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Do you ever wonder if probiotics could have healing power?

Probiotics are “good” bacteria touted to help maintain digestive health and boost the immune system. You can take them as a dietary supplement or get them from food sources, such as yoghurt. But should you? They can be helpful in some cases, but we still need more studies to tell us if and when they are safe and effective for older adults.

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Are bugs in pills good for you?

When the gut becomes unbalanced with unhealthy levels of certain bacteria, probiotics can help restore the balance. They’ve been shown to secrete protective substances, which may turn on the immune system and prevent pathogens from taking hold and creating major disease. But we are still learning to understand how probiotics may promote health.

Some studies that suggest if you take a probiotic while taking antibiotics, you’re less likely to get diarrhea caused by the antibiotic. Probiotics taken as a supplement may also reduce the number of colds you’ll have in a year.

Living Foods Vs Dead Foods

Ditch the Dead Food

So, what exactly is “dead” food? If it can sit on your counter for days or weeks and not go bad, then it’s a dead food. These foods are refined, highly processed, often synthetic and have little-to-no nutritional value. Think about foods like cheese-flavoured crackers, meal replacement bars, fruit snacks and flavoured beverages.
Chemicals? Check.
Artificial colours and flavours? Check.
Ingredients on the label that you can’t pronounce? Check.

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The Power of Live foods

The food we eat must be living not dead for the optimum functioning of the cells and hence the body. Living foods are those which have their enzymes intact such as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouts. And fermented foods.

There are several benefits of benefits of having live foods:

  • Increased energy
  • Good means to detox your body
  • Radiant skin
  • Amazing focus of mind
  • Better stress management
  • Optimised metabolism for Weight loss
  • Rich source of vitamins and enzymes
  • And much more……

Some of the best food sources of live foods are as below

sauerkraut
  • yogurt, especially plain Greek yogurt
  • kefir, a tangy dairy drink
  • fermented vegetables such as pickles or sauerkraut.

Sauerkraut (aka “sour cabbage”) was invented long ago as a means of preserving cabbage. Kraut is made by mixing together shredded fresh cabbage and salt and pressing down on the mixture, which releases water and causes fermentation. Fermentation brings to life wonderful microbes, which may be enough incentive for you to eat that little pile of kraut.

Resources
Why Sauerkraut is good for you
https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/why-is-sauerkraut-good-for-me

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If you are finding this topic of interest you might want to watch my YouTube video on

“3 Secrets to Optimal Gut Health”

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Arun Dhir 2021
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Dr Arun Dhir
Surgeon, Health & Wellness Advocate.
Author of “Happy Gut, Healthy Weight” and “Create a New You Health Journal

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