10 Feb The power of probiotics
Probiotics are essential for health. A healthy human body should have 90% of these beneficial microorganisms compared to only 10% of its own cells.
The colonization of the body by these microorganisms begins during the process of vaginal birth, continues with breastfeeding and subsequently with the food consumed. These valuable bacteria are found on and in raw fruits and vegetables (in greater numbers in organic foods and fermented products).
There is a colossal deficiency of probiotics in our diet. Today we consume only 1 millionth of useful bacteria that we need!
Imagine removing all the grass (probiotics) from your lawn (intestines) without replacing it. What happens ? Weeds will develop (yeast, pathological bacteria and viruses) and erosion will occur (imbalance in the functioning of the digestive tract).
For example, serotonin is the very important “happiness” hormone. 80% of the receptors of this messenger are in the intestines. If the intestines are unbalanced, serotonin may not work properly and may lead to the blues.
Causes of probiotic deficiencies:
- Industrial agriculture that depletes soils, herbicides and pesticides (kills both beneficial bacteria and as well as the pests)
- All refined foods and lack of fibre (prebiotics) in the diet reduce the survival rate of bacteria
- Irradiated and pasteurized foods
- Cooked food
- Stress, sugar and alcohol
- Chlorine in the water used to wash food
- Antibiotic consumption
- The over-use of disinfectants.
Good bacteria that should be present in a quality supplement :
L. Plantarum: Produces an antimicrobial substance that fights harmful bacteria and reduces the hyperactivity of the immune system (allergies)
L. Rhamnosus: Inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria
L. Casei: Improves digestion, reduces lactose intolerance, reduces constipation, inhibits H. Pylori associated with stomach ulcers, and protects against the deadly bacteria Listeria
L. Acidophilus: Must be replaced following the consumption of antibiotics, controls the growth of fungal infections in the mouth, vagina and gastrointestinal system, reduces constipation, and increases the effectiveness of the immune system
S. Thermophilus: Decreases lactose intolerance, strengthens the immune system, and anticarcinogenic
B. Bifidum: Protects against a virus that causes diarrhea, has a suppressive effect on tumours, decreases inflammation and increases immunity
B. Longum: Eliminates the carcinogenic effects of nitrates (deli meats), inhibits the growth of colon, liver and breast cancers in laboratory animals
B. Breve: Decreases inflammation and increases immunity
L. Salivarius: Eliminates H. Pylori associated with stomach ulcers, effective in fighting salmonella and reducing inflammation
Recommended supplements are Natural Factors Ultimate and Innate Choice (available at the office). To maintain their effectiveness, probiotic supplements should be purchased from and stored in a refrigerator at all times.
According to Dr Judith, Bio K is less interesting because there are only three strains of different bacteria. Bio K is made with sugar which nourishes bad bacteria and fungus (candida). In addition, sugar kills good bacteria.
Can we get enough probiotics with yoghurt? Of course, if you can eat 40 litres a day! Also, there is often added sugar. The probiotics in yoghurt are not the strains that adhere well to the intestines and there is certainly not a wide variety of strains. And no, wine and beer do not count either!
If supplementation does not appeal to you, fermented foods are a great option. Miso soup, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and fermented vegetables (beets, carrots) are easy to find or to make at home. A couple of spoonfuls of these foods gives a greater variety of good bacteria than a supplement. Please buy raw and chilled fermented products. Avoid heating these foods so as not to kill the probiotics. The miso soup should be made with warm, not boiling, water. Bon appetit!
Why does this chiropractor care about your good flora? Reducing chemical stress will reduce neurological stress. Dr Judith is passionate about life choices that help you live your best life.