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The number of Americans with autoimmune diseases has doubled in recent years, with the prevalence of illness’ such as: rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, lupus, and allergies of all sorts steadily increasing. There are ways to reduce your risk of developing these illness and others by maintaining a healthy level of probiotic bacteria in your body. Things like antibiotics, chemicals, and food poisoning, can lead to a depletion of healthy bacteria in your stomach and digestive tract. Bacteria also contributes to the regulation of our immune reactions, when healthy probiotics latch onto the lining of the digestive tract, they fuel the growth of healthy immune cells, helping to improve overall health. The newest research even indicates that probiotics may be used to treat autism.

According to the National Institute of Health:

Probiotics can reduce diarrheal incidence, lactose intolerance, lower serum cholesterol, stimulate the immune system, control infections, act as antibiotics, suppress tumors, and protect against colon or bladder cancer by maintaining a healthy intestinal microflora balance.

kefir2How Can You Get More In Your Diet?

Kefir

Mentioned as one of the “oldest remedies known to man,” this type of fermented milk drink contains about 10 times more good bacteria than most yogurts and boasts 42 different bacteria compared to just two types in most yogurts. The composition of the Kefir depends on the type of milk that was fermented. It tastes a lot like yogurt, but is tangier with a little fizz to it. Like yogurt, but to a greater extent, it helps to recolonize the intestinal tract. It’s available in natural food stores and various supermarkets.

In Your Veggies

Increase the intake of unpasteurized fermented vegetables, like brined pickles, olives, sauerkraut, miso, and Korean kimchee. By consuming probiotics will increase your bodies defense against autoimmune diseases in as little as four weeks.  One good source of probiotics can be fermented vegetables, which are homes to Lactobacillus plantarum (and other bacteria). These bacteria are efficient probiotics that heal the digestive tract lining, and encourages the production of healthy immune cells.

Probiotic Supplements

Saccharomyces boulardii is non-pathogenic yeast and it is manufactured and sold as another type of probiotic. It gets into and helps to colonize your digestive tract with healthy flora, the flora helps to switch on the genes which assist in regulation of the immune system. They are conveniently offered in supplement form, available on Amazon, and in various markets. According to University of Kansas researchers, the Now Foods Saccharomyces Boulardii brand carries roughly five billion healthy bugs per capsule, and many leading brands of over-the-counter probiotics seem to have the cell counts they claim. It’s used to help treat irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and recent studies continue to lay the scientific foundation of its health value.

Go Bananas
Bananas are one of natures richest sources of Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which are natural compounds that help the probiotics in our system to grow and thrive. The more FOS in our diet, the easier it is for our body to keep probiotic levels in good balance.

Good health prevails when the “good bacteria” in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract are properly colonized, and more often than not; ill health is the result of the accumulation of too much “bad bacteria” or, inversely, too little “good bacteria”. There are trillions of bacteria living in our gut, and our body needs a variety in order to maintain overall good health. But a lot of the food that we eat, and things that we do, kill off good bacteria and leave space open for harmful bacteria. This causes an imbalance which then leads to the deterioration of our overall health. By taking probiotic supplements, and treating our bodies with respect, we can help to reverse the damage and assist our bodies in maintaining good health.