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Originally Posted by mimim
Jane, do you have a good online resource about making fermented veggies?
If you want to buy it instead of making your own:
Pronatura is really yummy but expensive
|It is useful to compare the human faecal flora to a living organ because its major component is a complex mass of living cells. Furthermore, it interacts with the human body and the human body interacts with it.
Given that the human body is made up of approximately 1014 cells - while 1 x 1013 are body cells, about 9 x 1013 cells are bacteria contained within the bowel. Hence, purely on cell count we are 10% human and 90% stool!
|Further studies found differences in the gut flora of infants who are likely to develop allergy. When compared with healthy infants, babies who developed allergy symptoms were less often colonized with bifidobacteria. These results could indicate a role for the intestinal microflora in the development of and protection from allergy, especially in developed countries, where antibiotic therapy and sterile C-section deliveries are far more common.
Childhood eczema is almost entirely caused by food allergies, noted Dr. McCann. “We also know that one allergy can predispose to another. In other words, if food allergies and eczema can be prevented, then so also can asthma.” He adds, “In future years, every newborn baby will receive with her first feeding, a goodly gulp of a friendly bacterial mix. Meanwhile, we are stuck with treating after the fact, rather than prevention.”
Of the many factors suggested to explain the worldwide increase in asthma, "We have found only one primary prevention, the maintenance of a normal bowel flora," reported pediatric allergy specialist Dr. Bengt Bjorksten, in an address to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Studies, Stockholm, Sweden. Studies from Europe show that newborns with abnormal flora have many more times the prevalence of allergic disease. If the baby does not have a good GI barrier, it sets the stage for increased allergic disease.
|Recent studies have shown differences in the composition of the microflora between healthy and allergic infants in countries with a high and low prevalence of allergies and between healthy and allergic infants within such countries. These differences are apparent within the first week of life and thus precede clinical symptoms.|
|Recent epidemiological studies and experimental research suggest that the microbial environment and exposure to microbial products in infancy modifies immune responses and enhances the development of tolerance to ubiquitous allergens. The intestinal microflora may play a particular role in this respect, as it is the major external driving force in the maturation of the immune system after birth and animal experiments have shown it to be a prerequisite for normal development of oral tolerance. The composition of the microflora differs between healthy and allergic infants and in countries with a high and low prevalence of allergies. These differences are apparent within the first week of life, or even in the maternal vaginal flora during pregnancy and thus precede clinical symptoms.|
|The reconstitution of intestinal flora of GF mice with Bifidobacterium infantis, one of the predominant bacteria in the intestinal flora, restored the susceptibility of these Th2 responses to oral tolerance induction; however, this was only effective when such reconstitution was performed in neonates, but not in mice at an older age.|
So many people ask about different brands of supplements here. Do you think it would be worth creating a sticky of accepetable brands? You know Sodium Ascorbate: brand X,Y,and Z. CLO: brand X,Y,Z. Probiotics etc... Have we done that already? I'm thinking no, as I'm getting alot of pm's asking this question. It would be alot easier if the info were readily available-wouldn't it?
|Milk Kefir grains are for culturing milk and will enrich and alter it to be more like a wide spectrum yogurt, with the addition of healthy yeasts also.
Info on the content of milk kefir is more easily found and so I'll not type that.
Water Kefir grains are for the use in a water/sugar mixture and will give you a probiotic drink that is dairy free. Here are some of the healthy bacteria and yeasts found in water kefir:
Lb. casei subsp. casei
Lb. casei subsp. pseudoplantarum
Lb. casei subsp. rhamnosus
Lb. casei subsp. tolerans
Lb. coryneformis subsp. torquens
Water kefir is usually very mildly alcholic, but this can be increased by longer fermentations or with the addition of more sugar or solid fruit juices.
Kombucha (SCOBYs) are used to ferment/culture black or green tea. A Kombucha SCOBY is not a mushroom or a fungus as many call it, but another symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts (the good kinds).
The key ingredient formed in Kombucha ferments is glucuronic acid, which binds up poisons and toxins in the body, both environmental and metabolic (naturally occurring) and flushes it out of the body via the kidneys. This is a natural process that your liver and kidneys would do every day by producing its own glucuronic acid, however the Kombucha tea boosts this process.
Glucuronic acid is also a building block for a group of polysaccharides, including hyaluronic acid (a component of connective tissues), chondroitin sulfate (a component of cartilage), mucoitinsulfuric acid (a building block of the stomach lining and vitreous humor of the eye) and heparin.
A small amount of alcohol is produced (about .5%) and it is lightly carbonated.
The Kombucha brew also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 (vegan source), as well as folic acid and L-lactic acid, which is a substance that is usually low or missing in cancer patients, and is believed that low levels of this needed substance helps prevent failure in cell respiration and the build up of undesirable DL-lactic acid in tissues.
Kombucha also has usnic acid which has a mild antibacterial effect.
Kombucha also has the beneficial yeast strain, Saccharomyces boulardii, a popular treatment in Europe against candida infections ("yeast against yeast") and also c. difficile. It also increases the immunoglobulin IgA.
|We are not what we eat, but rather what we absorb, what wastes we eliminate, and how well our gut ecology is balanced.|
|Four Day Rotation Diet - to help a child with sensitivities or allergies to a large number of foods and/or food families. Such a child often becomes reactive to more and more foods, but a rotation diet prevents the development of an ever-widening set of sensitivities. In this protocol, the child avoids eating any foods to which he/she had strong antibody reactions, and eats the remaining foods in a rotating pattern that "tricks" the body into being more tolerant.
...eating a food to which we are sensitive results in the production of antibiodies against it for the next 24 hours. Therefore, if we eat that food again the next day, we'll have symptoms from our immune system's reaction to it; however, if we don't eat that food for several days, the antibodies that were ready for a fight will have disappeared as though it were a false alarm.
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