Natural Probiotics and Superfood

Long before freezers and canning machines were available people in ancient times knew how to preserve fruits and vegetables in season for the long winters when food was scarce.

The fermentation process was accomplished through lacto-fermentation, converting the sugars into lactic-acid and giving the fermented foods its characteristic sour taste. It is also a natural preservative and inhibits putrefying bacteria, preventing these foods from rotting. Vegetables and fruits are converted into lactic acid by its many lactic acid producing bacteria. These lactobacilli are ubiquitous and are present on the surface of all living things and especially plentiful on all leaves and plants growing near the ground.

This makes some vegetables such as cabbage, cucumbers and beets ideal for the many digestive issues. Sauerkraut (sour white cabbage) or cabbage juice has a long history of providing benefits for a variety of health conditions.

This superfood is made from finely shredded cabbage and salt which preserves the cabbage for the first few days while the probiotic bacteria begin to grow. These probiotic bacteria are extremely beneficial to human digestion and are the mechanism that turns cabbage into a super nutritious food. Naturally fermented sauerkraut does not contain vinegar, the sour taste comes from the process of fermentation.

 

Acidophilus (Lactobacillus) and Bifidobacterium

Our good bacteria is most commonly disrupted by excessive sugar and carbohydrate consumption, stress, drinking chlorinated water, excessive alcohol consumption and the frequent use of colas and other carbonated beverages.

Most over the counter medications and prescriptions of anti-biotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers and anti-biotics are also to blame for an interruption in our good bowel flora flora.

Antibiotics, are effective in killing germs and disease causing bacteria but they are also effective in killing our beneficial bacteria.

It is important that beneficial microbes inhabit the digestive tract to keep unfriendly bacteria, such as candida, in check.Often the situation can be improved by supplementation of foods rich in beneficial bacteria. Food such as cultured yogurt, buttermilk, cottage cheese, whey and other soured milk products or by supplementing with a good source of pro-biotics.

The two main types of pro-biotics in foods and supplements are Acidophilus (Lactobacillus), and Bifidobacterium. They are the key elements to our overall health and well being. They are live micro-organisms and  aid in the synthesis of B-complex vitamins and vitamin K, and along with 400 other species provide a variety of benefits.

Different strains provide different benefits and the effects vary from person to person. These pro-biotics may also help to prevent constipation, reduce bloating, and even lower blood pressure and cholesterol and are effective in keeping the unwanted pounds off

Supplements typically contain between 2 to 6 billion active cells per capsule. Natural ways to increase the amount of friendly bacteria in your intestinal tract is eating a fiber-rich diet containing non-digestible fiber such as oatmeal, flax seed, onions, garlic and a variety of leafy green vegetables.

Ancient Chinese Secret

It is reported that after China discovered silk, they chose to keep it a secret from the rest of the world for nearly 2000 years! While man has spent decades trying to copy silk with products like synthetic satin, nothing has ever come close to providing the benefits of the real thing.Sleeping with a silk pillow case is an ancient Chinese beauty secret. In fact, it is also known as the anti-aging secret to prevent wrinkles and hair loss. [Read more…]

Silver Kills Bacteria

BabyVirtually anyone reading this probably had a drop of silver nitrate dropped into their eyes after birth, which became standard practice at the end of the 19th century to prevent blindness, in the event that the mother had a venereal disease.

During the 14th century in Europe about 25% of the total population died from the Bubonic Plague which swept the continent. Only the Gypsies seemed to be immune from the ravages due to their practices of using small amounts of ground-up silver in their veins.

Silver kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and mold. Silver is a powerful natural anti-biotic and was used to prevent and treat infections in the late 19th and early 20th century for a variety of ailments. However in the early 1940’s the medical profession turned its attention to pharmaceuticals drugs and ant-biotics.

Silver is an important trace mineral and minute particles were found in soil before it became depleted by overuse and now the only way to get silver one needs is in liquid form. There has never been a reported allergic or toxic reaction. Excess silver may be deposited in the skin and tissue and can cause discoloration.

Mold and Penicillin

mold and penecillinWe have not always relied on the latest and the newest medicines as remedies for different health issues. At one time we used what was available even if it was something as primitive or disgusting as a piece of moldy bread, urine or honey.

Egyptians used honey for wound dressing and ancient Indian healers reportedly used urine as treatments with great success.

As mold is the father of modern antibiotics, we will explore the example of moldy bread and its anti-bacterial properties in general. One of the earliest examples of natural antibiotics was in ancient Serbia, where old bread was pressed upon wounds to help to prevent infection. This form of treatment actually contained an early raw form of penicillin. Mold use was also practiced in China and Greece with similar results.

With the mass production of bio-chemical antibiotics that followed, the quantities were large enough that animals could be used in experimenting with antibiotics and this later lead to the large scale manufacturing in the early 1940’s.

Over time some strains of bacteria began to adapt and became resistant to antibiotics. Today not all antibiotics work for all bacteria due to the acquired resistance.

Some of the reasons are inappropriate antibiotic use for viral infections, such as the common cold and the use of antibiotics as growth promoter in agriculture given to livestock in the absence of disease.

Practices, such as antibiotics, are effective in killing germs and disease causing bacteria, they are also effective in killing our beneficial bacteria.

Microbes Mindcrobes

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The number of Microbes Mindcrobes living within the human body of the average human adult are estimated to outnumber human cells 10 to 1 and are found mostly on our skin, the respiratory tract, the digestive system and the oral cavity. Microbes Mindcrobes control every aspect of our lives. Exposure to bacteria and/or viruses (Microbes Mindcrobes) and our interaction with these invaders will largely depend on the health of our internal environment and our mental/emotional state.

In order to understand how changes in the Microbes Mindcrobes populations affect us we must consider lifestyle, nutrition, personal hygiene, exposure to stress, pollution and the environment.

Many single organisms – Microbes Mindcrobes exhibit intelligence of a kind not seen in other species of the animal or plant kingdom. They neither have nervous systems nor brains, but harbor an internal system that can be equated to a biological computer. To solve newly encountered problems, they assess the situation, recall stored data of past experiences, and then execute information processing, transforming the colony into a super brain. [Read more…]

Antibiotics and Bacterial/Viral Infections

Anti-biotics and Bacterial/Viral InfectionsOften the label bacteria or virus are used interchangeably, although there is a significant difference between the two forms.

The biggest difference between viruses and bacteria is that viruses must have a living host – like a plant, animal or human – to multiply, while most bacteria can grow on non-living surfaces. Bacteria are intracellular organisms (they live in-between cells), whereas viruses are intracellular organisms (they live inside the cell).

Antibiotics can kill bacteria but not viruses.  An example of a disease caused by bacteria is strep throat and an example of a viral infection is the flu.

Bacteria are single-celled micro-organisms and carry all the necessary material needed for their growth and reproduction. Bacteria usually reproduce asexually – meaning that each cell divides into new, genetically identical cells, with each cell functioning as an independent unit. This process is known as binary fission and each cell will continue to multiply until the growth condition diminishes. The population growth curve for bacteria is an exponential curve, whereby with each generation the number of bacteria doubles and under ideal circumstances a single E.coli bacterium can grow to more than one million bacteria in as little as three and a half hours. For one Mycobacterium tuberculosis to generate the same number, again under ideal circumstances, may take as long as ten days.

Viruses are sub-microscopic particles and are the smallest and simplest life form known, they are 10 to 100 times smaller than bacteria. Opinions differ on whether viruses are actually a form of life, or organic structures that interact with living organisms, without a cellular structure or their own metabolism, they need a host cell to reproduce. Once inside a cell they reproduce millions of copies the cell will burst and the newly created viruses are in search of another living organism to infiltrate. Viruses may cause systemic infections. Vaccines and anti-viral medication help to slow the reproduction of the virus but it is difficult to eliminate. All viruses are harmful.  Read more…

The Eruption of Teeth and Bacteria

The presents of nutrients, soft tissue and secretions make the mouth a favorite habitat for a great variety of bacteria. At birth, the oral cavity is composed solely of the soft tissue of the lips, cheeks, tongue and palate which are kept moist by the secretions of the salivary glands. The eruption of teeth during the first year leads to the colonization of some bacteria which require a non-epithelial (non-soft) surface and will inhabit this area for as long as teeth remain.

The creation of the supporting structure of the teeth increases the habitat for the variety of microbial species.

The complexity of the oral flora continues to increase with time, with more varieties to colonize around puberty. These bacteria benefit their host who provides nutrition and an ideal environment for these micro-organisms and these normally occurring bacteria make it more difficult for unfriendly invaders to become established.

Aging and menopause can bring oral health problems – the same processes that lead to loss of bone in the spine and hips can also lead to loss of the alveolar bone of the jaws, resulting in periodontal disease, loose teeth, and subsequently tooth loss.

To prevent serious damage, regular dental examinations and professional cleaning to remove bacterial plaque under the gum-line and daily oral hygiene practices are essential, including brushing, flossing and rinsing with salt-water solutions.  Read more…

 

Full Moon and Lyme Disease

dreamstime_s_48834235-The fact that Lyme disease has different effects on different people makes it difficult to diagnose. Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the Borrella burgdorferi bacteria, also known as Lyme Borreliosis and is more often spread in late spring, summer and early fall – it is at that time that deer ticks are most active.

Tick bites often go unnoticed because of the small size of the tick in its nymphal stage, as well as tick secretions prevent the host from feeling any itch or pain from the bite. However, transmission is quite rare, with only a small percentage of recognized tick bites resulting in Lyme disease.

There seems to be a direct correlation between a full moon and an increase and worsening of symptoms in a person battling Lyme disease and since very little information exist on this subject it cannot be adequately explained. What is certain though is that when a full moon occurs, many people enduring Lyme disease are affected.

So what do we know about this subject matter?  Well, we know that a full moon occurs every 29.53 days.  We also know that the reproductive cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi is roughly every 28-30 days.  What has been observed, but not understood is that these two events seem to coincide – they happen at the same time continuously.  Based on these facts, one may be inclined to reason that the uncanny and mysterious effect of a full moon acts as reminder or alarm clock for borrelia burgdorferi to reproduce.  Possible, but many people experience an increase in symptoms in not just a full moon, but a new moon as well.  Without definitive, certain or conclusive evidence, one can only assume there is a mysterious correlation between lunar activity as a whole and Lyme disease.

Gut Flora and Mental Health

dreamstime_s_35272610The human body is home to about 100 trillion micro-organisms — that means there are about 10 times as many bacteria, fungi and viruses as human cells in your body. Increasing evidence shows these microbes play a significant role in our health, both physical and mental.

Researchers have long known that gut bacteria influence brain function. There is evidence of interplay between hormones, the intestinal bacteria, pro-biotics and mental functions. An imbalance in bowel flora may lead to depression, anxiety and mental illness.

Just as there are neurons in the brain, neurons are also in the gut. These neurons produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, which are also found in the brain. In fact, the greatest concentration of serotonin, which is involved in mood control, depression and aggression, is found in the intestines, not the brain. It’s quite possible that this might be one reason why anti-depressants, which raise serotonin levels in your brain, are often ineffective in treating depression, whereas proper dietary changes can often improve anxieties or depression related behavior naturally.

Gut bacteria play a vital role in the immune system, chronic pain conditions, diabetes, obesity and autism. By altering dietary intake to include more vegetables, fiber and pro-biotics instead of high fat and carbohydrates based diets many physical and mental conditions can be improved.  Read more…