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Monday, November 28, 2011

There are 4 seasons in the year, the flu season isn't one of them.

Mother nature only has 4 seasons, man created this 5th season. 
The flu season. Man also created the flu shot, which if you have been paying attention, each year has been shown to be ineffective by the medical communities that support the campaign for the flu jab.

Plain probiotic yogurt with low glycemic
berries are a great way to introduce
good bacteria into your diet.
Yet even people who get the flu jab still get sick, why?
There are 2 main reasons:
1. Their immune system is weak from not
consuming whole foods.
2. Over-eating, improper digestion and not chewing their food completely.

Poor digestion. During the holidays, it is not uncommon for some people to eat a significant amount of food — much more than normal and usually processed foods and alcohol. 

As such, the body has a difficult time processing and breaking down the unusual volume, particularly when digestive enzymes are lacking. The end result is that there exists undigested foods that remain which is one of the main reasons for people contracting colds and flu's. There are simple solutions to this issue.

Add digestive enzymes and an HcL to your nutrition program. Enzymes from Genestra, Flora, Udo's Choice or Apple Cider Vinegar or fresh lemon with 4oz of warm water before each meal. 

Limit your portions to three small meals and 2-3 small snacks; all of this will go a long way to improving digestion and thus, maintaining a strong immune and digestive system. 

HcL is hydrochloric acid that naturally occurs in the gut to aid in breaking down foods, but some people have reduced ability to produce HcL. These people include: the elderly, gastric bypass/Slimband patients, people on Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium or Zantac 75 all have reduced ability to produce digestive enzymes. These people will see undigested foods in their stool.

Digestive enzymes are enzymes that break down food into usable material. The major different types of digestive enzymes are:
• amylase – breaks down carbohydrates, starches, and sugars which are prevalent in potatoes, fruits, vegetables, and many snack foods
• lactase – breaks down lactose (milk sugars)
• diastase – digests vegetable starch
• sucrase – digests complex sugars and starches
• maltase – digests disaccharides to monosaccharides (malt sugars)
• invertase – breaks down sucrose (table sugar)
• glucoamylase – breaks down starch to glucose
• alpha-glycosidase – facilitates digestion of beans, legumes, seeds,
roots, soy products, and underground stems
• protease – breaks down proteins found in meats, nuts, eggs, and cheese
• pepsin – breaks down proteins into peptides
• peptidase – breaks down small peptide proteins to amino acids
• trypsin – derived from animal pancreas, breaks down proteins
• alpha – chymotrypsin, an animal-derived enzyme, breaks down proteins
• bromelain – derived from pineapple, breaks down a broad spectrum of proteins, has anti-inflammatory properties, effective over very wide pH range
• papain – derived from raw papaya, broad range of substrates and pH, works well breaking down small and large proteins
• lipase – breaks down fats found in most dairy products, nuts, oils, and meat
• cellulase – breaks down cellulose, plant fiber; not found in humans
• betaine HCL – increases the hydrochloric acid content of the upper digestive system; activates the protein digesting enzyme pepsin in the stomach
• endoprotease – cleaves peptide bonds from the interior of peptide chains
• exoprotease – cleaves off amino acids from the ends of peptide chains
• extract of ox bile – an animal-derived enzyme, stimulates the intestine to move
• fructooligosaccharides (FOS) – helps support the growth of friendly intestinal microbes, also inhibits the growth of harmful species
• L-glutamic acid – activates the protein digesting enzyme pepsin in the stomach
• lysozyme – an animal-derived enzyme, and a component of every lung cell; lysozyme is very important in the control of infections, attacks invading bacterial and viruses
• papayotin – from papaya
• pancreatin – an animal-derived enzyme, breaks down protein and fats
• pancrelipase – an animal-derived enzyme, breaks down protein, fats, and carbohydrates
• pectinase – breaks down the pectin in fruit
• phytase – digests phytic acid, allows minerals such as calcium, zinc,
copper, manganese, etc. to be more available by the body, but does not break down any food proteins
• xylanase – breaks down xylan sugars, works well with grains such as corn

Probiotics. These essential bacteria line the gut to aid digestion and maintain good gut health by balancing out the bad bacteria. Too much bad bacteria spews out their exotoxins which are toxins that enter our blood stream through our gut lining and head into the liver. 

Helpful bacteria prevent the growth of pathogenic species by competing for nutrition and attachment sites to the epithelium of the colon. Symbiotic bacteria are more at home in this ecological niche and are thus more successful in the competition. 

Your gut ecosystem. The problem is that it is very easy to disturb this ecosystem and create an imbalance. In a normal gut, the good bacteria will hold the bad bacteria in balance. Tip the balance and the bad bacteria and yeasts will grow and multiply, causing all sorts of health problems.

The most common way to upset the balance of good and bad bacteria is the use of antibiotics. The good bacteria in your gut are very susceptible to damage caused by antibiotics.

The process of fermentation, since it produces lactic acid and different fatty acids, also serves to lower the pH in the colon, preventing the proliferation of harmful species of bacteria and facilitating that of helpful species. The pH may also enhance the excretion of carcinogens.

Bad bacteria is characterized by:
  • aggression, moodiness, irritability, 'anger' for no apparent reason
  • sleep problems but not with the inappropriate giggling or laughter
  • really foul smelling stools or body odor; bad breath; stinky sweat
  • ammonia odor
  • frequently occurs with constipation

Maintaining a balance. To obtain good bacteria you need to look to fermented foods that are sugar free. 

Bad bacteria feed on sugar and reducing or eliminating sugar is the best way to keep bad bacteria in check. Mind you sugar is the worlds biggest and worst addiction so it's easier said than done. You body sees and processes sugar from many different foods: white bread, pasta, potatoes, all sugars (including honey and agave nectar), alcohol, and fruits, especially dried fruits.

For probiotic yogurt look to the fermented natural kind like: Kefir, or BioK. Steer clear of the marketed green brand that touts lots of probiotics but contain a ton of sugar. Or you can supplement with good probiotics like: Flora. Dr Udo or the professional brands like Genestra HMF Forte, Douglas Labs Probiotic that are both human form probiotics that are the most effective at bringing good bacteria back into balance.

Good gut health is imperative to having a strong immune system. Whether its digestion or balance of good bacteria they both play an important role in your total immune power so that you remain healthy throughout the season!

For homeopathic remedies please visit my website so that you can obtain a free homeopathic flu prevention kit.

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