good bacteria

Create more good bacteria & Be healthier & happier


By Mylinda Johnson,

Advanced Diploma of Herbal Medicine,
Master Hypnotherapist & Neuro-Linguistic Programming

The latest research shows that thinner, happier people have more good bacteria, and not just any old bacteria.

Researchers are now saying that new age health treatment plans could just well be specific strains of good bacteria. This research is ongoing and has already changed the way we deal with certain health issues. As we well know the health benefits of taking probiotics after antibiotics (which wipe out most of the good bacteria, allowing bad bacteria to overgrow, causing abdominal bloating, cramps and diarrhea). Do those symptoms sound similar to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and most of the general population’s digestive problems? 

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Yes they do, and those health issues are usually due to diet (processed foods, high sugar, trans fats, non living foods) and lifestyle (stress, pollutants, medications etc). Other health issues researchers have found affected by an overgrowth of these bad bacteria are Skin conditions, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Blood pressure problems, Learning disabilities, Depression, Anxiety, Immunity problems, Allergies, Psychiatric disorders and Digestive problems.

Gone are the days of just taking 1 or 2 probiotic strains eg: Lactobacillus acidophilus & Bifidobacteria strains. Now there are new probiotic strains specific for particular health outcomes. The reason for this is our gastrointestinal tract (gut) has over a trillion different bacteria, containing good and bad bacteria. To keep us healthy we need to keep the good bacteria and not let the bad bacteria override them or multiple health issues may arise. Probiotics taken orally can be destroyed by stomach acids, so now there are strains that have prebiotics (food for the good bugs) and probiotics to aid their survival into the gut where they are needed. Thanks to research & new technology now we have  products containing anything from 4 to 29 different strains of good bacteria.

If you would like get your health back on track, let’s get the right Friendly Bacteria back for you.                

 

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Eat Fat to Lose Fat

By Mylinda Johnson

Adv Dip Herbal Medicine, Mast Hypnotherapy & Neuro-Linguistic Programming

What are good fats? They are called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)Mylinda Johnson HERBALIST, HYPNOTHERAPIST, NLP PRACTITIONER

Eating EFAs and foods containing these good fats help you Feel Fuller and more Satisfied, they also Regulate Hormones to Boost Metabolism, Improve Mood, Concentration and Break Down Bad Fats in your body. What’s the first thing we grab for when we feel tired, lack concentration and feel down? Sugars and high carbohydrate foods! And we usually eat more out of control than normal. When we feel good we eat better, have more energy and make better decisions with what we eat.

Now just a quick blurb about sugars and carbohydrates. They are the real culprit to putting on body fat. What's more, many low-fat and fat-free products are highly processed and contain added sugars and MSG to make up for the lost flavours, so don’t be fooled.

Getting back to EFAs, don’t get too carried away with just weight loss, think about the bonus benefits for your entire body. They boost your immune system, decrease inflammation, improve sleep, cell membrane function, regulating pain, preventing blood clots, regulating blood pressure and nerve transmission, improve skin conditions & increase energy levels.

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There are two families of EFAs, omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids.  These fats are considered essential as they cannot  be produced by the body.

Food sources of omega-3 Fatty Acids are: cold water fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, and trout, olive oil, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts.

Food Sources of omega-6 fatty acids are: Nuts (walnuts, brazils, almonds and cashews), seeds (flax, hemp, sunflower, sesame, pine nuts, and pumpkin seeds), Olive & Evening Primrose oils.                                                                                                                                       

Now we can’t leave out coconut oil (no it is not an EFA), but recent research has found that it has good health benefits being weight loss, boosts immune system, aids digestion and regulates metabolism. These benefits can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid renowned for antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.

Now just to give you something to think about, your brain is made up of about 65% fat (mostly EFAs), what do you think happens without them!?