Good Bacteria

Good bacteria are linked to higher quality of life.  The first step to healing any condition or disease is increasing the amount of good bacteria (probiotic intake).  The benefits range anywhere from weight loss, to hypertension, and of course Inflammatory Bowel Disease.   Probiotics trigger remission in Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis by relieving and preventing systemic inflammation.  They also help people look and feel younger and thinner.  Not all probiotics are the same though. Get the most out of probiotics by knowing the 3 things hidden in most probiotics that cancel out all health benefits.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are referred to as the “good bacteria” in your gut.   They are live microorganisms in the lining of digestive tract that break down and absorb nutrients.  Probiotics work by affecting the overall ecosystem of the gut.

Restoring gut flora restores overall health for most people.

Historically, probiotics have been a staple for a variety of cultures.  Germany is immediately identified with sauerkraut, as kimchi is with Korea.  Also, Lassi with India, and kefir with the caucasus mountains.    To get an idea of the age of probiotics think of it this way.  Probiotics have been around since before refrigerators existed.   People all over the world fermented and cured foods to preserve them.  The process allows for good bacteria to grow in the stored foods.

Traditional methods of fermenting foods, not only preserve the food itself but the health of those who consume it.

Health benefits of probiotics:

  • Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome, IBS, & IBD
  • Improve digestion
  • Healthier and more supple skin
  • Increased energy levels
  • Hormonal balance

Importance of microorganisms in gut

Vitamins and neurochemicals essential for proper brain function are manufactured in the gut.

When your gut is compromised, its ability to manufacture the said agents is diminished, which can make you vulnerable to a range of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and Parkinson’s disease.

Unhealthy gut has also been linked to autoimmune diseases like diabetes, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Gut flora work closely to perform many functions.  Remember that the gut is your second brain?  Here is where it comes in handy.  The metabolic activities gut flora performs are complex and equivalent to those of an organ.  The gut flora is responsible for producing Vitamins K and B and turning fibers into short fatty acids.  These fatty acids (butyrate, propionate and acetate) feed the gut wall.

If that wasn’t enough they stimulate the immune system regulating the integrity of the gut lining.  AKA Prevent and heal Leaky Gut Syndrome.  This is probably one of the most important things to  know as disease starts and ends with a leaky gut. The microorganisms in the gut control all aspects of health.  It is the basis of the inflammation gut health connection explained here.

Having  beneficial gut bacteria helps you maintain optimal health.  Whereas, not having enough good bacteria or too having too much of the bad stuff can cause serious problems.  Some of these conditions are listed below and can be relieved simply by adding a good probiotic to your everyday routine.

Leaky Gut Syndrome Irritable Bowel Syndrome Hypertension
Celiac Herpes Liver Disease
IBD Eczema & Dermatitis Cancer
Insulin resistance Diabetes Psychological health

Probiotics as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Treatment

Good bacteria relieves Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s.  Skeptics stop reading if you agree that there is no cure for Crohn’s and Colitis.  Prebiotics and probiotics are used as inflammatory bowel disease treatment.  You can naturally boost the probiotics in your system by feeding them.  Probiotics are live organisms and need to be fed.  Feed them fermentable fibers in a prebiotic supplement, or in high fiber foods such as sweet potatoes and flax seed.

Other benefits of good bacteria in the system

A study conducted by the Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital & Clinic showed how obese patients who received gastric bypass surgery, a weight loss procedure,  were able to keep the excess weight off with the help of probiotics.

The University of Maryland on the other says that probiotics could give support to urinary tract infection sufferers.

Disturbed emotional states such as stress, depression, and anxiety can alter the gut flora, which, in turn, can possibly lead to the formation of acne. Oral consumption and topical application of probiotics has shown promising results.

Probiotics for women

Women are able to use probiotics as an easy source for many benefits.  Most naturopaths will recommend a probiotic as an essential supplement because of the many environmental factors that they are exposed to.  Birth control and antibiotics are two known culprits for throwing off  gut balance.  A probiotic can not only help replenish the intestinal balance but also help with weight loss, acne, and other common issues.  Also, they are one of the natural remedies for menopause proven to help.

The 3 things that cancel out all probiotic benefits

Beware of low quality probiotics with added ingredients.

1. Sugar

Scan labels quickly and check for hidden added sugars.  You are very likely to find more than one type of sweetener in yogurt, flavored kefir, and coconut drinks.  Don’t waste your money, adding sugar to a probiotic source will kill the good bacteria and feed the bad one just like it will do in your system.

 

 

2. Heat

Like most natural medicine probiotics are delicate.  They must be stored in cold stable temperatures to survive while they are in storage and while they travel down to your gut.  The potency of a probiotic depends on the conditions it was packed, shipped, and stored in.

 

 

3. Processing

A highly processed probiotic will likely not improve gut health.  If the label reads something similar to “heat treated” or “made with active cultures” put it down.  Making a supplement with active cultures can mean they were alive at one point but were processed to give the product a longer shelf life.  Treating the good bacteria with heat and exposing it to higher temperatures than it can withstand take from the potency.

The side effect of probiotics is the overall health boost people experience. They are a natural remedy for weight loss, acne, autoimmune disease, liver support and many others.  Micro flora, good bacteria, or probiotics, help the body produce vitamins and detoxify.  Therefore, they are able to provide relief to a host of diseases you wouldn’t relate to each other.