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Working to Actively Protect Your Health

There’s a wonderful world of friendly bacteria in your digestive system working hard to improve and protect your health. It's said that our immune system is dependent on these friendly flora. But in addition to this, beneficial bacteria perform a few other important functions that may surprise you.

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When you consume foods and beverages that contain friendly beneficial bacteria, your body can manufacture and activate vitamins C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Biotin and folic acid. The essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are also assimilated and enhanced. And in fact the very survival of Vitamins K and B12 depend on the presence of beneficial bacteria.

In addition, calcium and other minerals depend on strong gut flora for improved handling of minerals (NCBI Abstract on Probiotics).


The lactic acid in fermented vegetables can help break down foods in your stomach, often helping to reduce heartburn and other uncomfortable symptoms. Many people find that their digestion is improved when they include cultured vegetables in their diet.

Other health benefits   

According to Donna Gates, author of The Baby Boomer Diet, many documented health benefits are attributed to probiotics:

Healthy people

            • They enhance immune function.
            • They help reduce the risk of intestinal illnesses.
            • They provide protection against infections.
            • They replenish the gut with healthy bacteria after the use of antibiotics.
            • They may reduce the risk of allergies if given to children early enough in life.
            • Recent research suggests that they may help in the management of inflammatory bowel disease and decrease the risk of certain cancers.


The dangers of imbalance

In a previous article, we mentioned that up to 85% of our immunity is in our gut. Friendly bacteria line our entire digestive tract. However, if harmful bacteria take up residence, the walls of the intestines may be left unprotected, causing what is commonly called “Leaky Gut”. Partially digested food particles and toxic waste can cross through the intestinal wall directly into the bloodstream, where they don’t belong.

An imbalance of good bacteria, or Dysbiosis, can lead to autoimmune diseases, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s (a thyroid disease), Celiac disease, Lupus and others. Even asthma, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease and more may have their roots in a predominance of harmful gut bacteria.

Protecting our children

Leaky gut doesn’t just affect adults; children can have it too. Many children with autism have a compromised digestive system, resulting in multiple food sensitivities. According to Betsy Hicks of Elementals Living, fermented foods are now being recommended for autism even by mainstream practitioners. Betsy says: “fermentation is absolutely necessary when working with autism and really helps to heal the gut.” Mother embracing baby

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “pregnant women who include fermented foods in their diet can provide their babies with immense benefits. Fermented foods contain good bacteria or probiotics. These microorganisms can help strengthen babies’ immune system.”

Here’s what you can do now

Over time, many people experience improved health by consuming fermented foods, and in particular fermented vegetables. You too can reap the benefits by integrating delicious raw cultured veggies and juices into your diet.

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