Saturday, April 16, 2016

Know about Probiotics and Prebiotics.

Two very popular health buzzwords unheard of ten years ago are probiotics and prebiotics. Most of us have associated these two with benefits to our digestion, but we don’t really know much more than that. Fooducate is here to clear up the confusion once and for all.

The short version:

Probiotics are friendly microorganisms inhabiting our digestive tract that aid digestion and may confer additional health benefits.
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbs that serve as food for Probiotics.
Now the details:

Probiotics are, for the most part, bacteria that reside in our intestinal tract. Other types of probiotics are yeast. Probiotics get into our intestines from foods we eat or supplements. There are many types of probiotics, and each one behaves a bit differently in our gut. Although the term “probiotics” is relatively new, we’ve been ingesting them for thousands of years. Any food that is cultured or fermented has probiotics: yp

Foods with probiotics include:

yogurt, kefir, and buttermilk
aged cheese such as cheddar, Gouda, or Parmesan
sauerkraut, kimchi and other pickled versions of veggies
sourdough bread
miso (fermented barley or soy or rice)
tempeh – fermented soy
kombucha – a fermented tea that is gaining in popularity in the US
beer, wine (yay!)
The health benefits of probiotics are potentially wide and varied, but scientists are only starting to understand the complex symbiosis between the gut, the bacteria, and the rest of our body. Some potential health benefits, aside from keeping us regular, include treatment of diarrhea, reduction of lactose intolerance, improved immune system, lower chances of colon cancer, and reduction of blood pressure and cholesterol.

By the way, when you are sick and take antibiotics, you’re killing off the germs that made you ill, but also the probiotics.

On to prebiotics. Unlike probitoics, these are not alive. Most prebiotics are some form of fiber. Our body does not digest fiber, but the bacteria in our gut, including the probiotics, digest the fiber. Feeding these helpful bacteria keeps them doing what they are supposed to do in order to help our health.

Foods with prebiotics include:

raw chicory root – the top source, with almost 60% fiber
raw Jerusalem artichoke
raw garlic, leeks, and onions
whole wheat
fruits and vegetables
Since each of us has different bacteria swimming around in her gut, the effects of the consumption of the same exact probiotics and prebiotics may be very different. Experiment with different foods and see what works for you. The best way to consume probiotics and prebiotics is via food, not supplements.

Health Benifits of eating Garlic.

The medicinal properties of garlic have been known and used as part of natural medicine for thousands of years. For one thing, it’s a powerful antibiotic as well as antioxidant, which effectively fights infections and diseases.

The best time to consume this vegetable is first thing in the morning because your stomach is empty and can fully absorb the nutrients in garlic. Advised to chew garlic first thing in the morning, before breakfast, and even before having water (you might need a glass of water to alleviate the burns, especially if you’re taking more than one clove). This regimen has yielded good results.

Garlic is the best natural medicine for hypertension as it keeps blood pressure under control without incurring any side effects.

Moreover, there’s nothing that prevents inflammation better than garlic, which makes this vegetable extremely beneficial for people suffering from arthritis. Eating garlic on an empty stomach effectively reduces symptoms of arthritis and joint pain.

Garlic also prevents infections of various kinds including fungal, HPV and bacterial infections. Eating garlic on a regular daily basis can help you fight off these infections more easily.

In addition, eating a clove of garlic in the morning will improve your immune system function and make you less susceptible to infection and bacteria, which is especially important if you frequently suffer from colds, nasal allergies or other illnesses.

A single clove of garlic contains 5mg calcium, 12mg potassium, and over 100 sulfuric compounds, which makes this vegetable far superior to any pills or supplements.

Last, but not least, garlic improves your lung function and prevents a number of respiratory diseases including pneumonia, bronchitis, congestion, cough etc.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Man Overcomes Diabetes Without Medicine!

In 2011, a man was diagnosed with hypertension and diabetes. As a result, the use of insulin and high blood pressure pills was inevitable.

Man Overcomes Diabetes Without Medicine

However, he gave up Medicine and Started Consuming Raw Fruits and Vegetables and Succeeded in the Fight Against Diabetes!

Here is how the story goes. About four and a half years ago, a man went to a doctor because he was thirsty all the time. He was in quite bit of a shock when his doctor told him that his sugar level has risen up to 29.0 mmol/L and that his pancreas was no longer working. The doctor also told him that he wouldn’t be able to live without insulin.

The man accepted reality and started using insulin regularly and was very physically active. However, as the time passed, more medical problems accumulated.

His triglyceride levels raised up to 16 and his blood pressure was increased up to 150/100, resulting in the use of way to many medications that started damaging his body more than helping it.

Fed up with all that’s going on around him, in 2013, on New Year’s Eve, he decided to look for alternative ways to treat his illness. One night, he turned on the TV and saw an episode of the show “The Edge of Science” in which the main guest was Dr. John Zirdum. According to the show’s episode, Dr. Zirdum consumed only raw foods for 12 years.

The episode intrigued him so much that he decided to try that new method on fighting his disease. So, he bought a blender and was ready to begin a new life.

The first week was very difficult due to all the temptations to try other foods, but his persistence and commitment allowed him to overcome them successfully. As a result, his blood sugar level reduced to 5.0 mmol/L!

It was unbelievable. Due to his new blood sugar level, he did not need the use of insulin anymore as long as he kept on with his new diet. He still used regular checkups and kept insulin as a back up plan in case his blood sugar were about to rise again. However, that never happened and he even lost a few pounds.

With his new diet, he started loosing almost two pounds every day. This allowed him to lose 22 pounds in 25 days. The new diet regime transformed him into a completely new man after just four months. By eating raw food, he was able to remove the insulin from his daily routine, set his blood pressure to 120/60, lower his triglycerides level to 1.4 and lose more than 40 pounds. And most importantly, he didn’t use any medicine at all.

Long term usage of the diet allowed him to experiment with different recipes in order to make tasty raw food combinations. Here is the recipe for his favorite juice:

  • 5 kiwis
  • A handful of kale
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 apples
  • Half a liter of water
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend them well. Pour a half a liter of water over the ingredients. Shake well.

Drink half a liter of the juice in the morning and consume the rest of it throughout the day. If you feel hungry, eat fruit regularly. You can make fruit salads, and also add tuna to the mix because vitamin B12 is much needed for the body.

The beauty in all of this is that you will rarely feel hungry, because the brain doesn’t know if the stomach is empty or not. Instead, it receives information from the blood, and the blood contains all the nutrients the body needs.
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