Probiotics: A way to Great Health & Longevity

Probiotics are commonly referred to as “Live Healthy or Helpful Bacteria or Yeast” residing in our digestive tract. Probiotics can be found in form of supplements or in form of food. Probiotics are key to better health, stronger immune system and are used to treat various digestive disorders, mental and neurological disorders.

Gut aka Digestive tract contains billions of live bacteria or yeast which are second largest part of our nervous system directly communicate with our brain via Enteric Nervous System and that is the reason why gut is considered as our Second Brain.

Most of people with complex disorders or diseases don’t realise that the origin of their problem usually lies in their digestive tract which usually is overgrowth or imbalance between healthy and unhealthy bacteria or yeast.

Role of Probiotics:

  • Helps in absorbing nutrients and fighting infections; absorption of various vitamins and absorption of food

  • Controls the population of Bad bacteria and yeast; prevent dysbiosis and protection against certain diseases

  • Production of Vitamin B12, K and other short chain fatty acids (acetate, butyrate, propionate); anti cancer and anti inflammatory properties

  • Production of Antibodies and killer cells; protection against infections

    Killers of Healthy Bacteria 

  •  Frequent or repeated use of Antibiotics

  • Chlorinated Water

  • Sugar and Sugar products

  • GMO foods

  • Refined Carbohydrates (grains)

  • Chemicals and Pesticides

  • Emotional Stress

Dysbiosis

It is known that your digestive tract should comprise of 85% of healthy bacteria and 15% of bad bacteria. When there is imbalance between two ratios it is known as “Dysbiosis”

Conditions associated with Dysbiosis (imbalances between healthy vs bad bacteria or yeast) 

  • Autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, colitis 

  • Digestive disorders like IBD, IBS, Indigestion 

  • Neurological disorders like schizophrenia, depression, ADD, ADHD

  • Skin issues like eczema, acne,  dermatitis 

  • Hormonal disorders like thyroid, diabetes

  • Immune system disorders like frequent cold and flu, influenza, food allergies and sensitivities 

  • Metabolic disorders like hypertension, insulin resistance, obesity, cravings and addictions 

Different Kind of healthy Probiotic Strains

  • Bifidobacterium strains:  B.bifidum, B.longum, B.breve, B.infantis 

  • Lactobacillus strains: L.casei, L.acidophilus, L.bulgaricus, L.brevis, L.rhamnosus 

  • Bacillus strain: B.subtilis, B.coagulans

  • Sacchromyces boulardii (yeast)

Ways to increase the Healthy bacteria in your Gut 

  1. Eat more sour food like fermented vegetables like cabbage, onions, carrots, sauerkraut, kimchi, kanji (Indian fermented black carrot made with salt and water and keeping it in sun) and apple cider vinegar

  2. Consuming more probiotic rich foods like curd or different type of kefir (Indian chaas made in traditional manner from cow milk)

  3. Feed the probiotics with soluble fibre through consuming beans, chia seeds, flaxseeds and sweet potatoes

  4. Take a quality Probiotic supplement

  5. Get your hands dirty in garden which will expose us to various bacteria and virus and provides us long lasting natural immunity

Probiotics-Diet

Identifying a High Quality Probiotic Supplement

  • Brand: look for most of high reputed brands like poliquin, vital nutrients, xymogen

  • High CFU count: look for brand containing minimum of 15 billion or above of live organism

  • More diversified strains are, better they are

  • They should survive and able to colonise in your digestive tract like the strains mentioned above in article

Effects of Antibiotics of Gut flora 

Effects of antibiotics .jpg

 

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