Our bodies contain colonies of beneficial microbes that assist in the digestion and assimilation of nutrients and work in harmony with our immune system to protect us from pathogens.

We get the initial colonies of these bacteria, yeast, and other microbes from our mother when we are born and when we nurse.  We lose large number of them every day, and antiboitics and other modern substances destroy them and leave our bodies out of balance.

There are two natural ways of restoring beneficial microbes: from living and working close to fertile soil, and from eating and drinking fermented foods.

Fermented foods with active cultures include yogurt, kefir, miso, kombucha, kvas, sauerkraut, and kimchee.  If you don’t have traditionally-fermented foods in your diet, you might consider using pro-biotic capsules that contain blends of these beneficial intestinal flora.

According to this recent article from Psychology Today,  mycobacteria from soil actually boost  seratonin levels in the brain to fight depression, and do so in a more selective way than pharmaceuticals such as Prozac.

Studies have shown that overly hygenic environments cleared of soil mycobacteria contribute to the development of auto-immune disorders such as allergies, asthma, and inflammatory conditions.


~ by nolashaolin on December 15, 2008.

3 Responses to “Probiotics”

  1. I love yogurt and sourkraut (not together, of course…LOL) But I believe I do need to get these back into my diet as I haven’t been eating these products as often as I should. Great post — great tips!

  2. […] soil is good for your immune system and your mental health. I’ve posted about this before here.  In over-sanitized modern environments, we do not come into contact with enough beneficial […]

  3. […] posted before about the importance of eating live, fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir or […]

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