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Friday, February 24, 2012

Promoting Probiotics Again? Enough of That Already...

Our Inner Ecological System and the Outer Ecological System...How are They Connected...?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Hey Hon, These Guys are Pretty Darn Smart...!

A very, very large group has learned to live in complete harmony....
Image of blood cells 
Imagine this: upwards of 50 trillion separate organisms, all with their own brain, own digestive, elimination, sensing and 
communication system. Originally, they were living alone and separately. They competed for energy in the form of food, light and oxygen.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Can Probiotics Make Me Even Happier......?

Image of Ms Muffet from children's nursery rhyme
Ms Muffet and
Her "Curds and Whey"--
a traditional fermented food
Fermenting increases probiotic content of foods and drinks. This article talks about fermented foods and the advantages of the probiotics they produce. In mice, researchers are beginning to link probiotics to improved mood because of their effects on neurotransmitters.

What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are a dietary supplement containing live bacteria or yeast that promote normal intestinal flora. Loosely translated the word means "for life." A word probably made by combining the Greek, "bios" meaning "life" with the Latin word "pro." The word first emerged in the 1950's.

Kefir: An Ancient Use of Probiotics...
Kefir is an ancient fermented drink made from goat or cow milk and is often associated with cultures that traveled from land to land, people to people. Fermented foods and drinks, such as kefir, produce beneficial probiotic strains.

Live Kefir Grains 
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Probiotics Strains Improve Immunity...
Probiotics are associated with improved immunity.  It is thought by some that nomads intuitively understood this. Using a probiotic rich drink such as Kefir would have  been useful in warding off non-native, bacterial infections to which these travelers would have been exposed.

Probiotics and Improved Mood...
Likewise, ancient travelers became aware that this ancient fermented beverage also made them feel happier.  Such a recognition makes sense to us. We understand good mood to be the result of a healthy small intestine or "gut". The lining of the gut -- referred to as intestinal flora -- when balanced with beneficial bacteria, creates the proper culture for producing the neurotransmitters associated with mood.