Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Probiotics: These "good" bacteria are called probiotics which comes from Greek terminology meaning "for life."

History provides us a few clues on how different cultures promoted their intestinal health before modern times. Years ago, people used fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut – as food preservatives and as support for intestinal and overall health.

During Roman times, people ate sauerkraut because of its taste and benefits to their overall health.

· In ancient Indian society, it became commonplace (and still is) to enjoy a before-dinner yogurt drink called a lassi. These Indian traditions were based on the principle of using sour milk as a probiotic delivery system to the body.

· Bulgarians are known both for their health and their high consumption of fermented milk and kefir.

· In Asian cultures, pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash, and carrots still exist today.

· People of the Ukraine consume probiotics from foods like sauerkraut, raw yogurt, and buttermilk.

The interesting thing was most of these dietary habits were born from tradition... at the time, no one really knew or understood why they were so healthy to your digestive system.

It is interesting to note that many caesarean-section infants have
less-than-optimal health after birth? This is most likely because they are not exposed to the mother's healthy bacteria in the birth canal which would then serve to populate its own GI tract.

On the way through the birth canal during a normal delivery, a newborn gets exposed with bacteria from their mother. This event starts colonization in the infant's gastrointestinal (GI) tract of "good" bacteria. Compelling new research now shows many caesarean-section infants have less-than-optimal health after birth. As you mature, you're faced with many threats to the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Antibiotics can/ does wipe out this healthy gut flora. It is essential to take probiotics after antibiotic use to re-colonize the gut with healthy bacteria.

The "good" bacteria in your gastrointestinal system can only provide you with optimum health if the proper balance of different types of bacteria is maintained in your gut.

Keep in mind, 80% of your immune system actually comes from your gut!

This is where probiotics can have a profound effect... not just on your GI health, but on your overall health as well. Probiotic formulas are available with many different types of bacterial strains... with the most common being Lactobacillus acidophilus. Not all probiotics are created equal... and not all probiotic formulas are properly produced to provide optimal benefits.

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