Sunday, May 30, 2010

Your Appendix has a purpose!

Not all bacteria are bad. In Fact certain Bacteria are symbiotic and vital to our ability to break down food and nutrients to a form our body can readily use.

There is a constant struggle in our Intestines, one that strongly regulates our overall health.  Thor says: Enjoy a good struggle, but not in your gut!

The Good Bacteria feed on Prebiotic food. Conveniently, the Food they want is what we eat for our own health, Meats, Vegetables, Nuts, some fruit.

The Bad Bacteria feed on Sugars, Grains, and the garbage we shouldn't be eating anyways.
Starve them out!

Your Appendix has a purpose. It has been shown to serve as a repository for Good Bacteria.
When you get sick, diarrhea or other intestinal issues, take an antibiotic(gah!) or otherwise harm your Good Bacteria, The Appendix releases its stores of Healthy Bacteria and resets your system.

Gut Health ties back to such an incredible # of diseases, because it is the primary helper of your immune system. Good Bacteria will help clear out the bad bacteria. A clean system means your immune system can focus on cleaning the rest of your body instead of being tired and exhausted of resources from having to fight in your gut constantly. This is why Sugar and Grains cause you to get sick, Its like sending ammunition to the enemy in the middle of a war, that they shoot back at you!!! Politics aside, this is what we do on a daily basis when we eat Sugars and Grains!

Good Bacteria is responsible for breaking down carbs into short chain fatty acids, which the body can then use. We do not have a process for breaking down starches on our own.

people on the Standard American Diet (SAD) have horrible gut flora. Gas, Indigestion and very very weak immune systems. constipation etc. The list goes on and on.

You need to do 2 things.

Stop sending ammo to the enemy.

Bring in reinforcements.

Probiotics and Prebiotics. Getting alot of news coverage lately, these are the Omega3 of the Yogurt Industry... kinda humorous considering most of the yogurts include SUGAR (Feeding the Enemy) and they usually only contain one strain of bacteria and unknown quantities.

Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra Ultimate Probiotics Formula, Capsules, 90-Count BottleThe other alternative is popping freeze dried pills. I personally dont know if theyre working, if the bacteria are alive, etc... in addition, the Prebiotics(a fancy way of saying Bacteria Food) arent packaged with them, therefore the newly awoken billions of freeze dried bacteria have nothing to eat and starve or get flushed out before they can setup camp.

The First Choice should be Food. Raw Food in particular, now im not recommending you eat everything raw. Tho I love Sushi and munch on fruit and veggies often... this is the best way to get these bacteria as Heat kills bacteria.

Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture FoodsFermentation. Lacto Fermented Food that hasn't been pasteurized. Homemade Sauerkraut etc. Note: most store bought varieties are mixed with preservatives that fry the good bacteria.
Also look for natural pickles,

Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
is a great read/recipe book for Natural Fermentation.

Lifeway Original Kefir ( 32 Fl. oz )Yogurt/Kefir - The easiest way to get live active cultures.
If you're buying either, be sure to look for 3 things.

  • Live Active Cultures. Usually 1 or 2 in Yogurt, 10+ in the right Kefir!
  • Low to No Sugar. seriously.
  • Full Fat. Feeds you and feeds the healthy bacteria. Low Fat makes you fat!
I love the Greek Style Kefir, available at most Grocery Stores.


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