There just seems to be times in my life when a particular topic just keeps coming up over and over again. At the moment, that topic is biotics. Not just pre or pro but anti as well.
Biotics broken down is about what pre, pro and anti biotics are, why we need them (yes, we do need them all) and how to use them in your life.
Prebiotics feed the good bacteria that are already in your gut. They improve the good-to-bad bacteria ratio that has been shown to directly improve overall health & wellbeing.
Prebiotics are specialized plant fibers found in most fruits and vegetables however, only in very small amounts (typically 1-2g’s per serve). You need approx. 25g of fiber per day. 1 teaspoon of Psyllium Husk Powder has about 7g. 1 cup of lentils has 15.6g of fiber.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Probiotics help move food through your gut.
They have been used to treat:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Infectious diarrhoea and antibiotic-related diarrhoea
Some research shows they have helped with:
- Skin conditions, like eczema
- Urinary and vaginal health
- Preventing allergies and colds
- Oral health
Why drink or eat live probiotics over taking a tablet?
Live probiotics have more strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast than tablets and they are alive and active. Lab produced probiotics are often a single strain of bacteria. The microflora increase the bioavailability of the nutrients in all the foods you eat by hundreds of times.
The nuclear bomb of both good and bad biotics in the body, antibiotics are an indiscriminant killer of bacteria. Whilst antibiotics have been used to improve and increase human lifespans, over-use and misuse have resulted in what may be a permanently altered microflora in humans that could have consequences that we don’t even fully understand yet. Changes in our microflora may even be promoting the transmission of deadly organisms.
Antibiotics are known to cause diarrhoea, which may be due to infection by antibiotic resistant pathogens as well the various consequences of reduced concentrations of fecal microflora.
Patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are found to have reduced concentrations of fecal Lactobacillus and Bifdobacteria, which protect against pathogenic bacteria & increase mineral absorption.
How to get Pre and Pro biotics into your life
Increase your natural plant fibres by having a couple of tablespoons of psyllium husk in water every day, and increase the amount of fresh green leafy vegetables in your diet. Add lentils and other legumes where possible.
Buy a kombucha or water kefir kit and make it yourself. It’s a quick and easy process and then you know exactly what you are drinking plus you can make it to your taste with the flavours you like.
I have just finished a short instructional video on re-batching and flavouring your home brewed kombucha. Watch it on You Tube to see how easy this really is.
Order a pack for regular home delivery. This is the best option for people who either don’t want to or don’t have the time to make your own. Juzcit’s Kombucha and water kefir are brewed exactly as you would at home, no hidden nasties.
Add a tablespoon of sauerkraut to your salads or add as a side to your nighttime meal.
Regular inclusion of different probiotics plus eating plenty of prebiotics to feed them will create a lasting change to your gut.
Kombucha – _The Low Down
Kombucha is a probiotic brewed black tea that has been used as a health drink for thousands of years. Kombucha is naturally low in sugar, increases the beneficial organisms in your gut. This in turn assists your bodies natural detoxification process, aids in the absorption of nutrients and minerals and supports the nervous system (just to name a few of the benefits). This also leads to fighting harmful candida yeast overgrowth, increased mental clarity and mood stability.
Another surprising and unexpected benefit of Kombucha is the one of the enzymes that is produced is glucosamine, a preventive and treatment for all forms of arthritis and increases synovial hyaluronic acid production. This aids preservation of cartilage structure and can prevent arthritic pain.
Water Kefir – _The Low Down
Kefir is only similar to Kombucha in that it is a natural living probiotic drink that is low in sugar.
Although Kefir has a similar process to Kombucha it produces slightly different bacteria, has a different flavour – more like sweet, slightly carbonated lemonade and has no caffeine.
Drinking Kefir on a daily basis reduces symptoms of irritable bowl syndrome, supports the body’s endocrine system (think hormones) and can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Kefir is also safe for diabetics to drink however; they should monitor their blood sugar levels. The beneficial bacteria and yeasts present in the water kefir grains metabolize the sugar, turning it into an array of beneficial acids and microorganisms, B vitamins as well as food enzymes.
If you want to learn more about how to brew your own probiotics, visit my website for instructions and free recipes.