With headlines like “Dreaded ‘stomach flu’ wreaks havoc on families — and it’s only going to get worse”, the stomach flu is giving many families a rocky start to 2017. Stomach flu treatment focuses primarily on dealing with the symptoms while the virus runs its course, although a 2010 study suggests that probiotics taken early may shorten symptoms by about a day. [Read more…]Translate the Site
Do probiotics for colds and flu really help? Let's check it out.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms similar to the “friendly” bacteria found naturally in the body's digestive system. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) of Maryland states that we each house two to five pounds (1.0 to 2.26 kilograms) of live bacteria inside our bodies. On average, we have 10 bacteria cells for each single human cell. We are more bacteria than we are human – strange, but true. (Makes using all those antibacterial products sound like a bad idea, doesn't it?) [Read more…]Translate the Site
Are you wondering when the next massive round of food-borne illness will occur?
It seems like every time you turn on the news there's another food recall. If you check the FDA food recall list, there are literally dozens of products listed at any given time. Big gatherings where food sits out for hours – for instance, potlucks – often end up with people ill from some degree of food poisoning. There are ways you can help protect yourself from salmonella and e coli naturally.
Note: This article contains advice on general food safety and boosting your immune system. It is for general information purposes only.If you are experiencing severe pain, vomiting, diarrhea or other complications, please consult your healthcare practitioner immediately! I am not a doctor, I am only sharing what works for me and my family.
“The trend in bacterial development of antibiotic resistance is not unlike the increasing resistance of agricultural pests to pesticides. In 1938, scientists knew of just seven insect and mite species that had acquired resistance to pesticides. By 1984 that figure had climbed to 447 and included most of the world's major pests. In response to heavier pesticide use and a wider variety of pesticides, pests have evolved sophisticated mechanisms for resisting the action of chemicals designed to kill them. Pesticides also kill the pests' natural enemies, much like antibiotics kill the natural enemies of harmful bacteria in the body.”
– by Michael Schmidt, from Beyond Antibiotics
What if I told you weeds and bacteria we are trying so hard to kill could save your life? Would you think I was crazy? I've been doing a lot of reading and a lot of thinking lately, and I've come to realize that much of what we are told in our day to day lives is not only inaccurate, but flat out wrong. Here are my latest thoughts on our wild and tiny neighbors. [Read more…]Translate the Site
Recently I was contacted by Zac from Zukay Live Foods, who asked me if I would be interested in reviewing their Zukay Live Foods Kvass. Never one to turn down a chance to try something new, I told him to send some over. 🙂
What the heck is kvass, and what is it made of?
Kvass is a raw, naturally fermented (probiotic) beverage made from bread or vegetables. In the case of Zukay Live Foods, they source raw, organic vegetables – locally and in season whenever possible – from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op. They use a few dry roots, herbs and spices from Mountain Rose Herbs, and a small amount of raw, organic stevia for sweetness. The salt they use is Celtic Seas Salt from Selina Naturally, which has a full range a natural minerals. The vegetables are naturally fermented (think sauerkraut), then juiced and bottled – that's it. [Read more…]Translate the Site