PROBIOTICS

From the very first breath you take, you’re exposed to probiotics.

On the way through the birth canal during a normal delivery, a newborn gets dosed 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. 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.

As you mature, you’re faced with many threats to the beneficial bacteria in your gut… from chlorinated drinking water… to overly-processed foods.

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.*

This is where probiotics can have a profound effect… not just on your GI health, but on your overall health as well.* Keep in mind, 80% of your immune system actually lives in your gut.

Probiotic formulas are available with many different types of bacterial strains… with the most common being Lactobacillus acidophilus. But as you’ll find out shortly, not all probiotics are created equal… and not all probiotic formulas are properly produced to provide optimal benefits.*

In general, if formulated properly, the major benefits of a high-quality probiotic are to…

  • Aid you in digesting food, particularly hard-to-digest foods and foods to which some individuals are more sensitive.*
  • Enhance the synthesis of B vitamins and improve calcium absorption*
  • Help you keep a healthy balance of intestinal microflora*
  • (In women) Promote vaginal health*
  • Support your overall immune function*

And more…

It’s believed that the key to an optimal probiotic formula is through science-backed research by a qualified non-biased laboratory… and through a manufacturer with rigorous high-quality process standards in place.

You are probably wondering why using nearly any commercial yogurt might not be as beneficial as a probiotic supplement. Afterall, traditional cultures have been consuming cultured, fermented foods like yogurt for years for digestive health promotion. Most commercial yogurts are not a good source of probiotics. Heat pasteurization significantly reduces most of the ‘good’ bacteria benefits

The problem arises because…

  • Traditional yogurts were phenomenal sources of beneficial bacteria due to their raw and unpasteurized state.
  • Most of today’s yogurts are pasteurized, unless specially purchased raw and unpasteurized from a local farmer. Sadly, pasteurization radically reduces most of the benefits.
  • Even most of the yogurts certified organic by the USDA are pasteurized in some fashion.

So what’s wrong with pasteurization?

Well, it basically kills or sterilizes most of the beneficial and other bacteria during the heat processing. And some yogurts (particularly the frozen ones), don’t contain any live bacteria at all.

So, as great-tasting as many of them are, don’t be fooled by yogurt products advertising live cultures beneficial to your digestive system… many have likely had the beneficial bacteria already reduced or wiped out by heat-intensive pasteurization processes.

This is one of those cases where it appears that in our collective zeal to rid ourselves of every trace of infectious agents in our food supply and homes, we may have outdone ourselves.

As a whole, we’re less exposed to bacteria now than in the past, including beneficial bacteria. Antibacterial products, hand sanitizers, and the like have made for a world that’s a whole lot cleaner, but is it really that much healthier?

Due to strict food safety regulations, less bacteria (including the ‘good’ ones) survive the manufacturing process. Many overly-processed products, just like yogurt, undergo pasteurization or sterilization, which may destroy beneficial bacteria. While this may be helpful in some ill-health prevention, it also means we are exposed to less health-enhancing bacteria.*


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7 Responses to PROBIOTICS

  1. Jan Gardner says:

    I believe people should make their own yogurt. I’ve been doing that for over a year and it is a simple process. What got me started was my finding a yogurt maker from the 70’s (when yogurt making was a fad) at a yard sale which hadn’t ever been used. However, there are modern yogurt makers on the market. Doing research I learned that I could make yogurt with zero natural sugar milk (lactate) in it by processing (at the prescribed very low temp.) for 22 – 24 hours instead of the 8 – 10 hours I saw mentioned on every other yogurt site I went to. This was great news since I am lactate intolerant. My yogurt comes out quite mild tasting though I add nothing to it but the starter. I use yogurt in my smoothies, in baking, and on foods that others normally eat with sour cream.

    • Tamara Sterling says:

      The yogurt maker is a great idea. My oldest buys yogurt like people buy lattes and goes for broke. I bought her a very nice cuisinart for yogurt making she has yet to try. Any suggestions for motivation??

  2. Tamara Sterling says:

    My best friend ordered the starter kit from Jordan Rueben just from me loaning her the “Maker’s Diet” book. It is a radical need to take back our lives and health. I personally lost my health due to perchlorite in the 90’s while my children were all quite little. The toll was devastating on every level imaginable. We as the over age 40+ generation can surely get sluggish from guts being too full and not emptied properly. I aspire to have the level of life which permits my grown kids and I to know life abundantly and that includes a strong sense of physical health. My oldest daughter at about 19 yrs old (she’s 24 now) came and convinced me at the time to read a book that blew the whistle so to speak on what is in our food these days. It is shocking how far from creation we’ve come to be ripped off. If our farmers went back to the biblical standards and let the land have it’s rest we’d be better off! Two of my daughters became vegetarians 4 years ago after seeing cruelty to animal videos. What I thought would be a passing phase, has become a determined lifestyle for them. They are type A+ blood which by nature is better aquainted with it’s highest function from vegetation. The rest of us are O+ and are driven to thrive on protein and meat. Suffice it to say we are always cooking seperate meals. GRRRR!!

  3. Freda says:

    My grandson is 12 yr 7months old. have serious intestinal issues… What is the very best probiotic he could take? Thanks so much for your answer;;

  4. Freda Swick says:

    My grandson is 12yr. 7months old.. has serious intestinal issues. the doctor has put him on 2tsps of miralax in water every night. What is the very best probiotic he could take for his age.? Thank you for your response..

  5. Freda Swick says:

    my grandson is 12 and 1/2 years old. Has serious intestinal issues. The doctor has put him on 2 tsps miralax each night.. What is the best proboitic he could take for his age? Thank you for your response.

  6. jane says:

    Greek Gods Yoghurt- Greek Yoghurt is great tasting and I personally love the honey. You can buy this at any grocery store. I know for sure you can get it at Whole Foods….

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