cap periodically, until you have the hang of this process. Kefir will store for years, like wine, if you can keep it that long.

Bacteria is essential to life. Use antibiotics sparingly. There are far healthier options to health care. The aim should not be to kill organisms that are interfering with your life. The aim should be to create a healthier immune system so the organism cannot gain a foothold in your body. Homeopathy offers you that.

The benefits of probiotics include rebalancing your natural bacteria for a healthier body.

For more information on how to have a healthy and lean body without dieting, click on the link below.

Source by Madeleine Innocent

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment – Non-Dairy Sources of Probiotics Supplements

Rheumatoid Arthritis is not inevitable, no matter the particulars of your family history or genetics. Some people have genetics that make them more susceptible, but something must still trigger the disease process. Likewise, it is usually possible, even after the rheumatoid arthritis has been triggered, to "untrigger" it by reversing its underlying causes.

One underlying causes of rheumatoid arthritis is a disruption of healthy gut bacteria. This can happen because of any number of stressors: taking antibiotics, losing a job, losing a loved one, having a loved one seriously ill or injured, divorce, your home going into foreclosure, surgery, taking a board exam, traveling in a third world country, getting some other illness, working long hours without enough rest and more. Even joyful events like the birth or a child, a job promotion or, moving to a new house can cause stress that can trigger RA.

This is because for most people stress has a strong impact on the gut. Once gut flora gets out of balance it can stay that way for years and years, until something helps it to rebalance itself.

This rebalancing of gut flora is one way to help "untrigger" rheumatoid arthritis.

One way to do this is by reintroducing healthy bacteria everyday through your diet.

Most people know about the benefits of eating live culture yogurt because of the healthy bacteria it contains. Most people don't realize the almost infinite number of other sources of probiotics. Many can be made in your own kitchen without much effort and easily incorporated into your everyday diet.

If you can eat dairy, it is easy to get probiotics through yogurt, kefir, and the many commercial probiotics supplements grown on a dairy base.

If you can't eat dairy, you may not realize how easy it is to still get enough probiotics.

Here is partial list of the many non-dairy probiotics-containing foods you can eat and drink:

  1. Commercially available cultured coconut milk
  2. Homemade cultured coconut milk, soymilk, rice milk or fruit juice made using kefir grains
  3. Unpasteurized sauerkraut
  4. Unpasteurized kim chee
  5. Sour pickles
  6. Other vegetable ferments, such as sour beets, sour turnips, fermented radishes, etc.
  7. "Potato cheese" – cooked potato fermented with brine from live sauerkraut culture
  8. Brine from ferments used as a digestive tonic and Soup Stock
  9. Fermented chutney
  10. Miso
  11. Miso Pickles
  12. Tempeh-soy
  13. Ferments made from other beans such as pinto beans, kidney beans, navy beans, etc.
  14. Rejuvenac-made from sprouted grain
  15. Kombucha-a tea fermented with a special kombucha culture
  16. Porridge-fermented overnight before cooking to increase digestibility

These probiotics-containing foods start with either an already established culture which you can buy or someone can gift you (yogurt, kefir, miso, tempeh and other bean ferments and kombutcha) or capture wild bacteria from the air (sauerkraut, kim chee, sour pickles, other vegetable ferments, brines, rejuvenac and porridge.)

Source by Barbara Allan