THE IMPORTANCE OF FRIENDLY INTESTINAL BACTERIA
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, less than 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
• 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
• Use of foods that are contaminated with antibiotics, mainly factory farmed animal food • Use of laxatives
is a blend of the most resilient, clinically-proven and advanced probiotics with ability to colonize the gut and promote immunity, infection-resistance, and vitamin synthesis. What makes this supplement superior to others:
- Some probiotic supplements in the market may contain more strains, however, Life 5™ contains two new super-strains that have the best adhesion of any probiotic known: Lactobacillus Rhamnosus HN001 and Bifidobacterium lactis HN019.
- The large intestine contains the most bacteria in the body. Bifidobacteria is the most prevalent type of bacteria in the healthy large intestine. Most probiotic products have focused their probiotic activity at the small intestine with large amounts of Lactobacillus and small amounts of Bifidobacteria, the primary resident in the healthy large intestine. Life 5™ has an extremely large amount of Bifidobacteria and though some companies may boast that theirs has more, our HN019-Howaru is a proprietary blend of a new strain of Bifidobacterium Lactis that has the best adhesion of any probiotic known.
- Calcium ions in this formula enhance moisture control to prevent the die-off effect. [Oftentimes bacteria from other probiotics supplements die prematurely and never replicate.]
- Life 5™ contains a prebiotic mix that includes lactoferrin (component of whey protein in mother’s milk, esp. colustrum) which prevents the growth of fungi and blocks yeast and fungus from forming that creates brain fog and blocks the transmission of neurotransmitters. (Essential oils clear the biofilm once it has formed!)
[Please note: A probiotic must not only provide bacteria that can make it through the whole digestive tract (which many probiotics from other supplements don’t) but once there, they must adhere to the intestinal cell wall and be able to colonize the gut and replicate. Keep in mind: 100,000 billion bacteria belonging to 600 different species should be present in the gut, by the time we reach the age of 65, bacteria in the gut drops by 1000 times.]
1) Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (HN001 HOWARU) 5 billion per serving
Massey University in New Zealand found this strain has the best sticking power [adherence to gut] out of 200 strains. This strain doubles amount of immune cells to kill cancer cells. In a 2006 study of children given this strain, results: reduced the number of sick days by 50% and reduced the need for antibiotics by 80%.
2) Bifidobacterium Lactis (HN019-HOWARU) 3 billion per serving
This strain provides 80% protection against salmonella poisoning. Infection from E. Coli is reduced by 100 times when using this strain.
3) Streptococcus Thermophilus (ST-21) 0.5 billion per serving
John Hopkins did a study on 55 infants from ages 5-24 months and found that when using this strain it prevented diarrhea and eliminated rotavirus, a serious and highly contagious and unpredictable disease that infects almost every child in the US by 5 years of age; it is the most common cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea. Rotavirus is so contagious b/c it can survive for long periods of time on toys and ordinary surfaces around the home.
4) Lactobacillus Acidophilus (LA-14) 1.5 billion per serving
This strain helps to digest lactose (milk). It is resistant to stomach and bile acids. It also adheres to cell wall.
It is also pepsin-resistant. This means that it can make it through the hydrochloric acid in the stomach and reach the intestines where it is needed. This strain can also avoid its denaturing by pancreatic enzymes. Also, this strain has the ability to resist being killed by drugs and antibiotics!!! This is very important because there is no known probiotic that can withstand antibiotics.
5) Bifidobacterium Bifidum (BB-02) .5 billion per serving [This strain has great sticking power in the gut.]