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The Importance of Probiotics for Our Health

By Chef Centehua

Probiotics are the live microorganisms that are of great benefit to the host. Our bodies are host to a great population of microbes and, in order to have a mutually beneficial relationship with our microscopic allies, we need to maintain a healthy gut flora. This is vital for proper absorption and digestion of food, and to actively synthesize various nutrients: vitamin K, pantothenic acid, folic acid, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12), various amino-acids and proteins. When tested, people with gut dysbiosis always present with deficiencies of these nutrients.

BACTERIA-GUT85% of the body’s immune system is found in the gut! An adult on average carries 2 kg of bacteria in the gut. There are more cells in that microbial mass than there are cells in an entire human body. It is a highly organized micro-world, where certain species of bacteria have to predominate to keep us physically and mentally healthy.

We can begin the healing process by consuming fermented foods. Recent research validates that fermented foods aid in digestion, support immune function,fermented foods and increase overall nutritional status by adding B vitamins and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming foods that contain live lactobacteria has protective benefits against harmful, pathogenic microorganisms. Kimchi, a fermented spicy cabbage, is a staple food in Korea. It is very well studied for its medicinal, antimicrobial, and anti-aging properties.

You can find kimchee, sauerkraut, coconut kefir, and other fermented products in health food stores. Just make sure they are raw. A lot of sauerkrauts are pasteurized, but there are raw versions. Or make your own; it’s easier than you think. Raw milk is another powerful healing food. Besides the great taste, there are many nutritional benefits, including more available calcium and vitamins that are damaged if pasteurized. Even people who are lactose intolerant can drink raw milk because it contains the lactose enzyme that’s necessary to digest the lactose. During this healing process, I recommend avoiding grains, coffee, alcohol, sugars, and adding spirulina and chlorella to your everyday health regime. These superfoods assist the digestive system, help in treatment of candida albicans, detoxify your body, protect against radiation and  — because of their high nutritional content — aid in weight loss.probiotic

As you begin to heal your gut, you will notice an increase of energy as your body begins to use the nutrients in foods high with digestive enzymes and minerals. Always use unrefined salt, such as Celtic or Himalayan. These contain over 84 minerals and micronutrients, playing a vital role in cell function.

By making a few changes, your body will respond favorably, and your mental and physical health will benefit tremendously. Take time to enjoy the process, and breathe slowly and steadily when eating. Feel good about taking responsibility for your health and well being, and feel grateful to have a body that is incredibly intelligent and has the power to heal itself.

About Centehua

Centehua is a mother, wife, chef, blogger, forager, farmer, dancer earth momma. She is an urban homesteader, learning how to live better with less, discovering quality of life in sustainable practices. Her passion is in assisting the world in a possitive shift through the integrity of clean raw foods, superfoods and superhebs. She believes that a deeper connection to the earth and our sustenance is vital for a sense of self responsability and overall health. She is a lover of nature and music. Centehua is the founder of “Baktun foods” an online resource and catering company for organic living foods.

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