Probiotics 101 (How to Balance Your Digestive Health near Andover, MN)
Historically, traditional diets across the globe have supplemented with fermentation (many with natural “Probiotics”) through their food. Many options are available today to make yourself or to purchase-thanks to a variety of fermented foods from different ethnicities.
Through cooking processes, including pickling, fermented foods were included with many meals. These were in the form of beverages, yeast breads, condiments, soups and protein sources like yogurt.
This helped keep the digestion in balance. People enjoyed a regular bowel movement whereby constipation, diarrhea, loose stool, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, feeling tired after eating, and other disturbances were uncommon and a serious cause for concern. Nowadays, this is all too common.
Beneficial “good” bacteria or microorganisms and yeasts were understood in traditional diets as an essential part of health to maintain a continued balance in digestion.
This was before refrigeration and pasteurization, folks. Fermentation meant food could be stored and preserved for later use. This prevented spoiling of food.
How Fermentation Works
Fermentation breaks down fats, carbohydrates and proteins in food, making it more easily digestible, rich in enzymes and nutrients.
Many fermented foods are “probiotic.” This allows “good” bacteria to re-build in the intestine. Another benefit is through eating lacto-fermented foods (not always from dairy) with a meal-this can enhance the nutrients of other foods consumed in the meal as well! Ackerman Acupuncture treats pain due to digestive disorders near Dayton, MN.
How Modern Diet Hurt “Good” Bacteria in the Digestive System
Modern processed foods have replaced most fermented foods, which are not as readily available, and thus have fallen out of common use. Refrigeration, factory processing, pasteurization, and sterilization standards have cooked and removed the natural bacteria, enzymes and yeasts that our guts once benefited from.
Many of these processes are necessary in the factory farm scheme where massive quantities of animal products are being processed at once-to ensure safety to the masses…another good reason to shop from local farms if you are in a position to do so.
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Through years of absorbing antibacterial soaps through our skin, taking broad spectrum antibiotics in pill form and ingesting antibiotics pumped into meat/ poultry and dairy, we have become accustomed to thinking of ALL bacteria- as “bad.”
It is crucial to understand that some of this mentality is creating treatment-resistant strains of highly infectious bacteria. This is why it is so important to supplement our diets with a variety of raw, cultured, fermented and Probiotic foods in order to gain and retain the balance of our gut health.
You May Need to Supplement with Probiotics if…
You Experience these Symptoms…
- Acid Reflux (GERD)
- Bloating or Low Energy, especially after meals
- Constipation/ Diarrhea or both
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- IBD (Symptoms: Severe diarrhea, fatigue, pain and weight loss)
- (IBD Crohn’s / IBD Ulcerative Colitis)
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Gut Health, Digestion & Probiotics (near Ramsey, MN).
In your gut you have what is called gut flora. Gut flora is made up of different types of bacteria or microorganisms.
These microorganisms in your gut help to:
- properly digest food
- protect you from the “bad” microorganisms
- detox harmful substances
- make vitamins & nutrients
- balance the immune system
Probiotics help your gut flora perform this job so digestion can operate smoothly so you can actually absorb nutrients properly for optimal energy and health.
Common Causes for Digestive Imbalances
Gut flora is very sensitive to changes in the modern diet and is easily imbalanced by:
Common Diseases/ Syndromes Linked to Digestive Imbalances
- Colorectal Cancer
- Diabetes type 2
- Heart Disease
- Metabolic Syndrome
Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.
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Learn how to build “Good” bacteria in the gut:
- What are Probiotics?
- High Quality Probiotics (Pill form)
- High Quality Probiotics (fermented food/ beverage form)
- Foods to Eat
- Foods to Avoid
- Lifestyle Tips
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