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Friday, October 26, 2007

Living Probiotics and the Gastrointestinal Tract

What are living probiotics and why are they important to our overall health? As I was researching I found this excerpt from http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/. This is what it said, " The gastrointestinal tract harbours a complex and diverse ecosystem of microorganisms and the mechanisms by which gut immune and epithelial cells handle this constant antigenic stimulation are only beginning to be understood. Several lines of evidence have underscored the importance of a continuous cross talk between host and microbes in priming and maintaining a reciprocally beneficial relationship at various mucosal surfaces of the body. Many studies have also shown adverse consequences for the host if the normal equilibrium is disrupted. Probiotics are defined as “living organisms, which upon ingestion in certain numbers, exert health benefits beyond inherent basic nutrition”.

" The importance of a “healthy” gut micro biota has been recognised for a long time but only recently has specific attention been focused on the potential of probiotics as preventative and therapeutic agents in gastrointestinal diseases. The use of probiotics in animal models of inflammatory bowel disease and in diarrhea of premature infants, severe burn patients, and acute and chronic colitis has shown potential beneficial effects of probiotic Escherichia coli strains, Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria, and Saccharomyces. Probiotics have been proposed to exert their beneficial effects by maintaining a normal intestinal milieu, by stimulating the immune system, by detoxifying colonic contents, by lowering serum cholesterol levels and promoting lactose tolerance, and by producing metabolites that are essential to maintain intestinal health."

So without getting too technical or too gross Living Probiotics are living organisms that assist in our body's ability to digest the foods that we eat. They are another reason why we as humans need RAW LIVE WHOLE FOOD in our daily diets! Yogurt is a good source of living probiotics. In fact, when my mother broke her hip and received a bad infection at the site of the surgery the doctor recommended that she have a yogurt a day to help fight off the infection.

"The Feast" is an even better source of living probiotics! While yogurt may contain 5 or 6 living probiotic strains "The Feast" contains 22 living strains in one nutritious drink! So however you get them be sure to take care of your body's digestive tract by getting enough living probiotics each day!
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