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The Importance of Probiotics.

When I was having some health challenges I knew that it had something to do with my stomach and intestines. With the addition of adding probiotics into my body, I started feeling better within days.

Our gut is the healthline of our bodies. Our stomach and 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system, and a robust, well-functioning immune system is your number one defense  against all disease. Maintaining a healthy gut flora is far more important than you might think.

At any point in time there are about 500 different species of bacteria living inside you – totaling about sixty trillion bacteria. Some of these bacteria are referred to as “good,” and some as “bad”. The key to good health is not to completely eradicate bad bacteria, but to maintain a healthy balance. Things like medications, diet, diseases, and your environment can upset that balance. The most common way to upset the balance of good and bad bacteria is the use of antibiotics. The good bacteria in your gut are very susceptible to damage caused by antibiotics.

When good bacteria is lacking, a number of bacteria-related health problems such as digestive upset, headaches, sluggishness, irritability, cadidiasis, and even anxiety can ensue. Good bacteria in the gut is important to keep the immune system primed to more effectively fight infection from invading pathogenic bacteria. (1)

What are Probiotics?

The term probiotics comes from the Greek word “for life.”  Anti means “contrary or against.”  So antibiotics means “against life.” Antibiotics kill bacteria…the bad and the good. It’s kind of like the movie line that says: ‘Kill them all and we will sort them out later!’

Most probiotics are bacteria, similar to those that occur in your gut naturally. Probiotics help keep our flora in our intestines in balance. Probiotics are essential to a fully-functioning immune system, and can be increased or restored through the intake of certain food products and supplements.

Symptoms of lack of good bacteria.

The Addition of Probiotics Are Crucial For:

  • Protection against over-growth of other microorganisms that could cause disease.
  • Promotes mental health.
  • Helps reduce diarrhea and diaper rash.
  • Helps digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.
  • Builds Immune System.
  • Helps IBS sufferers.
  • Reduces negative affects of taking many types of antibiotics.
  • Aids in preventing and treating colon inflammation.
  • Reduces lactose intolerance.
  • Helps prevent yeast infections, candidasis, and vaginitis.
  • Aids in digesting food.
  • Helps correct and heal digestive disorders.
  • Good Flora promotes the prevention of halitosis.
  • Promotes anti-tumor and anti-cancer activity in the body.


How to protect you gut and bring probiotics into your diet:

I have always added probiotic supplements to my diet but then learned of the different ways of incorporating foods that build healthy flora into my body.

Fermented foods are the most effective source for providing probiotics for your system. Yogurt, sauerkraut, Kefir, Kombacha, buttermilk, and other fermented foods are the best way to get these healthy bacteria into your body.

Kefir: One of the best and least expensive ways to get healthy bacteria into your diet is to obtain raw milk and convert it to kefir. The bacteria and beneficial yeast in kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract, and this makes it far superior to yogurt. For directions to making your own, go here.

Goat Milk Products: .Goat’s milk and cheese are particularly high in probiotics like thermophillus, bifudus, bulgaricus and acidophilus.

Yogurt: Look for brands made from goat milk that has been infused with extra forms of probitoics like lactobacillus or acidophilus. Some of your store bought yogurts contain sugars including fructose, corn starch, and modified corn starch. There are other questionable ingredients added for flavor and consistency. Homemade yogurt is much better for you and easy to make. I have to add honey or fruit to mine to sweeten it up. Homemade yogurt that is fermented for 24 hours, as recommended in the book ‘Breaking the Vicious Cycle‘, will have an average concentration of 3 billion cfu of yogurt. What does this mean? Well, if you were to eat a small bowl  of 24 hour fermented homemade yogurt, you would receive 1.5 trillion beneficial bacteria – 100 times more bacteria than a 15 billion capsule of supplemented probiotics. Go here for a recipe for crock pot yogurt.

Sauerkraut: Last year, BBC News reported that sauerkraut could cure the avian flu (bird flu) and other studies show it reduces the risk of breast cancer. If buying commercial sauerkraut, choose high quality from the refrigerated section of your store. Best choice: make it yourself. Here is just one recipe.

Kimchi: An Asian form of pickled sauerkraut, kimchi is an extremely spicy and sour fermented cabbage, typically served alongside most meals in Korea. Besides from beneficial bacteria, Kimchi is also a great source of beta-carotene, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, B1 & B2. Kimchi is one of the best probiotic foods you can add to your diet, assuming you can handle the spice, of course.

In conclusion:

The owner of a health food store told me at one time, that if she could only choose one supplement to take, it would be probiotics.  As a part of your overall health care, I would say that getting probiotics in your diet should be one of your top priorities. It is a daily addition to mine.

Be happy and healthy.

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(1) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100127095945.htm

Happy Stomach photo: Kenjiro Sano

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The Amazing Castor Oil

Amongst my top ten favorite natural items in my cabinet is Castor oil!

From constipation to cancer, Castor Oil can be credited with helpful benefits to many ailments. If you are looking for a way to keep your skin smooth or rid it of sun spots, castor oil should be something that you may want to try.

As an external oil pack, it has been used to treat a variety of health conditions such as arthritis, liver and intestinal disorders, tumors, breast and ovarian cysts, fibroids, congestion of abdominal organs, small benign cysts, skin conditions and adhesions from surgery.

Castor Oil can bring  back memories of mom or grandma forcing us to take castor oil as a child to keep bowels regular. This wonderful oil is much more than a laxative! Many cultures through the centuries have credited it with miraculous healing properties.  Dr. McGarey reports that in his clinical practice, no single remedy has surpassed castor oil in treating so broad a range of disorders,

Our lymph system is essential to our immune system. Castor oil has a profound influence upon the lymphatic system and the autonomic nervous system. In the face of any health problem, make an effort to improve the function of the lymphatic system using the topical application of castor oil, oil packs, and massage. *

Constipation
Castor Oil is most well-known for its ability to act as a stimulant laxative to ease constipation. The components in Castor Oil first act to stimulate the walls of both the small and large intestines. It is this purgative action of the colon walls which work to move impacted fecal matter through and relieve symptoms associated with constipation.

The effects of Castor Oil should start within five or six hours of ingesting.
When using Castor Oil internally you should follow the directions of either your doctor or follow the directions on the bottle. Important: Examine the properties of the castor oil. The castor oil should be pale or light yellow in color and indicate that it is cold-pressed; which means the castor oil is in its true natural form and contains the nutrients your body needs to relieve constipation. Some retail stores will sell castor oil specifically manufactured for industrial uses and will be toxic if ingested.

Boost Your Immune System
Dr. David Williams has a great article about how Castor Oil can boost your immune system and Lymphatic System. The lymphatic system is an amazingly complex structure. It works hand in hand with both the blood circulatory system and the digestive system. According to studies, castor oil could increase the number or lymphocytes in our body. Lymphocytes are required to ward off disease causing germs from our body. Castor oil strengthens the immune system. It is beneficial for the function of the thymus gland, lymph nodes,lymphatic tissues lining the small intestine and the spleen. Castor oil absorbed through the skin is capable of improving the function of the lymphatic system.

You can read Dr Williams article here: http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/benefits-uses-castor-oil

Arthritis Treatment
Make a castor oil pack, and place it on a joint where there is pain, but not when there’s acute inflammation. To make it, pour three or four tablespoons of castor oil in a pan, heat the oil until it simmers, then saturate a flannel cloth with the oil. After you place this cloth on the affected joint, cover it with a larger towel and place an electric heating pad over it. Keep it in place for 30 to 60 minutes. This castor oil pack can be saved for future use by simply rolling up the cloth and placing it in a Ziploc bag.
A. 2009 study found that castor oil effectively relieves arthritis symptoms.xiii


Relieves Sleeplessness and Insomnia
If you suffer from insomnia, rub a little castor oil over your eyelids before going to bed. Castor oil applied this way will bring about a feeling of deep relaxation for a peaceful slumber without the use of drugs.

Skin Infections
If you are looking for an easy home remedy for skin fungal infections like athlete’s foot then use this natural anti-fungicide. Stubborn infections such as toenail fungus can also be treated successfully with castor oil. For skin diseases, a cloth is soaked in Castor oil and the affected area is then wrapped with this cloth and left overnight.

Moles
A paste is made from a pinch of baking soda and small amount of castor oil. Apply this paste on the affected part of the skin and let it remain overnight. Repeat this for many days to get rid of skin moles. I have heard of people using castor oil without the baking soda but applying heat to the area.

Skin Problems
Castor oil can also be helpful in treating acne. It can control acne and even clear up the skin. Topical application of this oil can improve the skin’s appearance. Castor oil is an active ingredient of anti-acne soap bars that help moisturize and purify the skin. The oil has the ability to heal skin quickly. Massaging with Castor oil can eliminate rashes, blemishes and acne. The topical application of castor oil is very effective in curing skin infections. People suffering from skin inflammation, itching and skin irritation, are often advised to use castor oil to ease the discomfort.

Colic and stomachaches
Castor oil is a well-known and powerful purgative for the bowels. Warmed and massaged onto a  belly, castor oil is comforting and effective for relieving colic and expelling intestinal gas.

Alleviates Menstrual Pain and Cramps
Since the castor oil penetrates the skin you can  massage some hand-warmed castor oil over the lower abdomen to relieve period pain and menstrual cramping. Using the castor oil pack method over the lower abdomen can also help reduce menstrual ovarian cysts.

Cancer
As far as cancer, I will just post some links for you to do a bit of research on your own.
Breast Cancer, Skin Moles, all others I recommend the book, The Oil That Heals: A Physician’s Successes With Castor Oil Treatments. I highly recommend Castor Oil packs for any discomfort in these areas.

Castor Oil for Skin Tags
MyHealthnFitness.com recommends mixing some castor oil with baking soda to form a paste. Apply the paste to your skin tags three or four times each day. Covering the area with a bandage will keep the paste moist. The treatment is not painful and within two weeks, the skin tag will supposedly dry up and fall off. However, there is no evidence to support the effectiveness of this treatment. Read more here.


Women’s Issues
Please read the following links and testimonies before you go through with radical surgeries or any other invasive actions.

http://www.drmomma.org/2010/02/castor-oil-pack-therapy.html

http://thepcosfactor.blogspot.com/2010/08/castor-oil-therapy-self-massage.html

http://skinverse.com/castor-oils-many-forgotten-uses-part-1-medicinal-values.html

http://edgarcaycediet.com/Articles/castor_oil_packs.htm

http://www.naturalfertilityshop.com/Articles.asp?ID=202

http://proliberty.com/observer/20000615.htm

*http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/benefits-uses-castor-oil/


What are the Side Effects of Castor Oil?

Castor oil is normally safe if used in moderation. However, pregnant and lactating women and people with intestinal blockage, acute inflammatory intestinal disease, appendicitis, or abdominal pain should not take Castor Oil without their doctor’s approval.

*Castor oil therapy is not recommended for use during menstruation and pregnancy.

Helpful hint: You can get by without a heating source. Just apply the castor oil following the previous instructions, and cover with a sock with the end removed over joints and take a brisk walk and exercise.

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