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The world of Kefir
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Why does having lots of good bacteria impacts our health so much? Because we have more bacteria in our body than we have the number of cells.
When we are infected by a bad bacteria, we can be sick for days. When we ingest food contaminated with bad bacteria, we can have diarrhea, vomiting and develop a fever. Just as much as bad bacteria can do us much harm, good bacteria can bring us much good.
Our current state of diet and poor lifestyle literally wipe out colonies of good bacteria. It really is little wonder that we suffer ill health in many different form.
What are some important roles good bacteria or probiotics play in our body?
Digestion and Elimination
In the digestive tract, probiotics help to balance our intestinal pH, digest lactose, improve nutrient absorption and improve IBS symptoms such as abdominal bloating, gas, constipation and chronic diarrhea.
One reason many suffer from IBS is the prevalent use of antibiotics. Not only do we receive doses of antibiotics from our doctors, we ingest them indirectly from our food chain. For example, from the chicken we eat. Unless you are consuming free range organic chicken, the chicken on your dinner plate has been give feed that contains antibiotic. And don’t forget the chicken nuggets, chicken burgers, chicken pie and the list goes on.
The health of our immune system is strongly linked to the health of our guts. As such, you can imagine how very important for our guts to be ruled by good bacteria and not the bad pathogenic ones!
Probiotics actually play a role to break down bacterial toxins, prevent food poisoning, prevent infections by producing natural antifungal and antibiotic substances, prevent and control thrush and bladder infections as well as protect against and improve autoimmune diseases. Besides that, probiotics are also found to have antitumor effects and helps in conditions of eczema, allergies and asthma.
Even in our mouth, probiotic plays a protective role. They protect our teeth and gums against dangerous bacteria which cause gingivitis and periodontitis.
Probiotics improve our metabolism and promotes healthy body weight. It breaks down hormones as well as rebuilds new ones. It breaks down old and worn out bile acids and manufacture 5-10% of short-chain fatty acids. In addition, it also reduces blood ammonia levels for those who suffer from liver disease.
Probiotics actually are able to manufacture vitamins such as vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 and K. They also manufacture essential fatty acids and makes flavonoids usable by our body. Flavonoids are the colorful health compounds found in plants.
Research has also shown that probiotics normalize cholesterol and support healthy blood pressure levels. Thus enhancing the health of our heart and circulatory system.
To receive the broad spectrum of benefits of probiotics, it is important for us to eat all types of fermented foods, Different types of fermented foods contain different strains of bacteria. For some, it is a good idea to add a probiotic supplement that may contain certain strain of bacteria that you know you need in order to overcome your health issue.
Kefir – an excellent choice pf probiotic food
Kefir is hailed as one of the top 10 superfood for good reason. Containing a broad spectrum of bacteria and friendly yeast, it is highly nutritious with all the nutrition of milk and so much more.
Therefore, in seeking to better our health through an improved diet, including a probiotic supplement and consuming lots of probiotic food is certainly a wise thing to do.
- CY Wong
Article uploaded Nov 11, 2014