Probiotics for a healthy intestinal flora
(Centre of Health) – The taking of probiotics to improve general health was underestimated for a long time. It is however a fact that the intestinal flora has a huge impact on our physical and mental health. The intestinal bacteria not only control our immune system, but also our emotions. When our intestines are weakened due to an unhealthy lifestyle, harmful microorganisms take over and push out the helpful intestinal bacteria – the intestines’ milieu is thrown off balance. Our body’s defence is lowered and we are easy prey for pathogens. This is where probiotics can help.
What are probiotics?
A probiotic is a compounding of live microorganisms (e.g. lactic acid bacteria) that have a health-enhancing effect on the human organism, especially on the intestines.
Probiotics and healthy intestines
Between 400 and 500 types of bacteria exist in our gastro-intestinal tract. If one were to spread out the gastro-intestinal tract on a flat surface, it would take up about the space of a tennis court and its bacteria colonies would weigh approximately three pounds.
If one considers these dimensions, it appears logical that our intestines and its inhabitants play an important role in our health.
The importance of intestinal bacteria was underestimated for a long time because probiotic bacteria have more functions than simply aiding digestion.
Probiotics for instance activate immune responses in the entire body. Amongst these is the activation of certain defence cells, the so-called T-cells.
In healthy intestines the intestinal flora should be made up of approximately 85% of useful bacteria, while a maximum of 15% of the bacteria can be pathogenic. About 80% of the immune system is in the intestines, which is why this ratio of bacteria is so important for our defence.
Research shows that the intestinal flora’s make-up has a huge impact on our emotions and our mental performance. (Read more under “The intestines control emotions”)
Taking probiotics or probiotic foods actively supports the make-up and care of our intestinal flora and can therefore improve our physical and psychological health. Below we will list 10 reasons for daily intake of probiotics, which illustrates their role in our body.
Ten reasons why probiotics are important
- Probiotics improve the immune function
- Probiotics against allergies, dermatological illnesses and asthma
- Probiotics against food intolerances
- Probiotics against intestinal illnesses
- Probiotics against the consequences of unhealthy foods
- Probiotics against fungal infections
- Probiotics for cancer prevention
- Probiotics protect against radiation
- Probiotics protect against damage caused by antibiotics
- Probiotics against mental and neurological ailments
Molasses: “healthy by-product” of the sugar industry?
Karsten Theobald http://www.grenzenlos.net/archiv_new/arc_ges_melasse.htm
The health-enhancing effect of molasses is due to its composition (ingredients) being optimal for our body and (in moderation) having a positive effect on our health. Molasses represents an old home remedy for me. It contains those substances removed from crystalline sugar in the refining process. Of course it isn’t a medication or a drug, but rather a sort of “anti aging product from nature”, a top food supplement. Molasses delivers nutrients needed for the harmonising and strengthening of our organism and should be found in every household. It is also suitable for animals. The secret of its healing power is its optimal synergetic composition, available as an easily absorbable natural product.
Molasses was so far successfully tested with:
Varicose veins, arthritis, sudden feeling of faintness, ulcers, dermatitis, eczemas, psoriasis, high blood pressure, angina pectoris, weak heart, constipation, colitis, stroke, anaemia, bladder trouble, gall stones, (intestinal milieu), nervous debility, post-op recovery, cancer, tumours (by improving the milieu).
Also against over-acidification of the body.
Marian thistle – effect
The fruit of the Marian thistle contains silymarin in relatively large quantities, which has liver-protecting properties. It prevents toxins from entering into the liver cells by binding with the cells’ membrane proteins and thereby stabilising the membrane. Furthermore silymarin increases the ability of cells to regenerate and stimulates the formation of new liver cells. All these effects allow silymarin to lengthen lives of patients with chronic liver damage. In cases of mushroom poisoning with the death cap, Silybinin in IV therapy eliminates the poisons and reactivates the protein synthesis in the liver. The amount of deaths due to death cap mushroom poisonings could be reduced thanks to this IV therapy.
The main effects of the Marian thistle:
- antitoxic by protecting liver cells from liver toxins
- regenerative for the liver cells
- antioxidant (=radical scavenger)
- gall-enhancing (and therefore enhancing fat digestion) and slightly laxative
Due to its high effectiveness, the Federal Ministry of Health recognized the Marian thistle as an official medicinal plant for internal use in the cases of several toxic liver damages as well as chronic liver inflammation and liver cirrhosis.
Some of the most important areas of application are:
- acute liver inflammation, e.g. due to mushroom-, alcohol-, medication poisoning;
- chronic liver damage due to poisons, liver damage due to medication, as well as alcohol abuse and viruses;
- weak liver after acute (severe) illnesses, such as a bad flu, burns and operations;
- weak liver with chronic illnesses, e.g. rheumatism;
- general detoxification, particularly strengthening and detoxification of the liver;
Fennel – effect
Fennel oil, and particularly anethol, has properties that alleviate bloating and enhance the gastro-intestinal tract’s mobility. In higher concentrations it has a cramp-alleviating effect, probably due to inhibiting calcium mobilisation in the smooth muscles of the gastro-intestinal tract. When the calcium concentration in the cells drops, the intestinal muscles relax and the cramp subsides. Anethol also increases the beat frequency of the so-called ciliated epithelia, small cell processes responsible for the removal of mucous and foreign matters. This leads to dissolving of mucous and easier coughing. Furthermore anethol and fennel are supposed to contribute to the increase of the secretion of gastric juices, increase appetite and have an antimicrobial effect. Anethol is toxic in high concentrations.
Antibacterial, relaxing, diuretic, alleviates cramps, dissolves mucous, tonic, loss of appetite, pinkeye, bloating, 3-months-colics (with infants), biliary colic, digestive problems, bronchitis, dry cough, asthma, whooping cough, throat infection, ulcers, headaches, migraine, insomnia, weak heart, emmenagogues, menopause-related complaints,
Stinging nettle – effect
The diuretic effect of the leaves is due to the relatively high concentration of minerals such as potassium. These remain in the urine to a large extent and draw water with them (osmotic effect). This however only causes increased urination with sufficient fluid intake. The anti-inflammatory (antiphlogistic) effect of the leaves/the herb is especially attributed to the caffeoylmalic acid and the unsaturated fatty acids, which inhibit the activity of different infection cells and mediators. In contact with skin, the stinging hairs inject histamine and acetylcholine into the skin, which causes welts. The sterols responsible for the effect are particularly to be found in the roots. These interact with different receptors and enzymes of the prostrate, which lead to an immediate relief of symptoms and increased urine volume. Furthermore the roots are said to have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects.
Blood-purifying, blood-building, anti-haemorrhagic, metabolism-enhancing, urinary tract infections, rheumatism, gout, hair growth enhancing, dandruff, spring fever, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhoea, weakness of the stomach, weakness of the kidneys, diabetes (supportive), high blood pressure, menstrual pains,