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Probiotics - Your Gut Superhero Unveiled

This Natural Approach Eases Gut Problems
You may be hearing a lot more about probiotics than you ever have before. In my colon cleansing profession probiotics are a necessity and a non negotiable for all of my clients. These liquid or capsule forms are so important for health in your whole body, and yet they have been over looked for years. Obviously by the nature of my work I see many people complaining of chronic bloating, gas, constipation, IBS and food allergies. As a colon therapist, digestive health specialist and holistic allergist; I do my best to get to the root of the issue and help my clients find healing. The root is often easily found in a diet assessment looking specifically at what people are putting into their bodies and what they are not.
Research has shown that probiotic supplementation may be as important if not more than taking a multi-vitamin. This is because of the important role gut bacteria play in your overall health. The microbes in your gut influence far more than just your digestion – their influence extends to your skin, your heart, your mood, your weight and even your blood sugar. In many ways, your health is rooted and determined by your gut bacteria.
“I take probiotics every day in my yogurt; Activia has probiotics in it.”
If I had a dollar every time I heard this response, well I would simply retire. The marketing scheme is bang on with yogurts containing good bacteria. Unfortunately once this “food” is processed all of the beneficial bacteria and nutrients are destroyed, that includes the measly 2 billion probiotics that may have been in there.
New research has also shown promising correlation between your gut bacteria and it’s role in preventing multiple sclerosis an auto immune disorder that is on the rise. Good bacteria may be the link in protecting your nerves and influencing your immune systems inflammatory response. That could be good news for many of the auto immune disorders afflicting the quality of life we deserve.
Do you suffer from gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, headaches, or sugar cravings?
All of these are signs that unhealthy bacteria have taken up residence in your gut, which is actually not surprising considering how vulnerable your good bacteria are to the environment. My clients and prospective clients are always afraid colonics will “wash away” or “flush out” their good bacteria. It amazes me how little people can know about their own health and bodies that they assume they even have any good bacteria in their gut. Especially when I look at their diet and see they have chronic issues with more than one of the above symptoms.
Colonics are the least concern for flushing good bacteria from your bowel. Your lifestyle can and does influence your gut flora on a daily basis, and your gut bacteria are extremely sensitive to: Antibiotics, Chlorinated water, Antibacterial soap, Agricultural chemicals, Pollution and a Poor diet. Eating sugar actually nourishes the bad or pathogenic bacteria yeast and fungi in your gut. Following your colonic we always give you a probiotic, and recommend that you take them on a regular basis.
Eating a healthy diet helps the beneficial gut bacteria flourish, which results in restoring your health. Eating fermented food will also help you to replenish your body with good bacteria. Fermented foods include Lassi (an Indian yogurt drink, usually eaten before dinner), Kefir (fermented milk, unpasteurized only), and pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash and carrots, Natto (fermented soy). When choosing fermented foods, stay away from pasteurized versions. Pasteurization destroys many of the naturally occurring probiotics. The “probiotic” yogurts you find in every grocery store have been pasteurized. They will also typically contain added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colouring, or artificial sweeteners all of which will only worsen your health.
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