Natural Probiotic Rich Foods

What Foods Should You Eat for Probiotic Benefits?

healthy couple, healthy diet, lifestyle, wellnessHow about probiotic foods?

This is probably the simplest of these posts.

Probiotics were “discovered” by a researcher in Russia who was puzzled why certain groups of people had such good health. He determined that it was due to the intake of fermented foods, such as yogurt, and began isolating the beneficial bacteria that were responsible.

These foods have been around forever and vary from culture to culture but generally have one thing in common–they are fermented.

This covers yogurts and kefirs, pickles and sauerkraut, the Korean kimchi and fermented tea known as kombucha.

There are such a variety of these foods and so a bit of internet search will help you discover what works and what doesn’t.

However, some cautions, try to avoid fermented products that have been overly cooked, have preservatives or are loaded with sugar. Try to go natural or organic if at all possible and when it comes to yogurts and kefirs there is more benefit to keeping AWAY from the non-fat versions. These are often loaded with sugars, additives, thickeners that interfere with the healthy benefits, and the natural fat can assist in the better assimilation of the beneficial bacteria.

Well, there you have it, Probiotics 101!

PS. Need an oral probiotic? These build a healthy bacteria microbiome in your mouth for improved breath, stronger teeth, combat gum disease and even boost immunity against ear, nose and throat infections. You can buy our oral probiotics here: Advanced Oral Probiotics

Probiotics Supplements

A quick word on probiotic supplements or supplementation

woman, supplement, vitamins, healthy gut, probiotics,While arguably one could rebuild their gut with dietary changes and the introduction of probiotic friendly fibers and foods, the truth is that our modern lives, diets and medicines have stripped our guts of friendly bacteria and encouraged the heavy overgrowth of other bacteria… resulting in some pretty unhealthy guts and people.

There are many reputable companies out there, but here are some simple guidelines in choosing a probiotic supplement:

1. Make sure it is diverse. Your microbiome has quite a complex variety of bacteria, so rebuilding is helped by introducing more than just one or two strains.
2. The bacteria needs to make it into your intestines. This means through the harsh stomach environment. There are processes and encapsulations that assist in this process, so choose a probiotic supplement that is designed to make it into your gut.
3. Many probiotics require refrigeration to preserve the strength of the live bacteria. In this case make sure that the supplement has been stored properly. There are also probiotic supplements that have been specially manufactured for guaranteed potency at room temperature. “LiveBac” is one such process and is the one we use for our oral probiotics. If you can choose such a probiotic then this will be much more convenient and potentially have a stronger potency.
4. If you have the time, take a moment to research each strain. It’s pretty easy to Google and to get an idea of what each strain is best known for.

Finally, realize that rebuilding a gut could take months, so stick with it. Sometimes, when guts are truly deficient, there can be initial stomach upset and such. Use your judgment and perhaps cut back but do realize that this is a live process and can take time.

As a note: our oral probiotics have SEVEN strains of beneficial bacteria to provide a broader spectrum of benefits, they are manufactured using the LIVEBAC process for longer shelf life, ease of use and guaranteed potency PLUS they are engineered for enhanced adherence to assist in the process of “breaking in” to the microbiomes and biofilms in your mouth.

You can buy our oral probiotics here: Advanced Oral Probiotics

Getting Rolling on Building a Healthy Gut

Now a Word about the Next Step in Building a Healthy Gut

healthy lifestyle, healthy girl, smiling girl, probiotics, dietThe dreaded “D” word, DIET… yes, we know the first three letters spell DIE but seriously!

This is not an all encompassing diet post but there are some very simple and very easy steps to help build a healthy canvas for your microbiome to flourish. Doing these steps will help the supplements that you take, and the probiotic rich foods that you eat, have a real boost in establishing that healthy microbiome you need for a healthy life.

First, unless medically required (IMPORTANT), do try to cut back on antibiotic and germicide products… including mouthwashes, cleansers and such. If you don’t really and truly need them then they are doing you more harm than good.

Next, probiotics in your gut LOVE fiber. You can Google “prebiotics” for more information, but there are great fiber foods (asparagus, garlic, leeks, bananas to name a few) that provide fiber that probiotics THRIVE on. You should add these to your diet and perhaps even consider a prebiotic supplement.

Finally, try to limit sugars, simple carbohydrates and difficult food additive that one cannot even pronounce. Fruit juices, sugary yogurts and cereals, white bread… you know the culprits. If you can’t eliminate them, try your best to make them treats and not daily buddies.

The last step will help establish a more balanced environment for the probiotics to flourish… plus you might even be pleased when you step on the scale!

Could Eating Dirt Help Keep Your Gut Healthy? Well…

Is there a way to a healthy gut?

mature man, stomach ache, healthy gut, stomach pain, ibs suffererYes, but first some understanding of how we got to where we are.

Part of the problem lies with our civilized life. While none of us probably want to go back to living in huts or trade in the cleanliness of modern life or stop taking medicines, these factors in our modern lives have played a big part in our sick guts.

Humans built strong immune systems in no small part due to exposure to the dirt, filth and germs of the world. They ate foods that were fermented, or even bad, and were closely exposed to all kinds of bacteria. While this was, and is, not always a good thing the opposite is also true: antibiotics, chemicals, cleansers and “safe” foods have eliminated many of the bacteria we ingested as we evolved. Add to this the refined sugars, simple carbohydrates and major lack of fiber… it is no wonder that we are suffering.

It is so bad that one medical treatment for kids with intestinal problems is to feed them dirt (or worse) just to build up their bacterial microbiome.

While this course is not being suggested there is definitely merit in limiting the overuse of antibiotic or germicides, harsh cleansers and such.

This is also true of the microbiome in your mouth, the ongoing use of antibiotic mouthwashes, toothpastes and other oral products kills off the healthy bacteria as well. Then the consumption of sugars and such helps the “bad” bacteria to overgrow and the next thing you know one has a periodontal disease epidemic in America.

Remember a healthy microbiome will boost the immune system and a strong immune system is the BEST defense against illness and disease.

Part of the problem lies with our civilized life. While none of us probably want to go back to living in huts or trade in the cleanliness of modern life or stop taking medicines, these factors in our modern lives have played a big part in our sick guts.

Humans built strong immune systems in no small part due to exposure to the dirt, filth and germs of the world. They ate foods that were fermented, or even bad, and were closely exposed to all kinds of bacteria. While this was, and is, not always a good thing the opposite is also true: antibiotics, chemicals, cleansers and “safe” foods have eliminated many of the bacteria we ingested as we evolved. Add to this the refined sugars, simple carbohydrates and major lack of fiber… it is no wonder that we are suffering.

It is so bad that one medical treatment for kids with intestinal problems is to feed them dirt (or worse) just to build up their bacterial microbiome.

While this course is not being suggested there is definitely merit in limiting the overuse of antibiotic or germicides, harsh cleansers and such.

This is also true of the microbiome in your mouth, the ongoing use of antibiotic mouthwashes, toothpastes and other oral products kills off the healthy bacteria as well. Then the consumption of sugars and such helps the “bad” bacteria to overgrow and the next thing you know one has a periodontal disease epidemic in America.

Remember a healthy microbiome will boost the immune system and a strong immune system is the BEST defense against illness and disease.

Probiotics 101, is a great gut possible?

Building a Healthy Gut with Probiotics

Probiotics, word cloud, healthy living, eating wellMore and more news about probiotics is generated daily, in fact around the globe probiotic supplements are at the top of the field for some years now.

While these supplements for your gut are certainly beneficial there is a lot you can do for your intestine outside of taking a supplement.

The basic fact is that you are aiming to build up your microbiome.

What is the microbiome, you might ask? Simple answer is the complex bacterial environment where these little microorganisms gather, live and interact… a true example of the whole being more than the sum of the parts.

In your intestines you have such a microbiome and it is a CRITICAL player in the game of staying alive and being healthy. It plays a big role in just about every key function, from emotional health to digestive/nutritional processes to immunity and more. When it is functioning well, in a balanced and active state, then your chances of good health, high energy and even good mood are greatly enhanced.

When it is in a poor shape then all sorts of problems ensue and the stage is set for all kinds of health issues.

So, keeping it in good shape is important!

See our next post for more information!

Bad Breath? How Probiotics Can Help

Excellent reading on how Probiotics help with bad breath found on Huffington Post

 

Bad Breath? How Probiotics Can Help

If you’re staying on top of the world of health products, you already know about probiotics. Different from antibiotics, probiotics are a natural way to help your body defend against outside predators. May sound a bit militaristic, but actually probiotics are about trumping bad bacteria with the good. If you’ve missed the probiotic boat, fear not! You can start now and never be behind. Here are some noteworthy mentions of probiotics to get you up to speed.

There are many ways to freshen one’s breath, from odor-neutralizing tablets to oral rinses. One of the most cutting-edge methods of stopping halitosis is oral care probiotics, according to one article. First, some basics: A lot of mouth odor comes from way further down the gastrointestinal (GI) track, and is caused by how the bacteria that inhabit your GI track metabolize the food you send down there. So changing your bacteria can often change the odors from your mouth.

couple, hugging, smiling, fresh breath

Oral care probiotics is a system of bacterial replacement that may be quite effective in stopping oral odor. A study published in the journal Current Opinion in Gastroenterology echoes this idea. This study was conducted as a review of the advances probiotics have made in the previous year. Results proclaim that this was a great year for probiotics because of products such as oral care probiotics that can be used to treat numerous conditions, halitosis being one of them. Probiotics can help replace the odor-causing oral bacteria with other harmless ones.

Basically, oral probiotics contain “good” bacteria that replace or eliminate “bad” bacteria in the body. Recently, there has been an oral care probiotic that will actually benefit the oral cavity itself. How did probiotics come to be?

According to the journal Communicating Current Research and Educational Topics and Trends in Applied Microbiology, Nobelist and Ukrainian scientist Elie Metchnikoff first discovered probiotics in 1907. Metchnikoff posited that flora growing in the stomach and intestine could be changed by replacing them with new bacteria. He also hypothesized that bacteria within the gut caused aging. He coined the term “gerontology,” meaning the study of longevity. This idea has been disproven, but his other probiotic theory has caught wind. It is possible that ingesting milk or yogurt might change the bacteria composition in the gastrointestinal tract.

Studies have also indicated that oral health can be improved through the use of oral care probiotics — more research is still being done, but there have been great advances made. The European Journal of Pediatrics published a study in 2001 that discusses finding the use of a harmless strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) greatly improved bad breath that came from gastric gases. Yet another, more recent study in the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology showed that Lactobacillus salivarius may combat bad breath coming from the mouth. In this study, Japanese researchers gave subjects with halitosis low amounts of L. salivarius and found that after a month, participants’ oral levels of sulfur-producing compounds had significantly decreased. The Journal of Applied Microbiology also published a study that found a week-long course of L. salivarius dramatically dropped the amount of volatile sulfur compounds in the oral cavity.

As noted in an article, a study in the International Journal of Contemporary Dentistry noted that adding Streptococcus salivarius bacteria into the mouth after rinsing with mouthwash can reduce levels of sulfur on one’s breath — meaning less bad breath. Researchers stated oral care probiotics are able to reduce halitosis by muscling out harmful (and halitosis-producing) bacteria with strains that will not produce oral odors. Other noteworthy applications of beneficial bacteria strains can help the body’s resistance to (and may reduce occurrences) of gum disease, cavities, sore throats and more.

Another article notes the ever-increasing amount of positive studies being published for oral care probiotics. A Swedish study found that the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus may have many benefits for users’ oral health. These beneficial bugs might combat many harmful bacteria that cause the most severe dental problems. Unfortunately, only a small amount of people have active amounts of these microbes naturally in their mouths. Studies done in the 1960s initially showed that 30 to 40 percent of people had Lactobacillus. However, a current study found that this number has sharply decreased to a mere 10 to 20 percent of people. What brought this drastic change? Researchers say it may be due to diet.

Gabriela Sinkiewicz, a Malmo University researcher that led this recent study believes that people don’t eat as much fermented food (such as sauerkraut) and we use preservatives that kill bacteria in both the body and the food we consume. By introducing probiotics into the mouth, we may be able to fight off more harmful bacteria and stop them from infecting our mouths. So if your diet is full of preservatives, perhaps taking an oral care probiotic would be a good choice. Given the rise in probiotics, there is a variety to choose from. As stated earlier, there are now even oral care products that contain probiotics.

While tons of studies are continuing to be done, the articles above do point out the found benefits of using oral probiotics. It may seem like a lot of science, but the basic notion is simple: Beneficial bacteria found in probiotics can replace existing harmful ones. Perhaps probiotics are worth trying the next time you’re looking for a fresh breath solution.

 

Original Article can be found here.

 

Probiotics may ease GERD and other digestive tract issues

Dr Paul O’Malleys take on the article below…

Yes I agree. If a person does suffer from GERD PROBIOTICS MAY PROVIDE RELIEF. Be aware that GERD can have devastating effects on your teeth and gums. The acidity can be so strong as to begin eating through enamel, causing erosion, severe wear, sensitivity and even tooth loss.
So from a dental view point it is crucial to handle this condition. Meanwhile taking our “Advanced Oral Probiotics” can begin strengthening the oral cavity while the GERD is being addressed. With our 7 strain blend it may regulate a more healthy environment and PH. This will become the way of the future and I highly recommend it.

Dr. Paul O’Malley

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Probiotics may ease GERD and other digestive tract issues

Man having a stomach ache. GERD

Man having a stomach ache–GERD

Most people are not immune to the occasional bout of acid reflux or heartburn. However, when such unpleasant occurrences take place on a fairly regular basis, one might be suffering from a chronic digestive disease known as GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease.

GERD involves the flow of stomach acid or some of the contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus, which then causes irritation to the lining of the esophagus. Among the potential signs and symptoms of this condition include chest pain, difficulty swallowing, a burning throat, a sour taste in the mouth, a sore or hoarse throat, and acid reflux, or regurgitating food or sour liquid.

Traditionally, a person suffering from GERD might be placed on a regimen of over-the-counter medication or a stronger protocol of prescription pills. In worst case scenarios, surgery may be needed. However, more and more health experts are pointing toward probiotics for their potential to aid GERD and other digestive health issues.

The University of Maryland Medical Center lists probiotics as part of the nutrition and dietary supplement approach to treating or managing GERD, recommending a probiotic supplement that contains five to 10 billion colony forming units, or CFUs, per day.1 Probiotics can help ease digestive health issues like this because they can help boost the level of good bacteria in the digestive system, balancing out any bad bacteria.

In an article titled “Stress and the gut: pathophysiology, clinical consequences, diagnostic approach and treatment options,” which was published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, the authors recommend probiotics as a possible remedy for a variety of digestive health issues, including GERD.

The article states: “Finally, probiotics may profoundly affect the brain-gut interactions and attenuate the development of stress-induced disorders in both the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.”2

One of the main ways probiotics may act to help alleviate digestive health issues such as GERD is by helping to reduce the negative effects of stress on the body’s gastrointestinal system, like inflammation. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that giving probiotics to mice helped to reduce the inflammation. The findings from this study were published in June 2013 in Gastroenterology.3

References

1University of Maryland Medical Center. Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Umm.edu.http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/gastroesophageal-reflux-disease. Updated September 2011. Accessed July 2014.

2Konturek, P.C., Brzozowski, T. & Konturek, S.J. (2011). Stress and the gut: pathophysiology, clinical consequences, diagnostic approach and treatment options. J Physiol Pharmacol, 65(6), 591-599.

3Sun, Y., et. Al. (2013). Stress-induced corticotropin-releasing hormone-mediated NLRP6 inflammasone inhibition and transmissible enteritis in mice. Gastroenterology, 144(7), 1478-1487.

 

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