Feed the Bacteria in your Gut
Probiotics for Health
To keep ourselves healthy we need to pay attention to the needs of our digestive track—from our lips to our anus.
The busy little denizens in our gut process our food is being harmed by our eating habits and the very food that we eat. They need some attention.
Preservatives are put into our processed food to delay spoilage and they do this by killing bacteria. All is well and good but I have trillions of friendly bacteria, especially in my large intestine that work to digest my food—they too, get harmed.
- We can help keep them healthy by adding some basic raw foods to our diet.
- We can add to their population by eating some yogurt, kimchee, raw sauerkraut, kefir or other fermented food. Be careful to select “live culture” yogurt.
- Be careful with pickled foods as they are probably “killed” and have no live culture that you are searching for. They also may be super-preserved and, in this case will kill more of the bacteria that keep us healthy.
- The supermarkets and health food stores carry a product called “Probiotics” which has billions of bacteria but they are basically all of one kind—usually acidophilus.
- Now we need to talk about “prebiotics”, these are raw foods will almost certainly have a good supply of supply of “bacteria for the gut’ that will help assist you in being a happy camper.
- Many people, especially a good many long-distance-runners, try to eat at least 80% of their food as raw food and refer to it as “live” food because heating and processing destroys the basic elements that they want in their diet.
An easy and enjoyable way to begin this eating plan is to do it one step at the time. Keep adding raw food to your diet until you have eliminated that which you want out of your diet.
Bolthouse Farms Inc. I found a decent supply house for a nutrient dense greens drink that is inexpensive and delicious. This drink includes a good many of the trace elements that we are missing in our daily diet. No coloring’s, flavorings or preservatives. The price that I paid was $6.00 for 52 ounces. That is a two week supply for me at the price of one pack of good cigarettes.
I was surprised that many of the local super markets carry it. Giant Eagle is one.