Excerpts from Dr. Ben Kim
One of the most important steps that you can take to improve your health, regardless of your current situation and health challenges, is to make sure that your intestines have plenty of friendly bacteria.
Friendly bacteria in your gut do the following:
- Stimulate the production of antibodies in your blood, increasing your immune system strength and capacity to deal with toxins, allergens, harmful microorganisms, and incompletely digested protein. [70% of your immune system is in your gut.]
- Produce nutrients that are essential to your health like Vitamin B12 and Vitamin K.
- Take up space and resources in your gut, which helps to prevent infection by harmful bacteria, fungi, and parasites.
- Produce natural antibiotics, acids, and hydrogen peroxide, which also help to protect you against infection by harmful microorganisms, including bacteria that can cause food poisoning.
- Help to digest food.
Friendly bacteria are great helpers to the lining of your digestive passageway in preventing harmful substances and microorganisms in the food you eat and the air that you breathe from getting into your blood and causing damage to your organs.
Having a large population of friendly bacteria in the digestive passageway has been shown to do the following:
· Reduce and eliminate acne, eczema, psoriasis, food allergy-related hives, and other skin conditions.
· Provide lasting protection against asthma
· Significantly increase the strength of the immune system
· Reduce or eliminate seasonal allergies like hay fever
· Improve digestion and normalize bowel movements
· Provide protection against food allergies, eliminating joint pain, nasal congestion, snoring, ear infections, skin rashes…
[When probiotics were given to people 63-84 years old, they had an increase in T-lymphocyte cells and a stronger immune response, there was a 32-35% increase in killing tumor cells and cancer within 2-3 weeks, and inflammation (leading cause of heart disease) was reduced by 50%.]
Traditionally, cultures throughout the world have been exposed to good bacteria through lacto-fermented foods like sauerkraut, kim chee, pickled cucumbers, fruit chutneys, miso, home-made yogurt, cheese, kefir and kvass. While these foods can provide friendly bacteria, they can also come with harmful microorganisms, as there is no practical way to use only beneficial bacteria in preparing these lacto-fermented food. As far as yogurt is concerned 1/10th of 1% of bacteria in the leading probiotic yogurt reaches the intestines. Additionally yogurt with sugar increases candida and sugar-free yogurt with aspartame is even worse.
An excellent source of friendly bacteria is healthy soil. We are exposed to countless species of friendly bacteria when we are outdoors, playing and working in relatively unpolluted areas. Gardening and hiking in the woods are two of the best ways of exposing yourself to friendly bacteria. But this must be done on a regular basis. If you do not find yourself in nature daily, then you must supplement.
Once you ensure steady exposure to friendly bacteria, it is important that you avoid or minimize the following most common causes of destroying friendly intestinal bacteria:
• Use of antibiotics without a life-threatening or limb-threatening situation
• Regular consumption of alcohol
• Use of foods that are contaminated with antibiotics, mainly factory farmed animal food
• Use of laxatives
• Eating food and beverages that have sugar or other concentrated sweeteners
• Not chewing your food until liquid
• Not learning to manage stress
• Drinking chlorinated water
• Swimming in chlorinated pools