“When a child presents with an ongoing illness, perhaps think more about foods and less about bugs”
Paediatrician Dr Rodney Ford.
Your Personal Proactive Antibiotics
Probiotics stimulate the gut to produce a strong immune response that acts as a form of protection. Probiotics are your body’s own proactive and preventive antibiotics, they keep you healthy. We have an important and mutually beneficial relationship with these trillions of healthy bacteria living in our intestines in their perfect microbial farm. Our job is to provide an endless supply of fresh healthy food, and in return they help run the day-to-day functioning of our digestive and immune systems, produce beneficial nutrients, protect us from illness, and cleanse and purify us. Your probiotic bacteria are your ultimate internal health partner and the balance of 80% good friendly bacteria and 20% bad in the colon is essential as they are continually competing with each other in the gut for your food and nutrients. The better the balance, the stronger you become.
What do probiotics or ‘good bacteria’ do for our health?
Probiotics make vitamins and minerals available through fermentation, they digest nutrients from otherwise indigestible foods (such as lactose), and they produce short-chain fatty acids for colonic nutrition and vitamin utilization. Probiotics keep the intestinal mucosal lining balanced, protected and healthy, and they clean up toxins, dead and dying cells – stimulating new cell growth and renewal. Probiotics strengthen our immunity against infections and pathogens (‘bad’ or ‘unfriendly’ bacteria) and prevent their growth by taking up valuable bowel wall space in the microflora lining. Probiotics help prevent upper gastrointestinal tract diseases; colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, constipation, candida, bloating, diarrhea diseases and hypercholesterolemia (high levels of cholesterol in the blood) by protecting against pathogens and infection and strengthening immunity. Probiotic rich foods include miso, natto, kimchi, sourdough bread, yoghurt (genuine living, unprocessed, raw yoghurt), apple cider vinegar (with the Mother culture), sauerkraut, umeboshi plums, tempeh and pickled ginger or daikon.
Prebiotics supply your probiotics with fuel
Prebiotics are food for your probiotics helping you to produce your own good probiotic bacteria. They are indigestible, high-fibre, carbohydrate foods that are eaten by good bacteria in the colon and by mucosa cells in the colon wall. You can increase or decrease the amount of probiotics in your body by the food you eat. Prebiotic-rich foods include grapefruit, sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, raw oats, asparagus, leeks, onions, chicory roots, artichokes, kefir, bananas, soybeans, seaweed, genuine yoghurt and garlic.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.