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Probiotics Are Good Bacteria

Right now, there is an epic battle being waged inside your body: literally billions of bacteria are fighting for survival in your digestive system! Some of these bacteria are considered “harmful,” “bad,” or “unfriendly,” while others are often termed “beneficial,” “good,” or “friendly.” Knowing the distinction, as well as which side to support, and how to do so, can make an amazing difference in your overall health and wellbeing.

One way to increase the number of friendly bacteria and inhibit the growth of the unfriendly is to take an effective probiotic supplement. This helps maximize the number of healthy bacteria in your body, which in turn diminishes the ranks of the unhealthy, putting the balance back in a positive state. Here are a few suggestions :

  • Dairy Sources of Probiotics – Yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, lassi (a drink made from yogurt and water), aged cheese, such as cheddar.
  • Fruit & Vegetable Sources – Brined pickles, tangy chutneys, brined olives, sauerkraut and its ethnic variations – kimchi, pickled beets.
  • Soybean Sources – Miso, tempeh, natto, soy sauce, Tamari.
  • Grain Sources – Traditional sourdough breads.
  • Non Diary Beverages – Kombucha.
  • Veggies – Tomatoes, artichokes, onions, chicory, greens especially dandelion greens, asparagus, garlic, leeks.
  • Fruit – Berries, banana.
  • Whole Grains – Oatmeal, barley, flaxseeds, wheat.
  • Legumes – Lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, navy beans, white beans, black beans.

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    • Yogurt or curd is a great probiotic (an ingredient that contains live bacteria). These good and beneficial bacteria are known to improve gut activity, soothe inflamed digestive systems and treat an upset stomach.

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  1. the big thing right now is absorption…i was listening to coast to coast last night, and there was a woman talking about the importance of drinking water, which we all know about, but she was also talking about foods and supplements that aid absorption.

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    • Oh yes Frank. Hydration is one important factor can make or break our digestion. When you haven’t had enough fluids or water, you immediately see a difference in your stools. Our digestive system is reliant on our level of hydration as our blood cannot transport nutrients without enough water in our system.

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  2. I recently had edamame beans in a stir fry but I’m wondering if I may be allergic to them as I have a soy allergy…? I read that the soy allergy comes from the edamame bean being overly processed – do you know if this is true? xo

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    • Diagnosing soy allergies can be as complicated as the medical condition itself. Symptoms can vary from person to person, and a single individual may not always experience the same symptoms during every reaction. Allergic reactions to soy can affect the skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and/or cardiovascular system. When a food allergy is suspected, it’s important to consult an allergist, who can determine which tests to perform, decide if an allergy exists and counsel patients on managing exposure and symptoms once the diagnosis has been confirmed. To make a diagnosis, allergists ask detailed questions about the history of allergy symptoms. Be prepared to answer questions about what and how much you ate, how long it took for symptoms to develop, which symptoms you experienced and how long the symptoms lasted. The allergist will usually perform skin-prick tests and/or order a blood test (such as an ImmunoCAP test), which indicate whether food-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies are present in your body.

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      • Wow, thank you for all this advice Garima.
        I am chronically ill so cannot afford private doctors, but the NHS (National Health Service in the UK) found, last year, via a blood test that I am allergic to soy, which also triggered my wheat allergy which comes and goes! 20-something years ago my allergy tests in Germany found I was allergic to several things.
        I know my body isn’t working how it should anymore – my immune system is constantly under attack since debilitating inflammation in my hip/leg/lower back 12.5 years ago (due to an accident/physical trauma).
        I now take large doses of vitamin C and I SEE THE DIFFERENCE! Truly a wonder vitamin. Differences include: clearer thinking; seeing off viral attacks (had sneezes and high fever but I’m fine the next day); and, heightened, lifted mood despite depression. However severe chronic pain remains.
        Thank you Doctor

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