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ARE PROBIOTICS FOR YOU?

By Rafael Lugo

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There is a lot of talk about the role of probiotics in our health and how they help us process nutrients. There are even claims of “special bacteria" found in thin individuals, that is not found in obese individuals”.

It is mesmerizing to hear and read all that is being said and adjudicated to the microorganisms called probiotics. So what are they and where do they come from?


They are usually found in fermented foods and they are what we know as good bacteria. Not all bacteria cause disease. We have in our own bodies good bacteria, that carry important digestive and immune system functions and protect us from the bad bacteria. The balance should be 85% good vs 15% bad. When we loose the balance and the “bad bacteria” overgrow, we suffer from conditions or ailments.
So why does and imbalance happen? Well one theory is antibiotics that target bad bacteria can also eliminate the good bacteria from our intestines and cause and overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Unfortunately the good bacteria are easier to kill and weaker. There are numerous other theories about why we loose the balance. The important thing to remember is the we need to maintain the balance, since it is practically impossible to fight all the external factors that could eliminate good bacteria.
How do the good bacteria help us? In many ways we do not fully understand their mechanism, but we do know that probiotics can help cure irritable bowel syndrome, chronic diarrhea, vaginal issues and skin issues, prevention of eczema in kids, etc. Also some studies are being done on oral health and prevention of allergies and colds, treatment of acne, prevention of kidney stones, and in general boosting the immune system. The immediate results and improvements are obviously related to the intestinal tract.
What is still under investigation is the more powerful use of probiotics to loose weight and cure other ailments. 
There are a few strains of bacteria that have been found in humans that are typically lean no matter what they eat. These bacteria have been studied and given to mice. These strains have shown to promote weight loss in the mice when ingested. So there is definitely something to it and we need to pay attention.
The same way that these bacteria help control diseases and weight, there might be other strains that help prevent cancer and cure, prevent or improve many other conditions. The sky is the limit and studies every day continue to back up some of these claims. After all they are the gatekeepers of what we eat. The intestinal bacteria facilitate the elimination of toxins and also the absorption of key ingredients.
These bacterias are our friends and we must protect and keep a good balance by supplying a healthy amount in our diet.

How and were we find these organisms?

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You will have plenty of ways to load up on these organisms. There are multiple natural sources and multiple commercial forms. The most common and readily available is yogurt. Not all yogurt is created equal and I usually recommend greek and plain yogurt, if possible organic. That way you get the unadulterated goods.
Other natural sources of probiotics are Kefir, Kimichi, Sauerkraut, Kombucha, raw cheese, Miso.
If you cant stomach any of these and the many other sources then you can get the commercial versions in pill form or in liquid form. These are found even in your grocery store.
So the key is that you get the product from a reputable source and that it has what it actually says. Also the amounts of bacteria are important. Probiotics are great, but not to be taken in extreme amounts. They would make you sick if you did. I recommend that you rotate the type of bacteria you take and that way keep the whole variety of strains and try to capitalize on the benefits they all have to offer. This benefits anyone and everyone, but if you have and immune compromise condition, check with your doctor before you start experimenting. They are still bacteria after all and if your immune system is severely compromised taking these might affect you.


Probiotics and how to get them HERE is a good summary


I hope this helps you in you quest to better health. Next topic will address prebiotics.

ARE PROBIOTICS FOR YOU?

By Rafael Lugo

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There is a lot of talk about the role of probiotics in our health and how they help us process nutrients. There are even claims of “special bacteria" found in thin individuals, that is not found in obese individuals”.

It is mesmerizing to hear and read all that is being said and adjudicated to the microorganisms called probiotics. So what are they and where do they come from?


They are usually found in fermented foods and they are what we know as good bacteria. Not all bacteria cause disease. We have in our own bodies good bacteria, that carry important digestive and immune system functions and protect us from the bad bacteria. The balance should be 85% good vs 15% bad. When we loose the balance and the “bad bacteria” overgrow, we suffer from conditions or ailments.
So why does and imbalance happen? Well one theory is antibiotics that target bad bacteria can also eliminate the good bacteria from our intestines and cause and overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Unfortunately the good bacteria are easier to kill and weaker. There are numerous other theories about why we loose the balance. The important thing to remember is the we need to maintain the balance, since it is practically impossible to fight all the external factors that could eliminate good bacteria.
How do the good bacteria help us? In many ways we do not fully understand their mechanism, but we do know that probiotics can help cure irritable bowel syndrome, chronic diarrhea, vaginal issues and skin issues, prevention of eczema in kids, etc. Also some studies are being done on oral health and prevention of allergies and colds, treatment of acne, prevention of kidney stones, and in general boosting the immune system. The immediate results and improvements are obviously related to the intestinal tract.
What is still under investigation is the more powerful use of probiotics to loose weight and cure other ailments. 
There are a few strains of bacteria that have been found in humans that are typically lean no matter what they eat. These bacteria have been studied and given to mice. These strains have shown to promote weight loss in the mice when ingested. So there is definitely something to it and we need to pay attention.
The same way that these bacteria help control diseases and weight, there might be other strains that help prevent cancer and cure, prevent or improve many other conditions. The sky is the limit and studies every day continue to back up some of these claims. After all they are the gatekeepers of what we eat. The intestinal bacteria facilitate the elimination of toxins and also the absorption of key ingredients.
These bacterias are our friends and we must protect and keep a good balance by supplying a healthy amount in our diet.

How and were we find these organisms?

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You will have plenty of ways to load up on these organisms. There are multiple natural sources and multiple commercial forms. The most common and readily available is yogurt. Not all yogurt is created equal and I usually recommend greek and plain yogurt, if possible organic. That way you get the unadulterated goods.
Other natural sources of probiotics are Kefir, Kimichi, Sauerkraut, Kombucha, raw cheese, Miso.
If you cant stomach any of these and the many other sources then you can get the commercial versions in pill form or in liquid form. These are found even in your grocery store.
So the key is that you get the product from a reputable source and that it has what it actually says. Also the amounts of bacteria are important. Probiotics are great, but not to be taken in extreme amounts. They would make you sick if you did. I recommend that you rotate the type of bacteria you take and that way keep the whole variety of strains and try to capitalize on the benefits they all have to offer. This benefits anyone and everyone, but if you have and immune compromise condition, check with your doctor before you start experimenting. They are still bacteria after all and if your immune system is severely compromised taking these might affect you.


Probiotics and how to get them HERE is a good summary


I hope this helps you in you quest to better health. Next topic will address prebiotics.

ARE PROBIOTICS FOR YOU?

By Rafael Lugo

temp-post-image

There is a lot of talk about the role of probiotics in our health and how they help us process nutrients. There are even claims of “special bacteria" found in thin individuals, that is not found in obese individuals”.

It is mesmerizing to hear and read all that is being said and adjudicated to the microorganisms called probiotics. So what are they and where do they come from?


They are usually found in fermented foods and they are what we know as good bacteria. Not all bacteria cause disease. We have in our own bodies good bacteria, that carry important digestive and immune system functions and protect us from the bad bacteria. The balance should be 85% good vs 15% bad. When we loose the balance and the “bad bacteria” overgrow, we suffer from conditions or ailments.
So why does and imbalance happen? Well one theory is antibiotics that target bad bacteria can also eliminate the good bacteria from our intestines and cause and overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Unfortunately the good bacteria are easier to kill and weaker. There are numerous other theories about why we loose the balance. The important thing to remember is the we need to maintain the balance, since it is practically impossible to fight all the external factors that could eliminate good bacteria.
How do the good bacteria help us? In many ways we do not fully understand their mechanism, but we do know that probiotics can help cure irritable bowel syndrome, chronic diarrhea, vaginal issues and skin issues, prevention of eczema in kids, etc. Also some studies are being done on oral health and prevention of allergies and colds, treatment of acne, prevention of kidney stones, and in general boosting the immune system. The immediate results and improvements are obviously related to the intestinal tract.
What is still under investigation is the more powerful use of probiotics to loose weight and cure other ailments. 
There are a few strains of bacteria that have been found in humans that are typically lean no matter what they eat. These bacteria have been studied and given to mice. These strains have shown to promote weight loss in the mice when ingested. So there is definitely something to it and we need to pay attention.
The same way that these bacteria help control diseases and weight, there might be other strains that help prevent cancer and cure, prevent or improve many other conditions. The sky is the limit and studies every day continue to back up some of these claims. After all they are the gatekeepers of what we eat. The intestinal bacteria facilitate the elimination of toxins and also the absorption of key ingredients.
These bacterias are our friends and we must protect and keep a good balance by supplying a healthy amount in our diet.

How and were we find these organisms?

temp-post-image


You will have plenty of ways to load up on these organisms. There are multiple natural sources and multiple commercial forms. The most common and readily available is yogurt. Not all yogurt is created equal and I usually recommend greek and plain yogurt, if possible organic. That way you get the unadulterated goods.
Other natural sources of probiotics are Kefir, Kimichi, Sauerkraut, Kombucha, raw cheese, Miso.
If you cant stomach any of these and the many other sources then you can get the commercial versions in pill form or in liquid form. These are found even in your grocery store.
So the key is that you get the product from a reputable source and that it has what it actually says. Also the amounts of bacteria are important. Probiotics are great, but not to be taken in extreme amounts. They would make you sick if you did. I recommend that you rotate the type of bacteria you take and that way keep the whole variety of strains and try to capitalize on the benefits they all have to offer. This benefits anyone and everyone, but if you have and immune compromise condition, check with your doctor before you start experimenting. They are still bacteria after all and if your immune system is severely compromised taking these might affect you.


Probiotics and how to get them HERE is a good summary


I hope this helps you in you quest to better health. Next topic will address prebiotics.

ARE PROBIOTICS FOR YOU?

By Rafael Lugo

temp-post-image

There is a lot of talk about the role of probiotics in our health and how they help us process nutrients. There are even claims of “special bacteria" found in thin individuals, that is not found in obese individuals”.

It is mesmerizing to hear and read all that is being said and adjudicated to the microorganisms called probiotics. So what are they and where do they come from?


They are usually found in fermented foods and they are what we know as good bacteria. Not all bacteria cause disease. We have in our own bodies good bacteria, that carry important digestive and immune system functions and protect us from the bad bacteria. The balance should be 85% good vs 15% bad. When we loose the balance and the “bad bacteria” overgrow, we suffer from conditions or ailments.
So why does and imbalance happen? Well one theory is antibiotics that target bad bacteria can also eliminate the good bacteria from our intestines and cause and overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Unfortunately the good bacteria are easier to kill and weaker. There are numerous other theories about why we loose the balance. The important thing to remember is the we need to maintain the balance, since it is practically impossible to fight all the external factors that could eliminate good bacteria.
How do the good bacteria help us? In many ways we do not fully understand their mechanism, but we do know that probiotics can help cure irritable bowel syndrome, chronic diarrhea, vaginal issues and skin issues, prevention of eczema in kids, etc. Also some studies are being done on oral health and prevention of allergies and colds, treatment of acne, prevention of kidney stones, and in general boosting the immune system. The immediate results and improvements are obviously related to the intestinal tract.
What is still under investigation is the more powerful use of probiotics to loose weight and cure other ailments. 
There are a few strains of bacteria that have been found in humans that are typically lean no matter what they eat. These bacteria have been studied and given to mice. These strains have shown to promote weight loss in the mice when ingested. So there is definitely something to it and we need to pay attention.
The same way that these bacteria help control diseases and weight, there might be other strains that help prevent cancer and cure, prevent or improve many other conditions. The sky is the limit and studies every day continue to back up some of these claims. After all they are the gatekeepers of what we eat. The intestinal bacteria facilitate the elimination of toxins and also the absorption of key ingredients.
These bacterias are our friends and we must protect and keep a good balance by supplying a healthy amount in our diet.

How and were we find these organisms?

temp-post-image


You will have plenty of ways to load up on these organisms. There are multiple natural sources and multiple commercial forms. The most common and readily available is yogurt. Not all yogurt is created equal and I usually recommend greek and plain yogurt, if possible organic. That way you get the unadulterated goods.
Other natural sources of probiotics are Kefir, Kimichi, Sauerkraut, Kombucha, raw cheese, Miso.
If you cant stomach any of these and the many other sources then you can get the commercial versions in pill form or in liquid form. These are found even in your grocery store.
So the key is that you get the product from a reputable source and that it has what it actually says. Also the amounts of bacteria are important. Probiotics are great, but not to be taken in extreme amounts. They would make you sick if you did. I recommend that you rotate the type of bacteria you take and that way keep the whole variety of strains and try to capitalize on the benefits they all have to offer. This benefits anyone and everyone, but if you have and immune compromise condition, check with your doctor before you start experimenting. They are still bacteria after all and if your immune system is severely compromised taking these might affect you.


Probiotics and how to get them HERE is a good summary


I hope this helps you in you quest to better health. Next topic will address prebiotics.

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