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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY: David Wimble, Ottawa, Ontario

googleplus2“I am all too familiar with that horrible feeling of lying in bed, desperately trying to fall asleep BEFORE your legs start twitching. I know the deep despair of lying there and feeling that FIRST little spark. That tiny rustle that signals the inevitable.

That small rustle is the signal that it’s going to be ANOTHER restless night. The twitching is going to get worse until you finally have to get up and walk around (my wife called it travellin’) or sit at your desk and work, until you’re so exhausted that you feel there’s a SLIGHT chance you may be able to fall asleep before the twitching returns again.

During the evening, I could barely SIT beside my wife Barb, let alone HOLD her hand as we would watch TV. Often, my legs would be buzzing so intensely, I would have NO choice but to watch TV standing up.

I used to FLY to a lot of MUSIC conferences. I remember how I would try to mentally prepare myself DAYS before the trip. There’s nothing more intimidating to a RLS sufferer than knowing you’ll have to sit STILL in a plane seat for FIVE HOURS. Sure enough, after a SHORT grace period, the twitching would begin. I can’t tell you how many times I WALKED up and down the airplane aisle pretending that I had to go to the bathroom, just to walk off my wonky legs.

And sadly, many times, during the early hours of the morning, in the exhausting depths of ANOTHER sleepless night, I harbored the extreme fantasies of how peaceful life would be if I had no legs.

I would by lying if I said that thoughts of suicide also didn’t enter into my consciousness.

I can’t remember exactly when it all started? I didn’t even know it had a name until a few years ago. Barb told me one morning that she had run across an article about Restless Legs Syndrome. Up until that time, it was just my “wonky legs” acting up again.

I started researching and found that the only remedies that were being used were horrific drugs created initially for Parkinson’s patients and for those suffering from seizures & epilepsy. I thought about it, but decided that they were not for me.

Through the years I tried all sorts of teas, diets, oils, vitamins and massage. I tried workouts, bicycling and jogging. Nothing helped, or at least NOT for very long.

Several years ago, Barb suggested that I go see a Chiropractor … so I gave it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised that it seattle-chiropractoractually helped a bit. However, after the INITIAL relief, the treatments started LOSING their effectiveness. After about a year, I gave up and stopped going.

A few years later a local Acupuncturist was recommended to me. I went and saw him for a treatment. I was amazed at the relief I gained through his combination of electro-acupuncture followed by a DEEP tissue massage. The massage was excruciating, but I stuck it out because I was DESPERATE to get rid of my twitchy legs. He had hands like a mechanic, and TEARS would shoot out of my eyes as he massaged my legs, but I kept going to see him. It was the MOST relief I’d ever had from my restless legs.

I saw him periodically for a couple of years, and eventually, as was the case with the Chiropractor, the treatments became non effective. I was DEVASTATED. I felt like I was COMPLETELY out of options.

The acupuncturist had told me that my issue was inflammation in the legs. I thought, if this is the cause, maybe there is some sort of herb or supplement that could lessen my inflammation, and therefore lessen my symptoms?

I went to my local health food store and the clerk told me that curcumin was a good natural anti-inflammatory.

I took the curcumin with each meal and within days was feeling better.

Over the next few years I continued researching and trying out different natural anti-inflammatories including Omega 3, Ginger Root, Cayenne, St. John’s Wort, Licorice Root and Skullcap, along with Carrot Juice, Vitamins and Minerals. Slowly but surely the RLS went away.

As I continued educating myself, it became apparent that a healthy diet was crucial. I could take all the anti-inflammatories in the world, but if I was still eating inflammatory foods, then there wouldn’t be a lot of healing going on.

brain-foodSo, I radically changed my diet and continued to take supplements. I rarely eat meat now and my sugar and fat intake is way down. I slso keep away from starches as much as I can including rice, potatoes and pasta. I switched from regular milk to almond milk to pour on my ceral and make my smoothies (I found that I had an intolerance to soy and soy milk).

I recently learned about the importance of probiotics and are now taking them to help my digestive system to function correctly.

I also learned that stress is another big trigger of inflammation. I meditate every day, which helps to lessen the stress.

I have never even remotely felt this good in my entire life. Even pre-RLS.

My advice to those of you still suffering is to ignore those that say there is no cure. Even the doctors. Actually, especially the doctors. They really have no clue about the cause. They may have read an article or pamphlet. or glanced at a study, and that’s truthfully all they know about it.

It really bothers me when someone says I couldn’t have really had RLS because there is no cure. Since I got better, it must have been something else.

My RLS was as bad as anyone that I’ve ever talked to, and today, I feel like a million dollars – like I’ve been freed from a hellish prison. “

If you have a success story, please e-mail me at dwimble@magma.ca

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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY: Jonathan Nielsen, California

JonathanNielsen1“I’ve had RLS for many years, although ordinarily it was a minor annoyance. Although, during the past couple of years it got considerably worse, to the point that something had to change. It took a lot of searching to discover the real causes.

In the meantime (while I made the changes, like learning to drink enough pure, clean water and avoiding bad food ingredients), I needed something to help me sleep, while still in process of addressing the root causes of problems the drug companies want to treat with drugs (trust me, you don’t have a deficiency of whatever drug they want to prescribe).

I have found that the following supplements greatly help many people to sleep and to have significant reduction in RLS symptoms. I take the third one listed every night, although I’ve tried the others. They are the only things I’ve taken that were effective for my RLS symptoms besides drinking more water, exercising more, and improving my diet.

Now that I’ve increased my water intake (I don’t drink anything else now), my RLS symptoms are very mild, more like 5% of what they were.

Here are the herbs that help with RLS, stress, anxiety, and insomnia:

(1) Kava kava root extract (often just called “kava”), from a plant that grows on islands in the South Pacific, has been used by Polynesians for thousands of years. It is ignored by mainstream medicine because it’s not nearly as expensive as the prescription drugs, plus it’s not addictive and has no side effects, and they can’t patent it. Instead they try to make kava kava sound unsafe with warnings about liver damage. However, liver damage can only occur if other parts of the plant besides the root are used. Find a trustworthy manufacturer that uses only the root, and there’s no need to worry.

(2) Passion flower extract, from a plant native to North America, was used for centuries by Native Americans, is like kava in that mainstream medicine prefers you use their prescription drugs instead. Passion flower cannot safely be taken at the same time as kava, because both thin the blood some. This also makes both incompatible with some over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

9828010_m1(3) Valerian, from Europe and Asia, was used as long ago as ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Side effects are almost never seen, and the herb is found by many to work much like benzodiazepines but without the addictive qualities and other problems. Once again, mainstream medicine prefers you not know about it. Valerian also cannot be taken at the same time as kava, due to the fact that both are processed by the liver and overtaxation of the liver could result.

Valerian needs to be taken every day and becomes very effective after two to three weeks. The others can be taken at moments when anxiety, RLS, or whatever needs something. Of the three, I find valerian to be the best.

Note that valerian and passion flower can be taken together.

Since natural supplements are not supported by the government or the medical industry (who are really on the same side), it can be difficult to find information about them. Online research should tell you what the supplements are and aren’t compatible with, what dosages are safe, whether the supplement loses its effectiveness over time, and other needed information. All this is readily available with prescription drugs, but information on supplements including clinical trial information is almost nonexistent or may actually be misleading if the drug companies had a hand in it.

Information can be difficult to find, but it’s very important. The medical industry may actually be harming people by refusing to provide information (or accurate information) about natural supplements, and sticking to their position that everyone just needs the expensive patented prescription drugs (while minimizing, hiding, and denying the drugs’ harmfulness).

For the best website I’ve found that assists with determining interactions of drugs, also including information about many supplements, see LetsDrug.com.

FOCUSING ON YOUR OVERALL HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE WILL MAKE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE

Exercising. I must re-emphasize the importance of overall health, which is adversely affected by insufficient physical activity, use of harmful substances like tobacco and alcohol and many drugs (prescription and illegal), consuming problematic food ingredients, and inadequate intake of pure, clean water (the last of which, as stated, causes dehydration and many “diseases” that result from dehydration).

relax-blocksOther factors critical to health include getting some sun, getting adequate sleep, and overcoming psychological stress.

To learn about food ingredients which are major culprits in causing major health problems, Learning about these is important because they are very common in foods in nearly every aisle of the grocery store, and they can very much worsen inflammation and many health problems, such as RLS.

Most major food companies generally aim to make you addicted to their products, and to maximize profits at the expense of providing healthy products. The FDA allows nearly every deceptive thing the food companies do, which shows why you need to take personal responsibility and educate yourself, rather than rely on the government to protect you and keep you safe.”

If you have a success story, please e-mail me at dwimble@magma.ca

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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY: Holly Hogge McLarthy, Bear, Delaware

hollysmall“I remember having RLS symptoms in church as a teen. I thought it was just boredom. I would even get restless arms at times too!

I did not know that I would be fixing my RLS when I started my journey.

I changed my diet to heal my thyroid (AND its working with NO meds!!). But the bonus is no more RLS!!

I also noticed when I would drink alcohol (haven’t had any in months) the symptoms would escalate when my buzz was wearing off. I guess diff people have diff triggers.

So long story short, I’m on a paleo style eating regimen. I take daily probiotics to heal my digestive tract and boost my immune system. I do not eat gluten or dairy. Water is my main drink each day. No GMO’s and organic whenever possible. I eat healthy fats such as coconut and avocado. I am constantly reading about diet for autoimmunity and learning more & more all the time!!

I do not know when my symptoms subsided because I wasn’t looking for it. I just realized one day that I didn’t have it anymore. And again, my thyroid is improving!! My anxiety and heart palpitations have reduced significantly and continue to improve. Maybe they go hand in hand. Who knows.

Good luck to all who are suffering!!”

 

If you have a success story, please e-mail me at dwimble@magma.ca

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RLS.org Outdoes Themselves … again

RLSORGheade1rIt’s been a few years since I’ve gone off on a rant of any kind. I started this blog with a bit of fire in the belly, but a cooler head prevailed and I realized that I would be more helpful if I passed on the facts to readers of this blog, and kept my comments and opinions to myself.

However, a week or so ago, I saw the new header at the RLS.org Facebook page. My jaw dropped.

I showed my wife Barb the header (just to make sure I wasn’t out of line with my thoughts that it was wildly insane) and she agreed that it was highly disturbing.

But, I wasn’t going to say anything about it, I mean, what’s the point. That’s their business, and if people like it, who am I to judge? That was until I saw on their blog that they’re actually selling this thing. Wow!! What the fuck!

wordlI apologize for the potty mouth, but this is crazy.

Let’s look at this brilliant idea in a different context.

My father passed away several years ago. He was riddled with cancer. It was horrendous, as many of you know … but as a family we did our best to support him and comfort him.

What kind of moron would have thought that it was a good idea to give my dad this “wordl canvas” as a gift.

“Here you go John, put this up on your wall. You can feed your mind and spirit with words like Hopeless and Excruciating, Depressing and Aching, Torturous and Unbearable. No need to thank me. Hope you get better soon!”

Anyway, you know, what can I say. I think it is possibly the most horrendous idea in the history of any healing organization!

I’ll just leave it at that.

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I’m looking for RLS Success Stories!

8-hr-sleep-binaural-beatI’m looking for stories from people that have become free of their RLS. A few paragraphs about how bad it was and how you overcame your condition.

I’m going to post these stories on my website http://www.rlcure.com in order to cheer on those that are currently suffering, but are willing to make the necessary changes.

No drug therapies, please. Only natural methods.

Please e-mail your story to dwimble@magma.ca along with a photo and a short bio and I’ll post your story.

Your story will be very helpful to those that are still suffering. There’s nothing like a success story – a journey from hellishness to freedom, to light the flame of hope in someone still suffering.to-inspire

ALL recovery programs are based on this simple principle.

Thanks in advance!

David

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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY – Gina Diggle, Melbourne, Australia

ginadGina Diggle is originally from New Zealand and has been living in Melbourne, Australia since 2006. She works in fashion retail. Gina was kind enough to send in the details of how she escaped from her RLS nightmare to now live a symptom free life.

“Restless Legs syndrome was a worsening nightly occurrence for me in throughout my 20’s. I went to the doctor a couple of times and they would normally shrug or attempt to prescribe me with sleeping medication.

I couldn’t really articulate the sensations of what it felt like each night to go to bed. After typing a few key words into Google I found some information. I couldn’t believe this weird thing I was experiencing each night had a name and I wasn’t the only one suffering.  

There seemed to be very little information on the internet at the time so I didn’t gain any confidence in healing myself. I tried a couple of different approaches including iron supplements, magnesium tablets, yoga, massage. Nothing seemed to have an impact.

I felt really helpless; I was suffering from depression, anxiety, exhaustion, nausea and dizziness.

My sister recommended a couple of food documentaries about how food was linked to affecting everything going on inside our bodies.

I was so inspired I decided my diet needed a huge change so slowly started culling out all processed foods, sugar, gluten, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, meat.

I discovered an organic wholefoods store nearby and also loads of amazing food blogs with inspiring recipes. organic-zone

Even though I’ve cut out all of these foods, the world of food has actually opened up for me as I love getting creative in the kitchen nowadays. Raw vegan tarts are my specialty.

I highly recommend an Australian company called Loving Earth. They do amazing organic raw chocolates and superfoods.

A year has gone by with a whole new diet and my restless legs have disappeared along with a few other health problems.

Sometimes I’ve noticed that when I eat out or order takeout food which exact ingredients I don’t know, I have a minor leg jump but that’s very rare these days.  

As we all know sticking to foods in their most pure form from mother earth is best! Nutrient deficiency starves the body of its ability to work optimally.  Knowing what I know now, my cured RLS doesn’t come as a surprise to me as I’ve learnt that diet plays a major role in every disease.

In conclusion you are what you eat/you get out what you put in.”

If you have a success story, please e-mail me at dwimble@magma.ca

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PROBIOTICS AND RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME: Part Five – The Best Probiotics to Heal Your RLS

aaProbiotics.jpgIf you believe that LESS INFLAMMATION = LESS RESTLESS LEGS, you can accelerate the healing process by implementing some of the probiotic foods listed below into your diet.

Science has proven without a doubt that the bacteria in your bowels determine your health. Your gut flora can make you chronically inflamed, obese, cancerous or healthy, and your diet can determine your gut flora. We return to the basic wisdom that you are what you eat, but you can change your gut flora.
 
If you are knowledgeable, your grocery store CAN be your pharmacy. You simply know what to buy, and what to avoid like the plague.

THE IMPORTANCE OF FERMENTED FOODS

Historically, people used cultured or fermented foods to support their intestinal and overall health, way before the invention of the probiotic supplement.

Did you know the number of bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by about 10 to 1? These bacteria in turn are comprised of both beneficial ones and harmful ones. The ideal balance is about 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad. Maintaining this ideal ratio is what it’s all about when we’re talking about the importance of probiotics. It’s important to understand though that probiotics are not a new concept. The only thing that’s new is that you can take them in pill form. But historically, mankind has consumed large amounts of probiotics in the form of fermented and cultured foods, which were invented long before the advent of refrigeration and other forms of food preservation.

Every traditional culture, when you look at their traditional diet, they ferment their foods. They fermented everything. You can ferment dairy, grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish. Everything can be fermented, and there were fermented beverages in every culture. When the cabbages were ripe in September, you made it a fermented cabbage. Perhaps for a month or two, you were eating fresh cabbage, but then for the rest of the year, 10 months of the year, you ate your cabbage in a fermented form. Quite a large percent of all the foods that people consume on a daily basis were fermented. And with every mouthful of these fermented foods you consume trillions of beneficial bacteria.

Fermented foods not only give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, they also give you far more of them, so it’s a much more cost effective alternative. Here’s a case in point: It’s unusual to find a probiotic supplement containing more than 10 billion colony-forming units. But when they were tested, fermented vegetables produced by probiotic starter cultures had 10 trillion colony-forming units of bacteria. Literally, one serving of vegetables was equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic! So clearly, you’re far better off using fermented foods.

Mother Nature is extremely wise and extremely kind. It populated all organic fruit and vegetables, the dust on our soils, and all plant matter with Lactobacilli. The fresh cabbage leaves, if it’s organically grown (not the one from chemical farming), will be covered in Lactobacilli—lacto-fermenting bacteria. You don’t need to add anything. You just chop it up. Add some salt in the initial stages. (The salt is added in the initial stage in order to stop putrefactive bacteria from multiplying.) Then as the Lactobacillus stop working and start multiplying, they produce lactic acid. That’s why they’re called Lactobacillus. That’s just lactic acid.

If you look at the research in lactic acid, it is one of the most powerful antiseptics. It kills off lots and lots of bacteria…. So as the lactic acid starts producing, it will kill off all those putrefactive and pathogenic microbes and preserve the food. It’s a great preservative… A good batch of sauerkraut can keep for five to six years without spoiling or rotting, as long as it is covered by its own juice.”

This anaerobic process (fermentation) does more than just preserve the food, however. It also makes the nutrients inside picklesthe food more bioavailable. For example, the amount of bioavailable vitamin C in sauerkraut is 20 times higher than in the same helping of fresh cabbage!

This is because in the fresh cabbage, vitamin C is bound in the cellulose structure and various other molecules, and our digestive system is just not able to cleave it off and absorb it. Lots of it goes undigested and come out right out of you. So despite the fact that cabbage may be very rich in vitamin C, a lot of it you will not be able to absorb. But if you fermented that cabbage and made sauerkraut, all the vitamin C becomes bioavailable.

NATURAL PROBIOTIC FOODS

Yogurt

One of the best probiotic foods is live-cultured yogurt, especially handmade. Look for brands made from goat’s milk that have been infused with extra forms of probitoics like lactobacillus or acidophilus. Goat’s milk and cheese are particularly high in probiotics like thermophillus, bifudus, bulgaricus and acidophilus. Be sure to read the ingredients list, as not all yogurt is made equally. Many popular brands are filled with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and artifical flavors and are way too close to being a nutritional equivalent of sugary, fatty ice cream.

Some yogurts contain the aforementioned bacteria; however, because they are sensitive to oxygen, light, and dramatic temperature changes, make sure to look for yogurts with “live and active cultures.” Many commercial yogurts are heat-treated or pasteurized, resulting in the loss of these valuable cultures. Learn more about the smart way to shop for probiotics.

If you are seeking non-dairy yogurt options, there are several that contain live probiotic cultures. Yogurts made from rice, soy and coconut milk are available on the market and also contain added probiotics that can provide the same benefits. Other alternative sources of probiotics include eating fermented foods like Brewer’s yeast, miso, sauerkraut, or micro algae. Whatever the source, always look for “live and active cultures” on the label.

KefirKefir

Similar to yogurt, this fermented dairy product is a unique combination of goat’s milk and fermented kefir grains. High in lactobacilli and bifidus bacteria, kefir is also rich in antioxidants. One of the best and least expensive ways to get healthy bacteria through your diet is to obtain raw milk and convert it to kefir, which is really easy to make at home. All you need is one half packet of the kefir start granules in a quart of raw milk, which you leave at room temperature over night. By the time you wake up in the morning you will likely have kefir. If it hasn’t obtained the consistency of yogurt you might want to set it out a bit longer and then store it in the fridge.

A quart of kefir has far more active bacteria than you can possibly purchase in any probiotics supplement, and it is very economical as you can reuse the kefir from the original quart of milk about ten times before you need to start a new culture pack. Just one starter package of kefir granules can convert about 50 gallons of milk to kefir.

Don’t even think of using pasteurized milk, however, as pasteurized milk has its own set of negative health ramifications and should be avoided at all cost.

Sauerkraut

Made from fermented cabbage (and sometimes other vegetables), sauerkraut is not only extremely rich in healthy live cultures, but might also help with reducing allergy symptoms. Sauerkraut is also rich in vitamins B, A, E and C.
Some packaged varieties are pasteurized, which could destroy the healthy bacteria.  Choose raw, unpasteurized and unheated sauerkraut to get the full benefits of its live enzymes. Look for fresh sauerkraut in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. You can also make your own sauerkraut, there are many recipes online.

Microalgae

This refers to super-food ocean-based plants such as spirulina, chorella, and blue-green algae. These probiotic foods have been shown to increase the amount of both Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria in the digestive tract. They also offer the most amount of energetic return, per ounce, for the human system. Sometimes called “blue algae,” microalgae is a grassy, green plant that’s often used in juices. Check your local health food store or juice bar to try this unexpectedly delicious treat.
 
MisoPasteWhite-rgbMiso Paste

Japanese miso paste is a form of fermented soy that is absolutely delicious. To get the beneficial probiotics from miso, however, you cannot boil the miso (as is usually the case with miso soup), because the heat kill all the bacteria.

Fortunately, miso paste makes a wonderful emulsifier in salad dressing. You can add a tablespoon of miso paste and a splash of rice vinegar to olive oil, along with salt, pepper, fresh chives and some grated ginger to make a nutritious and delicious dressing.
Beyond its important live cultures, miso is extremely nutrient-dense and believed to help neutralize the effects of environmental pollution, alkalinize the body and stop the effects of carcinogens in the system.

Pickles

Believe it or not, the common green pickle is an excellent food source of probiotics. Try making your own home-made pickles in the sun. Here’s a great set of instructions for making your own probiotic-rich dill pickles [1].

Tempeh

A soy product made with fermented soybeans, tempeh has a meatier taste and texture than tofu—and almost twice the protein. Sirota advises buying brands that use organic soybeans or have the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods may be linked to allergic reactions, inflammation and even an increased cancer risk. They’re also more likely to have been sprayed heavily with pesticides, Sirota says. Some brands that carry the seal include SoyBoy and Lightlife. Find them in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, and put up to 4 oz of tempeh in stir-fries, salads and tacos.

Kimchi

An Asian form of pickled sauerkraut, kimchi is an extremely spicy and sour fermented cabbage, typically served alongside meals in Korea. Besides beneficial bacteria, Kimchi is also a great source of beta-carotene, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2. Kimchi is one of the best probiotic foods you can add to your diet, assuming you can handle the spice, of course.

20100304-kombucha2Kombucha Tea

Kombucha is a form of fermented tea that contains a high amount of healthy gut bacteria. This probiotic drink has been used for centuries and is believed to help increase your energy, enhance your well being and maybe even help you lose weight. However, kombucha tea may not be the best fit for everyone, especially those that have had problems with candida.

Soft Cheese

Not all cheeses are good sources of probiotics, but certain soft fermented cheeses like Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan and particularly Gouda contain bacteria that can survive the journey through your GI tract to benefit your health, according to Finnish research. “These cheeses start with a lactic acid bacteria that causes the milk to form curds and whey and ferment for days, weeks or even years, which helps create probiotics,” say Brown and Medina. Some cottage cheeses that list “live active cultures” on the label also contain probiotics. Work an ounce of soft cheese or a ½ cup of cottage cheese into snacks and meals for an added protein and calcium boost.

Sourdough Bread  

The next time you make a sandwich, pay attention to what’s holding your cold cuts and cheese. San Francisco’s famous sourdough bread contains lactobacilli, a probiotic that may benefit digestion.
Soy milk

Soy naturally contains some probiotic benefits, but new soy milk products on the market have added extra live cultures. Look for labels that say “live and active cultures” to be sure.

Olives

Olives in brine have large amounts of probiotics because the brine allows the probiotic cultures to thrive. Snack on your favorite type of olive or add to a salad or pizza.

Apples

A recent study looked at rats eating a diet high in pectin, a component of the dietary fiber in apples. When compared to rats on a normal diet, the rats with the apple-rich diet had increased amounts of beneficial bacteria. Although researchers aren’t sure if apples will have the same effect in humans, investigators did conclude that by eating apples regularly, the friendly bacteria “help produce short chain fatty acids that provide ideal pH conditions for ensuring a beneficial balance of microorganisms.”

CEN-21339-1PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS

When people first started to learn how important probiotics are for proper digestion, elimination, and overall good health, many nutritional supplement manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon and flooded the market with probiotic products that may very well be worthless. The problem is that most of the beneficial bacteria in these products probably don’t survive long enough to reach you—or, more specifically, your gut. For instance:

Many probiotics are dead on arrival in your intestines. Because your stomach acids are so powerful, they kill off most probiotics well before they can reach your small and large intestines. And they won’t do you an ounce of good once they’re dead.

Most probiotics can’t survive transportation and storage. Probiotics are extremely delicate — they can’t survive exposure to light, air, or even oxygen. And if you’re taking a brand that needs refrigeration, it has got to be refrigerated 100% of the time. The truth is, by the time most probiotic products leave the manufacturer, get shipped on trucks, and sit in warehouses or on store shelves, the power of the beneficial bacteria has been significantly and in some cases completely diminished.

Manufacturers overpromise the potency of probiotics. Many may promise you one billion live acidophilus organisms—but only on the date of manufacture!

Instead, you need to take a probiotic that delivers healthy bacteria to your gut each and every time you take it, and up until its expiration date.

Here they are …

Lactobacillus bulgaricus: can be found in many yogurts and soft cheeses. It was discovered by the Bulgarian doctor Stamen Grigorov, hence the name bulgaricus. It helps to convert lactose and other sugars into lactic acid, which may be particularly helpful for those who are lactose intolerant.

Streptococcus thermophilus: has nothing to do with strep throat, which is caused by a completely different bug. These friendly bacteria are also used to make yogurts and cheeses, and they even assist Lactobacillus bulgaricus by making nutrients that assist with growth.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Lactobacillus Casei: both convert lactose into lactic acid – also helping the lactose intolerant. Research has indicated that L. Acidophilus may also be helpful at reducing cholesterol levels.

Bifidobacteria: is a family of bacteria that has been studied for its ability to prevent and treat various gastrointestinal disorders, including infections, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. In addition to making lactic acid, it also makes some important short-chain fatty acids that are then absorbed and metabolized by the body. There is also some experimental evidence that certain bifidobacteria may actually protect the host from carcinogenic activity of other intestinal flora.

asparagusPRE-BIOTICS

If you want to supercharge your probiotic friends, you may want to feed them with prebiotics. That’s P-R-E-biotics. They nourish the good bacteria in your gut in order to keep them healthy against the bad bacteria. They should go hand-in-hand with probiotics. Prebiotics are found in many foods, including bananas, whole grains, honey, garlic, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, oatmeal, maple syrup, legumes and onions. Try to get two to four servings of these prebiotic-rich foods a day.

Snack alert: Popping 1.5 to 3 oz of pistachios per day increases levels of good gut bacteria, according to 2012 research in The FASEB Journal. Almonds didn’t perform as well as pistachios in the test, so it may be time to mix up your go-to snack. Opt for in-shell pistachios.

REFERENCES

“Pre- and Probiotics” from the Cooling Inflammation Blog, September 20, 2008 http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.ca/2008/09/pre-and-probiotics.html
“Gut Bacteria Offer New Hope for People with Celiac Disease” by drmercola.com May 27, 2010 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/27/gut-bacteria-offer-new-hope-for-people-with-celiac-disease.aspx
“Probiotics Found to Help Your Gut’s Immune System” by mercola.com July 05, 2008 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/07/05/probiotics-found-to-help-your-gut-s-immune-system.aspx
“Fact Sheet: Probiotics” doctoroz.com June 9, 2012 http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/fact-sheet-probiotics
“Best Types of Probiotic Supplements for Digestive Health” by Dr. David Williams drdavidwilliams.com 02/06/2014 http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/digestive-health-probiotic-supplement/#axzz3AWh54boe
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“Fermented Foods Contain 100 TIMES More Probiotics than a Supplement” by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, May 12, 2012 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/05/12/dr-campbell-mcbride-on-gaps.aspx
“5 Simple Ways To Eat More Probiotics” by Darya Rose, Aug 4, 2014 http://summertomato.com/5-simple-ways-to-eat-more-probiotics

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