A daily powerful probiotic is one of the most effective ways, I believe, to staying healthy and keeping the colds, coughs and flues away.
Good bacteria in our large intestines take care of the last part of digestion, and are part of our first-line defence against bad bacteria. A healthy environment full of healthy bacteria deters bad bacteria from multiplying. Bad bacteria does the opposite and strains the immune system by producing more toxins every day.
How much Good bacteria do we need?
A minimum of 80% good intestinal bacteria (leaving 20% for bad bacteria) would be ideal. However, if we are living a modern lifestyle, we’re more likely to have a reversed ratio.
It is our lifestyle, and especially our diet and detox/cleansing habits, that determine to a large extent this bacteria content. What we feed, grows. Simple.
Good bacteria ‘hold space’ so bad bacteria can’t have it, they digest food providing nutrients and strengthen our immunity, on the other hand ‘Bad’ Bacteria make us bloated and gassy as they create more toxins, weaken our immunity leaving us susceptible to infection and disease.
Where does Bad Bacteria come from?
Eating a diet of non-organic proteins, fibre-less processed cooked foods, sugar & alcohol, caffeinated and carbonated drinks, medicating (instead of nutrition and cleansing), toxic cosmetics and household products… Get the idea??? These all create an environment in the body in which the wrong kind of bacteria thrive. Using wide-spectrum antibiotics can effectively kill good bacteria as well as the unwanted kind.
Resulting in more Colds, Flues, Chronic Infections, Acne, IBS, Bloating/Gas and other gastrointestinal disorders . All signs of a digestive system out of balance.
Unfortunately, we are often surrounded by advertising encouraging us to consume and create this kind of unhealthy internal environment, and our bodies can only deal effectively with a certain amount of the resulting toxicity.
With modern medicine we are seeing a longer life-expectancy, however, many people are ‘propped up’ the help of regular medication. Cancer, depression, heart and blood disease – all these are increasingly common.
Mainstream research is starting to link healthy strong immunity with the good bacteria content of the intestines, and is recognising that the extensive use of wide spectrum antibiotics diminishes the overall immunity and health of the patients. read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100127095945.htm
Getting Good Bacteria In You
For our health we need to support the growth of good bacteria on the outside and inside of our bodies. We can do this by not disinfecting our skin or surfaces unnecessarily, by not feeding the bad bacteria, and by providing good bacteria with nourishment.
Surfaces do not remain ‘clean’ for good. When we disinfect a surface, externally or internally, as in the use of wide-spectrum antibiotics, we are creating a platform for the growth of hardier bad bacteria. Good bacteria will not be able to grow there.
- Probiotic and pre-biotic rich foods (see full list below) include yogurt, kefir (a fermented dairy drink), miso or tempeh. Look for the phrase “contains live cultures” or “active cultures” on the label.
- Eat Organic whole foods, unprocessed – fresh raw fruits, vegetables, green leaf, nuts and seeds as well as cooked whole grains with lots of fibre. Include edible wild foods that grow around you.
- Enzymes, Hydration and especially Fibre contribute to the health of your digestive system.
Here are some ‘Pre-biotic’ foods that promote good bacteria in the intestines mostly when eaten uncooked:
Raw Chicory root: 9.3g (about 1/3 oz) Raw Jerusalem artichoke: 19g (3/4 oz) Raw Dandelion greens: 24.7g (Just under 1 oz.) Raw Garlic: 34.3g (1.2 oz – make sure you have some mouthwash handy!) Raw Leek: 51.3 g (1.8 oz) Raw Onion: 69.8g (2.5oz) Cooked Onion: 120g (1/4 pound) Raw Asparagus: 120g (1/4 pound) Raw Wheat bran: 120g (1/4 pound) Wheat flour, baked: 125g (1/4 pound) Raw Banana: 600g (1.3 pounds).
When we go into an old woods, or a mountain, a natural environment where animals are dying and defecating as usual, we find the air to be fresh and clean. The soil is fertile. This is because living organisms have a symbiotic relationship with bacteria, is helps us grow and it helps us compost, releasing nutrients into the soil. The bad smell associated with bowel movements, for example, has a lot to do with the lack of good bacteria content. A healthy bowel movement smells inoffensive.
In fact, you can become your own ‘health inspector’ or ‘scientist’ if you like, by keeping your bowels in good condition, with ample good bacteria. Which will enable you to quickly notice when there is a negative symptom, pain, change of smell, or composition, and to find a healthy response to the need your body is expressing.
Importance of Fasting & Colon Cleansing
To reclaim your health and immunity, cleansing is essential. Reducing the burden of toxicity enhances functionality and balance of the body, and inspires an internal mental-shift by reducing internal toxicity levels. Karuna Detox Retreat, our sister company, leads detox programs since year 2000, offering the expert guidance you need to achieve your health goals.
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Fasting and cleansing focusses on the colon and intestines, the main elimination channels. By fasting we enable the body to process and release constipated ‘left-overs’, mucous and toxins caught up in them. When given a break from digesting new food the system works to repair and maintain itself, first by eliminating waste products from our cells via lymph system, the intestine and and the other of elimination: skin, liver, kidneys, lungs.
Dr. Bernard Jensen, colon ‘guru’ and author of ‘Tissue Cleansing through Bowel Management’, recommends a five sep program to cleansing
1. Removing old accumulated matter in the gut
2. Changing diet to a cleansing diet, stop eating the toxic diet.
4. Colonic Cleansing/Flushing with Colonic irrigation / Enemas.
5. Cleansing the mind of old habits/patterns.
As mind and matter are inter-related cleaning one is felt in the other.
To your Health!