Healthy Outlook: MAR 2017 Probiotics

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Healthy Outlook

March 2017

My name is Carol Koegel I am passionate and committed to learn, practice and share all that I can to be healthy and whole.  I will be providing new information each month that I hope you will find useful and interesting.  I will always try to give credit to my sources and welcome any comments or questions you may have.

WHATS THE BIG DEAL?

Probiotics

Probiotics are bacteria that help keep the natural balance of organisms (microflora) in the intestines. The normal human digestive tract contains about 400 types of probiotic bacteria that reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system. *

Foods that are naturally high in Probiotics

·      Yogurt A ·      Sauerkraut
·      Kimchi ·      Pickles
·      Tempeh ·      Miso
·      Soft Cheeses

(such as Gouda)

·      Kefir
·      Sourdough Bread ·      Milk with Probiotics

 

Prebiotic-foods feed the good bacteria already living in your gut.  You can find probiotics in foods like asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, oatmeal, red wine, honey, maple syrup, and legumes.

A Not all yogurt contains “live” or “active” cultures.  To determine whether the yogurt you buy contains living bacteria check the labels for the words “active yogurt cultures” “living yogurt cultures” or “contains active cultures” Don’t be fooled by the words “made with active cultures” as all yogurts are made with live cultures, but no live cultures survive heat-treatment, which many commercial yogurts are heat treated after culturing which kills the live cultures.

 
yogurt 

Kefir

Kefir is a fermented drink, traditionally made using cow’s milk or goat’s milk. Although many lactose intolerant people have no adverse reaction to Kefir it can also be made with coconut water, coconut milk or other sweet liquids.  Green Valley makes a high-quality lactose-free Kefir.  Although it is often recommended as a drink you can use this with fruit and granola or in muffins, smoothies and sauces.

 

 

Acidophilus with Bifidum

American Health makes a chewable that is easy to digest. No gluten, no lactose, no eggs, no preservatives, no artificial flavors or colors, no wheat, no soy no grapefruit and no sodium. **

PB8 

A gelatin capsule that is gluten, lactose, and soy free.  The microflora growth concentrate selected for PB8 is inulin, a natural carbohydrate from chicory root.  Inulin promotes the selective growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine and is considered a Prebiotic. ***

Kombucha

This a Probiotic drink. It is made by adding bacteria and yeast to sugar and black or green tea and allowing the brew to ferment.  These beverages are high in acid and contain Sugar, vinegar, B vitamins, antioxidants and trace amounts of alcohol.  One 16-ounce bottle contains about 60 calories.  There have been reports of adverse effects from drinking the tea.  Ranging from upset stomach to toxic reactions and metabolic acidosis.

Benefits of Kombucha tea are primarily based on personal reports and a few animal studies.  There are no clinical trials to date to substantiate the numerous claims. *

GoodBelly, Kevita,   

These two companies also provide probiotic drinks that are non-dairy.  Kevita products are certified organic, gluten free and use reverse osmosis purified water. Goodbelly SuperShots are non-GMO, soy & dairy free.  See the recipe in this newsletter for Lemon Lime Margarita’s that boost your probiotics.

 

Floassist

Florassist GI with Phange Technolgy

I have listed many ways to add healthy bacteria (probiotics) to your body. When one ingests a probiotic, they can slowly crowd out the harmful bacteria strains in the intestine. Phage therapy uses bacteriophages, which are submicroscopic packages of DNA or RNA enclosed in a protein envelope that selectively target harmful bacteria.  Many people live in a state of imbalance that not only threatens their long-term health, but may also contribute to sleep disorders, and a range of stomach distress issues that cannot be explained by a specific disease.  Fortunately, many studies have shown that positively changing the microbiome, shifting it toward a healthy balance can also change symptoms and disease risk.  With Florassist GI with Phage Technology you have a dual-action approach to balancing the microbiome. Adding healthy bacteria and attacking specific unwanted bacteria. This comprehensive formula offers a unique, safe and entirely natural approach to restore the microbiome to a healthy balanced state. ****

 

How Much and What Kind?

If you want to boost your probiotics Yogurt or Keifr are great choices because they also contain a wealth of healthy nutrients like protein, calcium, vitamin D, and potassium.  Kefir made from full-fat dairy is not only a great source of calcium, but also vitamin K2. This nutrient plays a central role in calcium metabolism, and supplementing with it has been shown reduce the risk of fractures. ****

If you want to add a supplement I personally would recommend Life Extension’s Florassist GI because of the Phage Technology mentioned above.

 

*MayoClinic

**Americanhealthus.com

***gnc.com

****Authoritynutrition.com

*****Life Extension

 

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