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Eat Your Germs, PROBIOTIC BACTERIA
By Sanjay Gupta, M.D. Thursday, Mar. 27, 2008
No doubt you have heard that yogurt is teeming with bacteria--and no doubt you try not to think about that as you dig into a cup of the stuff. Yes, they're supposed to be good bacteria, ones that not only don't make you sick but actually improve your health. Still, a spoonful of critters with unlovely names like Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidus regularis will never sound like a palate pleaser to even the most dedicated health nut.
Whether or not you've ever developed a taste--or even a tolerance--for living things in your lunch, more are on the way. Food companies have been coming to the conclusion that if a few of these superstar bacteria are good for you, then more will be even better. This is giving rise to a small but growing product line called probiotics, in which the bacteria population is boosted, sometimes considerably. For consumers, of course, the question is, Do these products work?
Probiotics have been around for a long time, mostly in the form of dietary supplements. They're also found naturally in foods like yogurt, buttermilk, sauerkraut and tofu.
"The superstar bacteria stick around in your intestines a lot longer," says Dr. Gary Huffnagle, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan and co-author of The Probiotics Revolution. In the digestive tract, the bacteria help regulate and restore peristalsis, the rhythmic motion of the intestine that pushes digested food through. There's a reason one of the bugs has the word regularis as its second name, and this intestinal toning is it. "Doesn't matter if you are constipated or the opposite," Huffnagle says. "These bacteria can help make you, um, regular."
Huffnagle's research also suggests that the bacteria can battle numerous kinds of allergies--and not just food allergies. This is a somewhat harder scientific case to make, but Huffnagle's belief is that since anything you breathe you may also swallow in at least some quantity, the good bacteria in your gut could help control allergens.
Not everyone is sold on probiotics. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is relatively neutral, using the growing popularity of the products as an opportunity to caution manufacturers not to pitch the foods as some sort of panacea for any specific disease. More important, some people should avoid the products altogether. Those with weakened immune systems or who are critically ill would be well advised to stay away from eating live bacteria. Certainly anyone in the hospital would also count.
Furthermore, the products can take a little getting used to, even for the otherwise healthy. If you are new to the world of probiotics and you suddenly start eating a lot, there is a good chance you could experience uncomfortable bloating.
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"You have just started a civil war in your intestines between good bacteria and bad bacteria," Huffnagle says. Fortunately, the war is usually over in one or two weeks, and, stresses Huffnagle, "the good guys win."
The colon contains trillions of bacteria, which help regulate the environment and ensure that disease-causing microbes are destroyed. For a healthy colon and well functioning digestive tract, keep the level of friendly and unfriendly bacteria in balance. Avoid using antibiotics, or if you must, be sure you take a probiotic supplement (giving the body more "good bacteria"). Consuming yogurt also provides this.
PROBIOTIC BACTERIA. Name What it's said to do Foods that may contain it Bifidus regularis Regulates the movement of food through the digestive tract Yogurt Lactobacillus casei Inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria; boosts immunity Cottage cheese Lactobacillus acidophilus Aids digestion; diminishes effects of bad bacteria in the intestines.
Probiotics - *Homemade "yogurt"
Ingredients: (Not many)
2 to 4 liters of milk - a half to 1 gal.
1 portion of plain “yogurt” the single portion, pick the thickest brand.
1 tiny spoon of sugar
Some coffee cream (depends on taste)
You don't need much to prepare your own Thickest, Richest, and natural "yogurt".
Poor the milk in a casserole, on medium fire and let it boil 3 to 5 minutes max.
Heat: very important, Dip your index “finger” in the casserole, 5 seconds is the right sustainable heat, that tells you the right-temperature to add your bowl content…
Bowl: take about 2 cups of the boiled milk, poor it in a large bowl, incorporate the small cup of plain yogurt, add a small spoon of sugar, to remove the milk acidity, shake the mixture to a blend with a spoon, here you can add some cream you use for your coffee for the extra-notch to the taste, my grandma used to say; "Butter is life, Cream is heaven"
Empty the bowl in the casserole, shake the whole thing well with a wooden spoon, and you are Done.
Cover up the casserole, put in on a blanket and wrap it with it, then toss it in a warm corner of your kitchen, for a minimum of 6 hours. I usually prepare my yogurt at night before bed time, so I pick up the casserole in the morning and cool it in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. Your yogurt is finally ready!
Some times when I pick up the casserole from the fridge, there is a yellow liquid which is the milk water, just drain it slowly, not to lose the yogurt. when the receipie is a success, your yogurt should be Thick.
A Very important factor is the right temperature 5 seconds index finger dip resistance to the heat, & the exact right time for the mixing.
You can serve it natural, or on roasted potatoes instead of sour cream, for full taste enjoyment with less calories or simply add a big spoon of your favorite wild berries jam, or any one you like, to a cup of yogurt; dessert time, Voilà, and bon-appetit!
Enjoy your healthy yogurt any way you like it, sometimes I use it in the hot summer days liquified as a refreshing drink, with a touch of salt; Thurst-buster, Cheers!
Natural Plain Yougurt contains:
Bifidus & Casei Cultures
"Plain yogurt have naturally occuring probiotics, helping your body naturally eliminate toxins and support shedding excess weight."
Note: You can always add probiotics supplement to your daily diet. Happy & Healthy Colon Cleanse!