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Steps to Kill Hidden Bad Bugs in Your Gut

In recent months, I have become very interested in the gut health of my family.   It is an area that I not only find fascinating, but also empowering when I find other ways to improve it.   While it may sound silly to some, I truly believe that this is where some of our focus needs to go when improving the overall health of our family.   With that being said, check out the following article and smile on to “good bugs” with us…

http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/09/27/5-steps-to-kill-hidden-bad-bugs-in-your-gut-that-make-you-sick/

Source: http://drhyman.com/

Gut Restoration

TIPSy TUESDAYS: Probiotics & Prebiotics

Since I have been trying to restore my gut health, this week’s tips are all about probiotics and prebiotics.   Please note my disclaimer though for I am not a doctor.  Also, if you have anything to add on this area, please feel free to comment and add information.


Disclaimer: This blog is a personal blog and used as a way of sharing and connecting with other readers. The posts, articles, and stories shared on the site are meant as a source of encouragement. In this challenging world of food allergies, I have found reaching out to other parents and people in my shoes to be extremely resourceful and inspiring. Therefore, I want to give back and do the same. The information on my blog is not intended as medical advice so as always, please consult with your doctor.

The more and more I research and ask people about food allergies and health in general, the more and more I continue to hear about the benefits of adding probiotics to our diets. Whether you have food allergies or not, there is a lot of information out there stating the importance of having a healthy gut. I know that I need to continue to find ways to restore healthy bacteria in my own. Even though I have no food allergies, I do have some sensitivities to certain foods like yogurt and regular cow’s milk.

To add, one of the common theories of how to outgrow and/or prevent food allergies is to restore one’s gut by increasing the healthy bacteria in it.   To do this, we add allergen-free probiotics twice a day to my son’s sippy cups.  In addition, I have started to take a probiotic too and added some probiotic foods into my daily diet.

Since our goal is to strength our immune systems and improve our overall digestion, we are always looking for “gut-friendly” foods to help add good bacteria into our systems.


The Basics

What are probiotics? Probiotics are “good” bacteria that control the growth of unhealthy bacteria in order to keep your digestive system strong.

What are prebiotics? Prebiotics are food for probitoics.  They cannot be digested by the human body; however, benefit it immensely.

Probiotics and prebiotics work together to help build and maintain a healthy digestive system and immune system.


PROBIOTIC FOODS

  1. Kefir
  2. Kombucha
  3. Miso
  4. Sauerkraut
  5. Yogurt
  6. Tempeh
  7. Sour Pickles
  8. Kimchi
  9. Sourdough bread
  10. Soft cheeses like Gouda
  11. Fermented meat, fish, and eggs
  12. Cultured condiments
  13. Pickled fruits and vegetables

PREBIOTIC FOODS

“Although all prebiotics are fiber, not all fiber is prebiotic.”

– Cited from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705355/

Vegetables such as:

  1. Raw Jerusalem artichokes
  2. Raw chicory
  3. Raw garlic
  4. Raw or cooked onion
  5. Raw leek
  6. Raw dandelion greens
  7. Asparagus
  8. Beetroot
  9. Fennel bulb
  10. Peas (green and snow)
  11. Sweetcorn
  12. Cabbage
  13. Brussels sprouts
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Collard greens
  16. Kale
  17. Radish
  18. Rutabaga

Grains such as:

  1. Rye bread & crackers
  2. Barley
  3. Pasta
  4. Gnocchi
  5. Wheat bread and bran
  6. Oats
  7. Couscous

Fruits include:

  1. Pomegranate
  2. Watermelon
  3. Apples
  4. Bananas
  5. Nectarines
  6. White Peaches

Legumes include:

  1. Chickpeas
  2. Lentils
  3. Soybeans
  4. Beans

Nuts include:

  1. Cashews
  2. Pistachio

Helpful Probiotic Sources:

http://dailyburn.com/life/health/foods-with-probiotics/

http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/probiotics-15/slideshow-probiotics

http://www.drperlmutter.com/eat/brain-maker-foods/

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrition-vitamins-11/probiotics


Helpful Prebiotic Sources:

http://www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/gastro/prebiotic/faq/

http://www.drperlmutter.com/eat/brain-maker-foods/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705355/


Working to restore and maintain our gut health, we smile on with a little extra good bacteria today and every day for now on…

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Understanding Your Own Microbiome

Here is another article regarding the topic of gut restoration and health. Check it out and let us know your thoughts.  Smiling on to a happy Monday…

The Microbiome Diet: Evolving Past Paleo

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/healthy-living/

Gut Restoration

The Importance Of Bacteria Exposure To Prevent Eczema

Since this is a topic that I am beyond interested in, I wanted to share this post about bacteria exposure and gut health. Check it out and smile on with us…

Our Eczema Story

As a child, we all played in the dirt. And we just rinsed ourselves off under the garden hose. Our parents didn’t use antibacterial wipes on things before we played with them and they certainly didn’t have antibacterial stations around the office (or factory back then).

Our obsession with keeping everything so clean has come back to bite us. Our bodies actually need exposure to bugs to grow strong immune systems. And our immune system needs to be strong to ensure we are healthy. Weak immune systems can cause all sorts of health issues and diseases, one of which we have discovered is eczema.

Check out this ABC News article titled “Study shows bacteria could prevent eczema“, where there is a very good discussion on this topic, as well as gut health which is equally important and can equally cause all sorts of health issues if it is not…

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Restoring Gut Bacteria

Whether you have food allergies or not, there is a lot of information out there stating the importance of having a healthy gut. I know that I need to continue to find ways to restore healthy bacteria in my own. Even though I have no food allergies, I do have some sensitivities to certain foods like yogurt and regular cow’s milk. Below are two articles I found very informative about this exact concern, healing the gut. Once again, sharing is caring so we smile on…

What do you do to promote your own gut or overall health? 

http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/the-four-rs-how-to-restore-optimal-gut-health

http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-5-heal-your-gut/