Right on time; flu season is once again upon us, and no doubt you’re already getting bombarded with calls to get your “flu shot” so you can be “protected” from this year’s strain of influenza.
Well, you can do that if you choose, or you can take a more proactive approach to warding off the bugs and viruses this year by employing probiotics to help defend you.
What are probiotics? Simply put, it is the good bacteria that resides in your gut and battles infection caused by viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. And it, like bad bacteria, is killed off with antibiotics, often leaving you more vulnerable for the next bug that comes along.
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Fermented foods, such as yogurt, sauerkraut and kimchi, are traditional culinary staples around the globe. (+ Graindrops)
While these foods were mostly created out of necessity—to preserve summer foods well into winter or to make a commodity like milk more shelf stable—they happen to also be foods that are incredibly healing and nourishing for the body.
The health benefits of probiotics for athletes, include enhanced recovery from fatigue, improved immune function and the maintenance of a healthy gut, which can improve general well-being, which then in turn could improve performance on the field of play.
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Kari Kooi, registered dietitian at Houston Methodist Hospital, explains how to navigate the digestive health food niche and find options that offer health benefits beyond basic nutrition.
The Irish Sports Council which plans, leads and co-ordinates the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland released Review and Fact sheets for use of Probiotics for Athletes.
While the studies shown no direct improvement in performance they upon review of the current literature concluded that:
Probiotics may reduce the number of sick days an athletes experiences when training for endurance running events.
Probiotics may reduce the severity of respiratory infection and GI disturbance when they occur
Probiotics may assist with immune function in fatigued athletes
No adverse effects were reported in any of the studies due to probiotic ingestion
By Nathan Gray
Regular consumption of the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium bifidum R0071 is associated with more ‘healthy days’ and a lower reporting of cold or flu, according to new research in academically stressed students.
“Those who pay careful attention to their tastebuds will discover in the complex flavour of asparagus, tomatoes, cheese and meat, a common and yet absolutely singular taste which cannot be called sweet, or sour, or salty, or bitter…”
Dr. Kikunae Ikeda,
It was long known in the west that that were four “tastes” Sweet, sour, salty & bitter. Umami is the fifth taste! The word is derived from delicious and scientists recently “discovered” it; the Japanese have known it for centuries. Umami forms the taste basis of the best beloved Japanese cooked foods.
When koji is used in food preparation, the enzyme proteases breaks down proteins to produce amino acids including glutamate. This amino acid is responsible for umami, a rich, savory flavor that makes food taste delicious. The taste of umami combined with other tastes rounds out the flavor of any dish.
Koji (A. oryzae) has been designated as the National Fungus of Japan (kokkin) by the Brewing Society of Japan because of its importance in Japanese food culture.
Read more about Koji and the fifth taste!
Health.Harvard.Edu has known for years that probiotic are a win! win! win!
Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem — literally and figuratively — hard to swallow. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. Northern Europeans consume a lot of these beneficial microorganisms, called probiotics (from pro and biota, meaning “for life”), because of their tradition of eating foods fermented with bacteria, such as yogurt. Probiotic-laced beverages are also big business in Japan.
Enthusiasm for such foods has lagged in the United States, but interest in probiotic supplements is on the rise. Some digestive disease specialists are recommending them for disorders that frustrate conventional medicine, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Since the mid-1990s, clinical studies have established that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women.
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What can I do if the product isn’t being carried locally?
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