(NaturalNews) How do you know if you have a weak immune system? Simply put, frequent colds and flu, slow healing wounds or autoimmune conditions like, rheumatoid arthritis indicate compromised immune function. Thankfully, there is a natural way to strengthen immunity by consuming probiotics.
Can probiotics really stop infectious diseases? The short answer is yes! Dr. Colin Hill, at a Society for General Microbiology meeting, said “in all three animal diseases we observed a positive effect in that the animals were significantly protected against infection”. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Nadia Ernestus will talk about the best probiotic-rich foods to eat and why supplements are NOT a good alternative.
Does all yogurt have probiotics? (the answer may surprise you)
I don’t want to offend yogurt lovers out there but, most commercially-produced yogurts have been pasteurized (over heated) – which tends to lower (and destroy) the friendly bacteria needed by the digestive system. Not only that, many brands have too much sugar and contain genetically manipulated ingredients. And, as we all know, too much sugar and GMOs only increase the risk of immune-related disorders like, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), allergies and a host of infectious diseases.
As an example, Chobani Greek Yogurt states that its yogurt comes from “cultured pasteurized nonfat milk”. This would indicate that the product has been heavily processed to remove the fat – which, by the way is needed to help digest protein – leaving behind skim milk. Not only that, when you look at the label more carefully – it reveals 15-17g of sugar (depending on the flavor) per 5.3 oz. serving. And, on top of that, when asked about their probiotic content, they say ‘no one has any idea’. (I called them and that’s what they said)
Conversely, most high quality probiotic-rich foods like raw sauerkraut and miso often contain less than 2 grams of sugar and trillions of healthy microorganisms compared to the probiotic-deficient commercial brands of yogurt. Bottom line, not all probiotic foods are created equal and, on the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, we’ll explain why.
What does the scientific literature say about probiotics?
In 2011, experts at Yale University reviewed the scientific literature and concluded that probiotics can effectively be used to treat many health issues like, preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea and to prevent eczema associated with cow’s milk allergy.
In the Journal of Pediatrics, Lactobacillus species have been shown to be a safe and effective form of treatment for children with infectious diarrhea.
Published in the prestigious international journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, probiotics have been shown to treat anxiety and depression related disorders.
In 2012, at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, probiotics were shown to reduce blood levels of LDL cholesterol. There are literally thousands of studies showing the health benefits of consuming probiotics like, lower blood pressure, better skin health and the elimination of chronic fatigue.
This week’s guest: Nadia Ernestus, Certified Holistic Health Coach and fermented food expert
Learn which probiotic foods to eat and why certain supplements are a waste of money – Sun. Oct. 5
Nadia Ernestus is a highly regarded nutritional and lifestyle Certified Holistic Health Coach based in The Hamptons, New York. A graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Nadia is a leader in her community, bringing to life the latest nutrition and wellness philosophies and practices in her popular innovative interactive workshops.
With a graduate degree in Psycholinguistics from the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, Nadia moved to the United States from Russia in 1981. After being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, she reversed her diagnosis without pharmaceutical medications within a few months through healthy eating, and has kept her sugar at non-diabetic levels ever since. She is committed to sharing her knowledge about the healthiest foods on the planet plus lifestyle options designed to improve energy, balance and wellbeing.
Why are probiotics such a hot topic? Because improving digestive health is the key to reversing disease symptoms. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and Nadia Ernestus talk about the difference between ‘real’ probiotics (in food) and pill form; why you should be eating probiotics (every day) and a very interesting discussion about a little known probiotic drink from Russia that has great health benefits.