Best tips to protect microflora
While you grow old, it would be normal to protect your body better than you did in your youth. You have to be more attentive to details, the smallest warning from your body can be serious. A simple stomach ache can be, unfortunately, gastritis or cancer.
At the age of 50-60 years, body aging process is accelerated and because of the shortage of vitamins, microelements and amino acids exchange destruction, fermentation and putrefaction processes increase, body intoxication increases, which inevitably leads to reducing the longevity and worsening of the chronic diseases, the amount of lactic bacteria decreases, which increases your risk of kidney stones.
The destruction of intestinal microflora while aging can be avoided using preparations for neutralizing the pathogenic microflora and activating the beneficial bacteria( probiotics).
For instance, for the the intestinal microflora to be restored and to be a success after such gastrointestinal tract disorders, such as cholecystitis, hepatitis, pancreatitis, colitis, enteritis, you should receive probiotics, but also a healthy lifestyle.
Unfortunately for women, dysbacteriosis issue is very common, because the destruction of the intestinal microflora adversely affects micro biocenoza of the vagina, which causes candidiasis development, reduces local immunity and, therefore, increase the risk of infections in the urogenital system.
In addition, malabsorption of vitamins, iron and calcium affects skin condition and the general tone. In this context, even vitamin and mineral supplements become ineffective because of the reduced capacity for assimilation.
Plus, in case of dysbiosis, overall body intoxication increases, leading to premature aging of the body and early endocrine disorders – normal microflora act on the exchange of calcium and estrogenic substances, therefore its destruction leads to complications in the postmenopause and increases the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Restoring microflora is very important, as quickly as possible. For women, a normal intestinal microflora and maintaining it as such is one of the most important measures to prevent gynecological diseases and prevent premature aging of the body.
Therefore, I thought to describe the best 5 tips for the protection of the microflora:
Antibiotics, although it remains the most valuable antibacterial therapeutic method, leads to digestive disorders, that are actually signs of profound changes of the normal microflora.
Thus, after using antibiotics, some saprophytic microbial species, which are very important for certain segments of the digestive tract, their amount is reduced or even they disappear. Instead of them, some atypical microbial species or strains appear, which are not found in such proportions under normal conditions.
From this point of view, lactobacilli, Enterobacteriaceae and E. coli are very dangerous and if you have any symptoms you should visit a doctor.
The purpose of antibiotics is to destroy pathogenic microbes, but they also destroy other bacteria that come into contact with or inhibit their development. Some bacteria destroyed by antibiotics include fermentation flora, sanogena and Lactobacilli Acidophilus and Bifidus in particular.
When administered orally, antibiotics manifests its action primarily in the upper digestive tract( small intestine), where there are the fermentation flora and less to the terminal part( colon), where is the putrefaction flora.
The destruction of the protection flora( fermentation) by antibiotics allows the boarding of the pathogenic bacteria in the airways. Some of these bacteria leave the intestinal environment through microlesions from the intestinal walls and then blood carries them to other parts of the body.
Antibiotics administered orally destroy useful intestinal flora and causes multiplication of the Candida Albicans fungi, generating diarrhea, constipation and other disorders of digestion.
Mycoses caused by these fungi can appear in the mouth, lungs, fingers, hands and feet and vagina. After prolonged treatment with antibiotics, a fungal infection that occurred as a side effect became a general disease.
There is no point in spending money on a multitude of dietary supplements if you have problems with intestinal microflora, home-prepared probiotic salads can be a solution to your issues and besides, they are going to increase your immunity!
– Probiotic Salad: Mix in a blender different vegetables( cabbage, carrot, celery, kale) plus ginger, garlic, and herbs( dill, parsley, cumin). Well tamp down everything in a jar, but leave a space of 5 cm, so that the product takes place to rise. Then add water, a tablespoon of whey( probiotic culture) and a teaspoon of sugar( as a food crop). In the free space put some rolled cabbage leaves and close the jar tightly. Allow it to ferment for 3-6 days at room temperature( 70 degrees Fahrenheit) and then you can eat them. When you open the jar, the composition tends to go outside and bubbles to come out. This means that vegetables are fermented. To slow the fermentation process, store in the refrigerator. You can make fermented fruits, too( apples, plums).
– How about a salad of cauliflower and corn?( thawed or fresh cooked) and broccoli.
Ingredients are few, but the flavor is given by corn oil, salt and yeast flakes.
How to prepare it: cauliflower and broccoli cut into bouquets as small as possible and sprinkle them with corn oil( because it is sweet, do not use olive oil, because it is bitter). Add salt and chopped parsley to sweeten it even more and to add new flavors to it. It will turn out very good and it is ready in two times( that is how much time the cauliflower and broccoli take to be chopped).
– Mixed salad may be a solution, especially for winter days, it is delicious. Basic vegetables: cauliflower, 2 hands( just the “flowers”), 7-8 tiny mushrooms, parsley, dill, turmeric, coriander and a handful of nuts( you can do without them for a version of salad that contains less for), salt, pepper, garlic powder, 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
How to prepare it: 20 seconds in the blender. I have combined all flavors and spices, still looking for new versions, so everyone is free to experiment to vary flavors and quit banality.
This mix is tasty and nutritious, but it also is a good option for lunch with a salad and a pickle.
And everyone is free, of course, to create their own mix. Be creative and play with the ingredients.
-The leek food is one of my favorites. There are two ways in which you can eat it, cooked and raw.
The advantage of raw is that it is ready in 20 minutes. Also, it has some advantages: it looks better, it has more vivid color, consistency is more enjoyable, being raw. Vitamins and enzymes are all in their place.
How to prepare it: super simple, it isn’t a challenge even for a beginner. Wash, chop and marinate. Marinate sauce is olive oil, 2-3 tablespoons of lemon, dill, olives, salt and a slice of lemon for the color. Depending on how tall is the leek, I usually use half or a quarter, that’s because I will no longer keep it in the fridge for next time. I prefer to cook for the moment, it is tastier this way.
Eat more yogurt!
Yogurt is a complete food. Provides quality protein, calcium easily digestible, potassium( comparable with bananas), magnesium, B vitamins and probiotic bacteria, modified carbohydrates to an easier assimilation and a better tolerance by converting lactose into lactic acid through the fermentation process and fats that provide satiety and taste good. Probiotic bacteria normalizes the intestinal flora.
They have beneficial effects on the immune system, reduce the risk of allergies and increase resistance to various germs and are useful including to patients with HIV, who have a deficiency in the immunity system. By secretion of bile salts, probiotic yogurt decreases your bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol.
Aid in the treatment of various intestinal disorders, such as diarrhea as antibiotics, both in children as well as adults, ulcer, with activity against Helicobacter Pylori bacteria and inflammatory bowel diseases.
Yogurt provides important vitamins, including folic acid. Result: a delicious yogurt can reduce the risk of cancer of the colon. Yogurt decreases your blood pressure, having a beneficial role in preventing heart diseases.
Over 4000 studies published until today have evaluated the benefits of yogurt and kefir. I will briefly present a number of reasons to eat yogurt, based on an analysis of the most recent studies in the field.
Yogurt is high in protein, with about 3 grams of protein per 100g of yoghurt. Yogurt is good source of calcium( has at least 2 times more calcium than a cup of skim milk). Yogurt contains as much potassium as bananas.
Potassium is a vital mineral substance that helps normalize heart rhythm beats and to maintain an adequate level of water in the body. Yogurt is an excellent source of B vitamins( B1, B2, B6) with a role in brain function and metabolising carbohydrates.
Yogurt has many digestive benefits. It helps digestion, improves bowel movements, prevents constipation. It is also a good remedy for diarrhea. Unlike fresh milk, yoghurt and can be consumed by people with lactose intolerance.
People with lactose intolerance lack the intestinal mucosal surface enzyme( lactase) that aims to “break” lactose molecules into smaller sugars to be absorbed. To these, lactose is not digested and it reaches the large intestine and takes contact with bacteria causing cramps, diarrhea, bloating, etc. In the digestive tract, yogurt protects you from colon cancer.
Yogurt contains beneficial lactic acid bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Lactic bacteria prevents the propagation of germs in the gut( helpful for ulcers, Helicobacter Pylori, yogurt preventing the development of bacteria involved in the onset disease) and improves transit.
If you followed a course of antibiotics, it would be good to eat every day for a period, one yogurt containing live cultures to restore your intestinal flora.
Beneficial lactobacilli in yoghurt normally exists in your body from the first days of life. In time, they disappear and healthy microflora created by them is replaced, depending on the eating habits, with an unhealthy, rotting microflora.
Therefore, bifido-yoghurt bacteria is an ideal solution for health. The organisms in yogurt you replace harmful microflora, rotting, leading to the emergence of very dangerous metabolites, which in time may give rise to colon cancer.
Yogurt strengthens your immune system. You get sick less often eat yogurt daily. Yogurt with active bacteria stimulates immune system, as evidenced by registering sustained growth of certain cytokines.
Certain autoimmune diseases can be prevented by eating yogurt. There are some studies showing that including type-1 diabetes could benefit by eating yogurt. And inflammatory bowel disease benefit from consuming yogurt.
These benefits are visible and in patients with impaired immunity, such as those with HIV or those receiving immunosuppressive treatment for cancer or other diseases.
Yoghurt has a beneficial role in preventing allergies. It reduces the level of IgE( immunoglobulin E, which is an antibody involved in allergies) and increases the level of IL-10( izoleukina 10, a cytokine with mild inflammatory effects). In children with allergies and eczema IgE resulted in improved symptoms.
Yogurt combats osteoporosis. One of two woman and one man in eight will develop sometime osteoporosis( loss of bone strength – the bones become more fragile and will break from minor trauma).
High level of calcium helps maintain bone strength. Also, the calcium in yogurt is more digestible than in the milk.
Yogurt reduces the risk of vaginal candidiasis. Regular eating of yoghurt containing lactobacillus acidophilus decreases vaginal fungal colonization. Yogurt has been used locally to treat these thrush.
Yogurt helps if you have hypertension. Each cup of yogurt gives you significant amounts of calcium, potassium and magnesium – a mineral necessary for good blood pressure control. Studies in patients with hypertension have shown that yogurt lead to a significant reduction in blood pressure.
Yogurt reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. There is an average decrease of 5% of the bad cholesterol and a decrease in total cholesterol of 4%. One study gave a significantly higher figure, showing an 8.4% reduction in bad cholesterol in obese patients, but they had some reduction in weight during the study.
A piece of advice: Choose plain yogurt, with no sugar. Read the label carefully. Sugar yogurts can have more calories than ice cream. Avoid the ones from the markets.
They are not fruit yogurts, instead, they contain jam. If you want fruit yogurts, you can prepare them at your house, from normal yogurt in which you add fresh fruits or dried fruits.
In this case, it would be better to use a yogurt with a small amount of fat( 0.1%), because the combination of sugar( glucose and fructose in fruits) and the for from yogurt will induce a favorable state for your body to storage fat.
Moreover, a fruit yogurt is the best substitute for an ice cream. In this way, you are avoiding sugar and margarine( hydrogenated trans fats) that are present in all ice creams on the market.
Consume peppermint oil!
The strong mint flavor, fresh and invigorating has a long tradition of use as medicine. Its therapeutic effects were known since ancient times and today, scientific research has continued to prove that ancient cultures already knew that mint is one of the valuable natural remedies.
Why using peppermint essential oil? First, the essential oil concentrates all the active principles of plants.
Due to its high menthol, which binds to nerve receptors that are sensitive to cold, mint oil has analgesic properties, anesthetics, antipruritics. Secondly, beyond what we feel or intuit, other healing properties hide too: antiseptic, digestive and immune stimulating.
Here are 10 valuable uses of peppermint essential oil, which you can take them into account in your health care:
In people with gastrointestinal disorders, peppermint oil may be useful to improve gastric emptying.
If you have an upset stomach, try drinking a small glass of water in which you add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil.
It was also found that dyspepsia symptoms were significantly reduced by supplementing with peppermint oil mixed with cumin oil.
By the sensation of coolness that peppermint oil produces, it has a stimulating effect on the body.
Adding a few drops in your bath or shower gel, it will be an almost instant relief. Also, you can create a mix with other essential oils for relieving stress.
Concentrated essential oils are powerful and have active ingredients, which can give side effects and should therefore be used with caution, by testing your tolerance and respecting the dosages and the manufacturer’s instructions.
Avoid these types of medicine
Not only antibiotics destroy microflora, there are other types that apparently seem trivial and should be avoided whenever possible.
Analgesics: are those pills that we call most frequently and are designed to relieve pain, in case of headaches, toothaches, sore muscles or joints. These drugs, which includes active substances like ibuprofen, paracetamol and aspirin reduce inflammation, pain and fever by acting on prostaglandins – chemicals in the body that are responsible for these symptoms.
The downside is that prostaglandins have a beneficial role in the body that protects the stomach lining from the effects of gastric acid, and in their absence the mucosa( stomach’s walls) will be digested with food.
Therefore, elimination of prostaglandins under the influence of painkillers you take( often chaotic and without the actually need for them) increases the risk of ulcers and bleeding in the stomach, resulting in loss of iron from the body.
Moreover, a study conducted at the University of Zagreb( Croatia)has revealed that some analgesics are “clinging” to iron molecules, rendering them unusable for the body.
As you know, iron is an essential mineral for health, playing a vital role in the production of hemoglobin – a protein that carries oxygen throughout the body, feeding all tissues and organs.
Moreover, it has been found that analgesia reduce the activity of folic acid needed to keep under control of the homocysteine – an inflammatory compound that is related to the diseases of the heart. Risks analgesics make: heart disease, depression, diarrhea, mouth sores, anemia.
How to protect yourself: By supplementation with folic acid( 400 to 800 mg) taken once or twice daily, and by iron supplements( 20-30 mg), administered daily for up to three months( this time should not grow, because the supplement can become toxic).
Cholesterol lowering drugs( statins): statins act on the liver, where it blocks a specific enzyme that encourages formation of cholesterol. But with this enzyme, it inhibits the production of an important nutrient( CoQ10), involved in all aspects of energy production to supply the body including the muscular system.
Also, this nutrient is also a powerful antioxidant, able to penetrate any cell type, even those brain cells, to protect them from free radicals. Meanwhile, no cholesterol is not completely bad, being necessary to synthesize vitamin D – the only vitamin that we can not assimilate through diet, but through the skin following exposure to sunlight, and that protects us from cancer and strengthens our bones and the immune system.
Risks produced from statins: fatigue, weakness, memory loss, difficulty breathing, muscle cramps, vulnerability to infection.
How to protect yourself: ubiquinone supplements( CoQ10) and ubiquinol( the active form of this nutrient) from 50 to 200 mg given daily and supplements of vitamin D in doses between 2,000 and 5,000 IU( international units) per day.
Birth control pills: birth control works at a hormonal level, but indirectly affects the intestinal flora, killing healthy bacteria that synthesize vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown that women who take oral contraceptives suffer from nutritional deficiencies for that very reason. Perhaps the most important vitamin that we lack, because of the contraceptive pills is vitamin B6, essential for heart health in regulating sleep cycles and maintain a good mood. In addition, zinc reserves in the body are affected too. Risks produced from birth control pills: insomnia, memory loss, irritability, heart disease, increased risk of cancer.
How to protect yourself: By taking probiotics( 10-40 billion CFU), between one and three per day on an empty stomach. Also, it is necessary to take zinc supplements( 15-25 mg per day) and vitamin B6( 50 mg once or twice daily).
I hope these pieces of advice are going to be useful for those who want to protect themselves from certain factors. Also, a healthy diet and hydrating yourself can do more than everything else.