Probiotics Keep You Youthful
No one wants to age faster, yet, this is happening everyday at an above normal rate. Probiotics can play an important role in protecting the aging process.
Through proper cleansing and a diet full of nutrient dense whole foods we can slow down the aging process, and actually make our cellular structures younger and more responsive. But to do so, several items need to be addressed, and one of them is the health of the gut.
What you see in the mirror is a reflection of what’s going on inside the body, and the health of the gut is of prime importance. Even doctors have said that over 90% of all diseases begin in the gut, due to an unhealthy intestinal environment.
A diet high in cooked and processed food is hard on the digestive system, lack enzyme activity, and does not support the house keepers of the gut – the good friendly bacteria or flora (known as probiotics). Our friendly bacteria watch over the gut … and are assigned to and responsible for many different functions that take place in the intestinal system.
Eating a diet high in nutrition and fiber, and drinking plenty of healthy water are important for regularity and intestinal health, but unless the house keepers of the gut are also supported, and replenished, numerous things are jeopardized.
The Wonder of Probiotics: the following list will provide you an insight as to their contribution to keeping you healthy and youthful
• Responsible for, or connected to, 50-70% of the immune system.
• Produces antioxidants and combat yeast and fungal infections.
• Responsible for creating an environment for serotonin production. In fact, 90% of serotonin is produced and housed in the gut.
• Kills bacteria by producing substances that act like antibiotics.
• Contributes to mineral absorption.
• Improves digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats by secreting enzymes.
• Strengthens the lining of the gut.
• Helps combat allergens, bloating, gas, and yeast overgrowth.
• Produces B vitamins and folate.
• Helps to inhibit food poisoning.
• Reduces cholesterol.
• Promotes regular bowel movements.
• Limits the action of disease causing bacteria.
• Helps maintain blood sugar levels.
• Inhibits multiplication of cancerous cells.
• Balances intestinal flora.
• Reduces symptoms of menopause.
• Reduces risk of diabetes.
• Helps the body defend against diseases such as Chron’s, Candida, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and other diseases caused by unhealthy gut flora.
Prebiotics and Probiotics
Prebiotics are food or fiber that probiotics consume for energy, and help healthy bacteria already living in the gut to grow and flourish.
Prebiotics can be found in the following foods:
- Jerusalem Artichokes
- Dandelion greens, kale, chard
How to Support Gut Health
1. Personally, I supplement with a highly active probiotic and eat cultured, fermented foods, such as non-dairy yogurts, coconut kefir, sauerkraut, miso, etc. I do this on an ongoing basis to help replenish and support higher levels of healthy, friendly bacteria … thus strengthening the body and supporting vibrant health
Other Foods with Probiotics
- Pickled ginger
- Authentic sourdough bread (made with real sourdough)
2. Supplementation – my personal recommendations: Puraliyf probiotics or Liyfbiotic probiotics – both contain 5 powerful bacterial strains that synergistically work together and target different functions. These probiotics are also proteolytic, meaning they help break down undigested proteins that have accumulated in the gut. Their products also contain a prebiotic, coming from the Jerusalem artichoke. (See enzymes/probiotics).
I also invite you to read a recent review of their probiotic in comparison to other probiotics tested. Theirs was shown to be pure, with a triple A plus rating, which is representative of all the products they produce. Read Report
3. Make your own non-dairy yogurt and eat it daily:
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