A jug of super healthy coconut water kefir!
Coconut water kefir a drink that provides an incredible dose of beneficial good bacteria without any artificial ingredients or harmful sugars. It is my new staple daily drink and its a very refreshing alternative to fizzy soda drinks that are filled with unhealthy sugars and additives!
Did you know that bacterial cells on your body out number your human cells by a ratio of 10:1?
Many different varieties of bacteria are responsible for the optimum functioning of various life functions such as your immune system, digestion, metabolism and even your thoughts and mood.
The fact we have trillions of bacterial cells in the body means 20 billion is hardly going to make an impact on your health. The only probiotic brand that has been tested to have positive peer reviewed results for helping with autoimmune and G.I issues is VSL3. It has 450 billion bacterial cells per serving.
They only found real benefits at the optimum dose of 1500 billion cells twice a day, proving that you need a mega dose for it to work. VSL3 is very expensive and may not fit into your budget, especially if you have to take such a large dose regularly.
Thankfully you can make your own trillion count probiotic from home for less than a $1 per serving!
Keep reading to find out how…
The importance of probiotics for a healthy gut.
A healthy gut is the key to optimal health. Ancient healing practices such as Ayurveda and Chinese medicine state that many diseases begin in your gut and so healing should be focused there too.
Your gut naturally contains millions if not trillions of beneficial and pathogenic (bad) bacteria. More and more research is emerging on just how important these organisms are to your overall wellbeing.
Our diets and fast paced way of life has a big impact on the balance of good and bad bacteria in our gut. An over-consumption of refined foods, use of prescription medication, alcohol and leading a high-stress lifestyle can all disturb that balance.
The presence of too much bad bacteria in your gut leaves you with a weakened immune system and you are more susceptible to disease. A healthy balance allows the body to eliminate harmful toxins, chemicals and other unwanted products from the system.
Good bacteria leads to great mental health.
It is believed by many alternative medical professionals that all disease begins in the gut, especially within the Ayurveda world. Your gut is considered to be your “second brain” and not surprisingly so. Your brain and gut are constantly communicating with each other, but it has been found that the gut is sending a whole lot more information to the brain than the brain to the gut. The information is carried through the “vagus nerve” which runs from the brain to the abdomen.
The balance of bacteria in your gut directly influences how the vagus nerve operates as the micro-organisms in your gut release a number of chemicals which influence your mood. For example glutamate is one of the body’s top neurotransmitters that is produced by bacteria in your gut. Glutamate is linked to your memory, cognition and learning.
Maintaining a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria within the gut may be the answer to delaying the onset of degenerative disease in the elderly such as alzheimers and dementia. Many alternative medicine programs also utilise probiotics to treat patients who suffer from PTSD, autism and mood disorders with positive effect.
The gut flora: You and your 100 trillion friends: Jeroen Raes at TEDxBrussels