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Beware: Wild ferments, like kombucha or kefir made from kefir grains or whey, can be especially damaging to a compromised digestive tract or weakened immune system.
With wild ferments, there is no control over the fermentation process, resulting in the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
If you are battling leaky gut or Candida overgrowth, it is important to use strain-specific starter cultures when making fermented foods so that you know exactly which strains of bacteria and yeast will grow during the fermentation process. This safeguards against contamination and prevents wild bacteria or yeast from thriving and colonizing your gut.
Breastfed babies have a hardy inner ecosystem thriving with beneficial bifidobacteria. This powerful bacteria strain, known to boost immunity and digestion, is essential for overall health and can diminish as we age.
The inner ecosystem of your digestive tract is populated with bacteria and yeast that help manufacture nutrients and protect the lining of the gut.
While fermented foods provide a hearty blend of this healthy microflora, there is one strain of bacteria that will not flourish in the fermentation process but is crucial to your gut health.
Bifidobacteria has been shown to protect the gut and boost the immune system.
Bifidobacteria make up a group of bacteria that:
Over a hundred years ago in 1899, a French scientist named Henry Tessier was the first to isolate and identify one strain of bifidobacterium. He found the bacteria in the stool of a breastfed infant. (1)
As it turns out, bifidobacteria naturally dominate the digestive tract of breastfed infants. (2) In other words, a healthy baby has an inner ecosystem teeming with bifidobacteria.
Mother Nature designed breast milk to protect and nourish a growing baby. And breast milk naturally contains several strains of bifidobacteria. (3) It is no mistake that researchers have also found that bifidobacteria can help resolve diarrhea in infants. (4)
Once a baby begins to wean off of mother’s milk, the infant's inner ecosystem changes. (5) Select strains of bifidobacteria are replaced by a wider range of lactic acid bacteria and other bifidobacteria.
Research tells us that bifidobacteria produce short-chain fats (SCFAs) in your colon. (6) These SCFAs are the same fat that you find in butter and ghee. It turns out that this fat (called butyrate) gives energy to the cells in the colon for growth, renewal, and protection. (7)
Unfortunately, as we grow older, we tend to lose large communities of bifidobacteria. (8) A wounded inner ecosystem has also been linked to obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. (9)(10)(11)
Bifidobacteria are not only essential to a healthy inner ecosystem—they are essential to your health. Research shows that bifidobacteria aid in maintaining a healthy gut, protecting against diarrhea, constipation, and intestinal infection. (12)
As it turns out, bifidobacteria’s sensitivity to oxygen, inability to tolerate extreme temperatures, and delicate nature make them tough to grow in a laboratory setting or compete with other bacteria strains in the fermentation process. (13) Furthermore, storage temperature and the materials used in packing can affect the survival of bifidobacteria. (14)
To provide the gut with a powerful blend of bifidobacteria, along with supplements to help cleanse Candida and maintain a healthy gut lining, Body Ecology created the Digestive Care Multi.
Your digestive system contains an inner ecosystem teeming with bacteria and yeast to manufacture nutrients and protect the gut lining. Fermented foods like kefir and cultured vegetables can support your gut with friendly bacteria, although essential bifidobacteria won't thrive in the fermentation process.
Bifidobacteria are important to support immunity and gut health. Bifidobacteria flourish in an oxygen-poor environment, are most often found in the colon and birth canal, and can help to regulate transit time in the large intestine.
Bifidobacteria are also predominantly found in the digestive tracts of breastfed babies. Communities of bifidobacteria begin to dwindle with age. This can compromise the health of the inner ecosystem and potentially lead to obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Since bifidobacteria are so sensitive to their environment, it's important to support the gut with a powerful bifidobacteria supplement to cleanse Candida and maintain digestive health—the Body Ecology Digestive Care Multi.
Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.
Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!
Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!
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