I am very excited to present this case history because in just one example, we can discuss numerous clinical findings. This testimonial is an example of so many hundreds of women (and occasionally men) I see who fall in between the cracks of what modern medicine can diagnose and therefore treat. Doctors are trained to diagnose and treat disease, however, they are not able to detect early stages of the disease process and thus many patients go untreated as their test results fall within normal parameters.
This is extremely true in the case of the thyroid gland. I see so many patients with subclinical hypothyroidism who present with symptoms of low-functioning thyroid, but their tests all come back normal, and they are extremely frustrated as they are left to cope with their health problems on their own. Sometimes I even see patients who are on thyroid medicine, and yet they too still have symptoms of hypothyroidism.
In both cases, we need to treat the underlying imbalances that are affecting thyroid function, and support the thyroid gland in numerous ways, through the use of herbs, dietary and lifestyle changes, so we can bring the thyroid functions back to normal.
For years, I have seen that whenever I have detected weakness in the thyroid gland, I invariably found weakness in the gall bladder. In fact, I have seen this relationship so often that I decided to do a google scholar search to see if researchers had also found this link. And there it was! It turns out, there are numerous studies showing that when the thyroid is underactive, the sphincter that releases bile out of the gall bladder into the duodenum (the Sphincter of Oddi) becomes lazy. The way the researchers describe it is that the thyroid hormones relax the Sphincter of Oddi, allowing the bile to squirt out. But low thyroid function results in increased tension on the Sphincter, not allowing it to release the bile.
Understanding this relationship has enabled me to help hundreds of our hypothyroid patients fix their digestion, their acid reflux (the bile neutralizes the stomach acids, which also squirt into the duodenum), gas, bloating, stomach pain, high cholesterol, constipation (bile flow gives you the urge to move your bowels), weight gain — since these functions are all dependent on proper bile flow.
This patient presented with symptoms of severe constipation, fatigue, stomach pain, extreme burping, making it difficult to get through the day and go to work. Yet her thyroid tests came back within normal limits and all studies done on her gall bladder and digestive tract were also normal.
It only took a few months to bring her thyroid function back to normal, and increase her bile flow, resulting in sustained energy all day long. Her intense belching went away and her bowels are moving every day now.
Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
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Devadāru – from the Sanskrit deva, ‘god,’ and dāru, ‘wood’ or ‘tree’ literally means ‘tree of the gods.’ There are currently 126 documented species of pines in the world. In my ancestral homeland of Jharkhand, in North East India, the Pinus roxburghii (Pinus longifolia) commonly known as “chir pine” or “longleaf Indian pine,” decks our landscape with its majestic and aromatic presence. My father, Vaidya Kameshwar Mishra, used pine needles extensively in his practice, but particularly to address female hormonal issues – for women of all ages. In Ayurveda, devadaru is used in many different recipes and formulas as a primary ingredient.
Best Yogavahi for SVA Hormone-Modulating Formulas and a Great Rasayana
The ancient ayurvedic healers who cognized the health benefits of pine listed how the tree had a long, sturdy, and healthy life and was impervious to seasonal changes: pine trees display a unique tolerance to climactic change and variations. They easily tolerate scorching summer temperatures, but also thrive in cold weather, snow, and ice. This tolerance to weather extremes translates into this tree’s unique health-endowing prabhava (post-digestive energetic health properties). When used properly along with a balanced diet and routine, adding pine needle to your herbal protocol can promote a long, healthy, and sturdy life, by working from the level of the hormones.
Let us see what the 14th century source textbook of Bhava Mishra, the Bhav Prakash Nighantu has to say about Devadaru:
Devadāru laghu snigdhaṁ tiktoṣṇaṁ kaṭupāki ca| vibandhādhmānaśothāmatandrāhikkājvarāsrajit| pramehapīnasaśleṣmakāsakaṇḍūsamīranut||25|| bhā. pra. karpūrādivarga
See all the amazing properties of the divine Pine Tree in a word by word translation of this verse. Devadaru is:
Tiktoṣṇaṁ: Bitter and warm;
Kaṭupāki: Pungent vipak (post digestive effect);
Vibandhā: ‘Locked up’ or obstructed apana – supports the proper downward flow of apana;
Adhmān: Samana vata imbalance causing bloating and discomfort – relieves this uncomfortable condition;
Sothāma: Inflammation due to ama (toxins) – detoxifies the blood and muscles to reduce inflammation these tissues;
Tandrā: Drowsiness – takes away drowsiness by reinvigorating the blood;
Hikka: Hiccough – calms hiccough caused by lack of coordination between samana and udana;
Jvarāsrajit: addresses fever – particularly fever due to toxins or doshic imbalances in the blood tissue;
Prameha: helps balance the loss of useful substances through urination;
Pīnas: Chronic sinusitis- helpful for this condition.
Sleṣmakāsa: Cough with mucous expectoration – useful in this condition.
Kaṇḍūsamīranut : Itchy skin due to vyana vata aggravation – relieves this type of itchiness.
Recently, I was doing some research for additional hormonal modulators for women, and I remembered my father’s teachings on Devadaru. Did you know that devadaru also carries therapeutic aromatic properties? The scent of the devadaru tree is particularly uplifting for a woman according to the shastras. I decided to make a Devadaru or Pine Needle Herbal Memory Nectar Drop to make all its hormone balancing properties available for women. I also went ahead and revised my Flash Freeze formula and added Devadaru to it to further help with menopausal hot flashes and symptoms.
My SVA Herbal-Memory Nectar drops carry the intelligence of the devadaru; the vegetable glycerine base acts as the best yogavahi (carrier) to deliver the properties of the pine needles to deep tissues. When taken with my other hormonal modulating formulas such as: Femi Ojas, the For Her Cream, the beneficial properties are enhanced give a rasayana (rejuvenator) effect. Devadaru can also be used by pre- or post- or menopausal women.
Pine needles are a great rasayana for women and they support overall hormonal activity and balance. But pine needles do not directly supply hormones; nor do we typically use them singularly to encourage the body’s natural production of female hormones. For that purpose, we can support the hormones in a balanced way with may different tools. I have countless women who come to me seeking ayurvedic help, so I have put together many unique formulas to help with this condition. Namely:
• Flash Freeze Tablets & Flash Freeze HMN
These SV Ayurveda products contain herbs and spices that support the production of hormones and also the flow, delivery, and interaction of the female hormones with the organs and systems. But, as you know, I always strive to improve my formulas or add new better formulations. If you ask me, the Pine Needle HMN Drops would represent a quantum leap in hormonal delivery! Adding these drops to any, or all, of the formulas listed above gives the best yogavahi. A yogavahi, as my father explained, is an intelligent ingredient that enhances the delivery and interaction of all ingredients in a formula. Pine Needle carries all the properties of the best yogavahi. But in addition to that, it is also a great rasayana – it helps reverse aging, promotes longevity, and strengthens immunity.
Why and how do pine needles support a woman’s physiology?
In general terms, Devadaru pacifies apana vata that governs the reproductive area); it also helps reduces inflammatory toxins by cooling off the pitta of the blood. Overall, it is a great plant for pacifying all vata subdoshas.
On a more specific level: First, it lubricates all the dry micro-circulatory channels due to its unctuousness and further opens and enlivens the channels with its warmth. Usually, when we use unctuous herbs and foods, we risk clogging the ‘srotamasi,’ or physical channels. But pine needles, due to their laghu or light quality can enter into any micro-channel and support the flow of hormones in the channel so that they reach and interact with the organs and organ systems.
Lubricating and enlivening the physical channels is no small point, especially as a woman ages. Due to advancing age, or other factors, the micro-circulatory channels transporting the hormones can become dry, stiff, and narrow. In particular, during the vata time of life, starting the 3rd quarter around age 65 and above, a vata aggravating diet, or vata aggravating routine with poor sleep will do the trick. Great exposure to EMF devices that carry electro-magnetic fields also promotes such imbalancing. In these situations, even though a woman’s body may still be producing all the essential hormones, the poor flow and delivery of the hormones will be similar to her body not producing any hormones at all, and result in early aging symptoms.
Pine needles are slightly bitter in taste. Bitter tasting things are made primarily of akash or the space element according to Ayurveda. This is said to help open and detoxify overall circulatory channels.
Pine needles are also known to be ushna or warm, so we know they give deep thermogenic enlivening activity to the channels.
Last but not least the vipak or post-digestive effect is pungent. This helps burn the micro-molecules of ama that otherwise clog the micro circulatory channels.
So you see this is how Devadaru helps a woman’s physiology: it cleans and clears the paths of the micro and macro channels to better deliver the hormones. When my Devadaru Herbal Memory Nectar is taken along with the SVA Femi Ojas, or Shakti for Her drops, it aids in their delivery faster and more efficiently and results are more visible more quickly. In this capacity, Devadaru is a fantastic yogavahi for all these nectar drops as it enhances their delivery and action to further support a woman’s physiology.
Who Should Use Devadaru Herbal Memory Nectar Drops?
The Devadaru Herbal-Memory Nectar Drops may be used by women ages 15 and above. It can be used by those with normal hormonal levels looking to balance the flow and delivery of hormones; it can also be used by post-menopausal women seeking to but having some problems with hormonal delivery due to problems in the channels. Devadaru HMN drops are especially useful for women with declining levels of hormones: peri and post-menopause. Read more about SV Ayurveda formulas and home-remedies and protocols for hormonal balance on my blog here: Additional hormonal balance details for peri- and post-menopausal women and 5 Key Factors and Practical Tips for Hormonal Balance in Women. If you already have a SVA hormonal protocol, you can just add Devadaru Nectar drops to it to further enhance its efficiency.
New & Improved Flash Freeze Tablets & Flash Freeze HMN Drops
I added pine needles to my Flash Freeze Tablets and Flash Freeze Nectar drops and had some clients test them for efficacy. Here is what one client had to say:
Heavenly SVA herbal “nectar” drops
“I am in my mid-forties. I started having hot flashes about two years ago. I went to see Vaidya Mishra for a SVA consult, and he gave me a full SVA protocol that consisted of Herbal-Memory Nectar Drops, Transdermal Creams and a proper diet for balancing estrogen and progesteron on a monthly basis. After implementing everything, I experienced some relief, but not completely. So I went back for a follow-up so he could adjust things further.
Vaidya Mishra checked my pulse and told me that my hormonal imbalance were working in tandem with liver issues, aggravating things further. He said the original guidelines had helped pacify some immediate hormonal imbalances and that I this point I was ready to take things to the next level. He explained that this is how Ayurveda works: it’s an ongoing process of fine-tuning and slowly addressing the root cause. He explained that at this point I was ready for additional herbal support. He said he was researching the hormonal balancing powers of Pine (Pinaceae). He said he was in the process of making Pine nectar drops. In the meantime, he gave me some fresh pine needles, collected from the pine tree in his own backyard, to add to my herbal tea. As per his suggestion, I included few strands in the SVA Tripti Tea I was drinking after dinner everyday.
To my surprise after ten days, my hot flashes completely vanished, and I started seeeing all signs of hormonal balancing. My mood also improved. After two years of incessant hot flashes, I finally feel cool and comfortable again.
I am very much looking forward to trying the actual Pine Herbal-Memory Nectar drops as an ongoing protocol since I am now in my early menopause.
I want to thank you, Vaidya Mishra, for your guidance and healing, and yet another divine herbal “nectar” drop from SVA Heaven!”
Due to the yogavahi properties of Devadaru, the delivery of the other ingredients in Flash Freeze Tablets are enhanced. And due to its rasayana prabhava the rejuvenating effects are multiplied many fold. In fact, I can say with all confidence that the new Flash Freeze formula is ten times more powerful than the original in its potency for addressing and managing hormonoal hot flashes.
Ingredients: ‘Total Devadaru’ (Vaidya Mishra’s proprietary herbal blend) with Pine Sweet Orange and Grapefruit in a kosher, vegetable, glycerin base.
The pine needles in the nectar drop and in reformulated Flash Freeze Tablets & Flash Freeze HMN are sourced from my very own back yard – a special area of land where I grow many fresh ayurvedic herbs and spices for certain formulations.
Directions: 2 – 5 drops either alone in 32 oz. of spring water or with other SVA hormonal support drops, or use as directed by your SVA Practitioner. Sip during the day but not past 5 pm. Discard unused portions and make fresh batch each day.
Contraindications: Do Not use if/when pregnant or breastfeeding.
These products and statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and are not intended to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All of the information above is intended to be used for educational purposes only and may not be used to replace or compliment medical advice.
The gut-brain axis states that a healthy gut populated by flourishing friendly bacteria can help you think more clearly; it can make you more resolute in your outlook and decision; give you steady mood mode; and helps generate neuro-transmitters that support brain functioning fully.
Friendly bacteria or beneficial microorganisms inhabiting our gut and hosted by our body were a central part of SVA healing in my father’s, Vaidya Kameshwar Mishra’s clinic. We do not find a straightforward discussion of friendly bacteria in Ayurvedic texts, only an indirect one, such as through the discussion of the health promoting properties of yoghurt. However, for my father, this was the missing puzzle in many conditions for patients who came to him with chronic ailments.
As far as I am aware, my father coined the term yogini-s to refer to the friendly bacteria in our gut. Yogini – from the Sanskrit root word “yog” (akin to the English “yoke”) because they are the ones who conjugate the external world with the internal biochemical environment of our bodies. They bring it together through their metabolic activity, by breaking down nutrients and nutritional packets that we ingest, making them available for absorption and use by the body. But not just that! They also add in their own pranic energy in the process, so that the nutrition that gets absorbed is further enlivened and enhanced in its properties for our use.
I have written at length about the importance of yogini-s for health, internally, as well as externally for our skin on my blog: www.vaidyamishra.com/blog. The friendly bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract are the foundation of our overall health, the health of our immune system, and more. In skin care supplying and ensuring the survival of these micro-organisms for our skin care regimen is essential because these yogini-s (friendly bacteria) enhance the pranic coordination between the skin and the environment, helping the skin to receive more soma from the environment and thus produce more ojas (neurotransmitters and immune supporting factor). In turn, more ojas supports the barrier function of the skin, which helps protect the body from infection and the hazardous effects of the xenobiotic (household chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, etc.) and vibrational toxins (EMFS). Furthermore, their colonization on the skin (just as in the GI tract) protects the skin from the growth of any number of unfriendly bacteria.
How Yogini-s (Friendly Bacteria) Support Skin Health & Beauty
- Conjugate the individual pranic energy with the universal pranic energy – they act as the bridge where the universal and the individual interact;
- Boost the skin’s receptivity of Soma (nurturing energy) from the environment;
- Enliven the protective barrier function of the skin with a live, dynamic shield;
- Fight and limit the growth of infectious bacteria;
- Soothe skin inflammation;
- Give anti-aging and anti-wrinkle support for the skin by keeping the skin metabolism alive;
- ï Protect the skin against the damaging effects of EMF/EMR/RF;
Friendly Bacteria on the Inside
The key to total health lies in maintaining thriving and flourishing colonies of friendly bacteria in your gut. For that, Ayurveda is a treasuretrove. For example, drinking “lassi,” a mixture of yoghurt and water, is one of the best ways to support the friendly bacteria in our gut. If yoghurt or milk products are too heavy for you, you can try my probiotic coconut drink and probiotic recipes. Here are the simple recipe and links.
Yogurt: mix 80/20 ratio of spring water to home-made yogurt. Add Soma Salt to taste and a few pinches of Mom’s Masala. Blend well in a blender. This is a delicious drink to help replenish your friendly bacteria of the gut. Lassi is reputed for its health benefits for the digestive system.
Takra: Takra is obtained from the churning of yoghurt into butter. The yellowish liquid that results when the fat content is separated, is called Takra. It is highly populated with friendly bacteria, and is considered a superfood by Ayurveda, because it is very balanced in its ratio of soma to agni – the churning action infuses further agni energy into the yoghurt, making takra by far easier to digest than lassi.
You can make fresh buttermilk or takra by combining 20% fresh yogurt with 80% water (room temperature) and blending on high speed for 5 -10 minutes in the blender. You may then take out the foam top, and sprinkle Soma Salt to taste. You may also add ¼ tsp toasted cumin seeds or some Mum’s Masala per 8 oz. of buttermilk. Make sure to drink only with lunch not dinner. Best is to have a sip and then a bite.
Friendly Bacteria on the Outside – Synbiotic Skin Care
Several years ago based on divine guidance and the Shaka Vansya SVA Ayurvedic lineage, I formulated pre & probiotic products for face and body that strengthen the immune system, protect, enhance, and enrich the skin. These products offer a two-step approach to skin care that goes beyond the doshas. The prebiotic formulas support the environment for the growth of friendly bacteria on the skin and act as food needed by the probiotics to survive. The probiotic formulas deliver viable, living lactobacillus bacteria to and needed by our skin. Together these products offer a Synbiotic solution to the all-too-common depletion of the skin’s friendly bacteria.
Synbiotic (prebiotic and probiotic) topical skincare is the ultimate in skin care. Our body and mental and physical health depend on the trillions of friendly microbiota that it hosts. Sadly, our friendly bacteria get depleted through the use of antibiotics, environmental toxins; poor diet; the use of toxic preservatives such as parabens; non-alkaline acidic food; toxic personal care products; excess alcohol intake; too many anti-bacterial solutions in skin products; chemical peels and more. The overuse of antibiotics is of particular concern as antibiotics not only kill pathogenic germs, they also kill beneficial bacteria.
When our optimal level of friendly bacteria drops we see and experience symptoms of dry and rough skin, thinning and scaly skin, lack of resistance against environmental and seasonal changes and allergies, and flare-ups related to auto-immune conditions. The skin loses it healthy luster, elasticity, and glow, and eventually becomes wrinkled. The face especially often shows these signs more than other parts of the body. Common chronic skin conditions include; eczema, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, allergies, dermatitis, rashes etc.
In whatever approach we take to support the body and mind, SV Ayurveda always believes in total care. This is no less true with respect to the skin. To really give age-defying action for the skin we must take several steps, including:
- Oleate the skin for smoothness, suppleness, and to encourage nutrition and detoxification
- Feed the skin Bio-Active collagen
- Enhance the skin’s transformation and synthesis of protein molecules
- Provide greater thermogenesis to enhance circulation in the skin
- Repair sun damage and make the skin less photo-sensitive
In addition to these points, we must support the friendly flora, or yogini-s, of our skin. Without this step, our skin care can not be complete nor 100% effective. The SVA Synbiotic approach of using prebiotics and probiotics in skincare is straightforward: reduce the amount of bad bacteria, while preserving and supporting the beneficial bacteria that protect our skin from infections and other environmental effects. The topical application of prebiotics promotes the growth of beneficial bacterial and inhibits harmful bacteria. The topical application of probiotics provides a preventative and alleviating effect for many skin issues.
SVA Full Spectrum Synbiotic Skin Care
I have formulated these proprietary pre & probiotic SVA Synbiotic Skin Care products after thoroughly familiarizing myself with contemporary scientific research, and then applying the practical knolwedge of my SV Ayurveda lineage.
The prebiotic herbs used in the SVA skincare line are bacteriostatic. This means they stop bad bacteria from reproducing without harming the good bacteria. They provide a healthy environment and food for friendly bacteria to thrive, and keep the pH level of the skin neutral. Since the bad bacteria are not welcome, they leave or simply do not multiply. The SVA skincare line does not use bactericidal substances, which are designed to kill bacteria. Together the SVA pre- and pro-biotic products provide a safe, effective two-step solution for balancing the skin, protecting it, and reversing skin aging.
Whether for our face or body we must use only paraben-free cleansers that are 100% free from synthetic scents or additives. These synthetic products suffocate friendly bacteria and create a negative environment on the skin where friendly bacteria cannot thrive. That is why the ingredients of my SVA Prebiotic products clean the skin and create a healthy nurturing environment for the beneficial microflora (not all ingredients are in each product, please see individual labels):
- Turmeric – immune modulator and bacteriostatic
- Neem leaf – supports cellular immunity
- Ashoka – binds auto-immune toxins
- Lodhra – firms and reshapes skin
- Triphala – nurtures and helps bind toxins
- Iron bhasma – provides extra nourishment and supports the immune system
- Praval pishti – Coral calcium to nurture skin and balance skin pH
- Baking powder – alkalizes and cleanses
- Marshmallow root – contains inulin, an adaptable substance that helps bind toxins & food for friendly bacteria
- Slippery elm – helps bind toxins and supply prebiotic nourishment for friendly bacteria
- Indian sarsaparilla – fat purifier, it binds and evacuates acidic toxins in the fat tissue and sweat that inhibit friendly bacteria
- Praval bhasma – balances acidic pH
- Pranic clay – for enhanced delivery of life-enforcing pranic energy to help absorb toxins and dead skin cells.
- Sweet orange and grapefruit – gentle natural preservatives
- Manjistha – immune corrector, ideal for evacuating amavisha, or toxic acidic accumulation
- Vegetable glycerin – emulsifier base
- Ylang ylang – calming and uplifting fragrance
- Jasmine – unifies skin layers through its unique “sandhaniya” effect
- Lavender – calms mental tension
The Probiotic creams in the SVA line include an organic base of coconut and vegetable glycerin, ylang ylang, jasmine, sweet orange and grapefruit as natural preservatives, neem, turmeric, manjistha, Indian sarsaparilla, guduchi, aloe vera, and live lactobacillus bulgaricus as the active probiotic ingredient.
How to do it: SVA Skin Care Protocol
SVA Synbiotic & Collagen Full Spectrum Anti-aging Support
The best time to nurture the friendly bacteria of our skin is right before we go to bed. This is because we have fewer disturbances from computers and cell phones. The EMF/EMR from these devices suffocate and burn the friendly bacteria. Also at night our exposure to airborne xenobiotics (external toxins) is less. This factor also weakens the survival of friendly bacteria.
The following protocols are categorized by body and face and by how much your skin has aged.
Synbiotic Facial Protocols with Collagen Enhancement for Mild to moderate wrinkles and other signs of aging
Daily each morning
- Wash your face with SVA Turmeric Soap & Rinse
- Apply Lalita’s Facial Toner
- Apply a Lalita’s Collagen Facial Cream or Oil of your choice
Bedtime Routine – once or twice per week
- Clean your face with a thin layer of Lalita’s Prebiotic Facial Clay
- Leave it on for 5-8 minutes, then rinse off
- Apply a thin layer of Lalita’s Probiotic Facial Cream
Facial Protocols for Advanced Aging, Severe dryness, wrinkles, and sagging skin
- Morning routine same as above
- Bedtime routine same as above but do it at least 3 times a week
Synbiotic and Collagen Support for the Body
Body skin is far more extensive than facial skin. This protocol can therefore be used and targeted for your more troublesome areas of the body – those that may be showing greater signs of aging: less toned, more dry, sagging or flabby areas. Again, just before bed is the best time for pre & probiotic support. In the morning, give those same areas nutritional support with Bio-CoQ10 and NutriFascia Cream to feed and synthesize the collagen.
Daily each morning
- Apply Bio-CoQ10 (synthesizes collagen protein molecules; improves skin tone) Discover how this product works on my Blog article. Do Not use on face.
- Apply NutriFascia to the affected areas of body – see blog article above to learn more on how this nurtures declining levels of collagen. Do Not use on the face.
Bedtime Routine – Use once or twice per week for prevention of body skin aging. Use twice per week to nurture and tone affected areas.
- Apply a layer of Lalita’s Prebiotic Cream Clay for the Body
- Leave it on for 5 minutes, then rinse off
- Apply Lalita’s Probiotic Cream for the Body
Additional references on Synbiotic skin care
Disclaimer: These products and statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and are not intended to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All of the information above is intended for educational purposes only and may not be used to replace or complement medical advice.
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According to a Harvard health publication, scientific evidence shows certain illnesses — including Crohn’s disease — can be managed with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. The friendly bacteria are called probiotics. Pro and biota meaning “for life.”“People are hearing the word ‘probiotics’ but I don’t think they understand just how important they are for their health,” said Marianne Teitelbaum, who practices Ayurvedic medicine.After a newborn is breastfed, Teitelbaum says, “the friendly bacteria start to grow in the lining of the intestinal tract.”“These friendly bacteria are the foundation of not only our immune system but of our total health because they perform many important functions.” Those are:
1. Training the Immune System
“The immune system has intelligence to know what to attack, like viruses and bacteria,” said Teitelbaum. “Once you lose your frieandly bacteria, your immune system loses its intelligence and starts attacking your food or body,” which can trigger food allergies and/or autoimmune diseases.
2. Defending Against Invading Organisms
“Every breath you take, there’s infection going in — strep, flu viruses. And the friendly bacteria are the first line of defense against all kinds of these invading organisms. If you have friendly bacteria it decreases your chances of catching colds and flus; mono and HPV,” said Teitelbaum.
3. Increasing Nutrient Absorption
“Even if you eat healthy food, the food you’re eating has to be absorbed into your bloodstream,” said Teitelbaum. Probiotics help absorb the nutrients essential to maintaining optimal health.
4. Preventing Yeast Overgrowth
“Probiotic treatment that restores the balance of microflora may be helpful for such common female urogenital problems as bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, and urinary tract infection,” according to the Harvard health report.
Teitelbaum adds that an “overgrowth of yeast can lead to a chronic fatigue.” “If your friendly bacteria are missing, you’re going to be suffering throughout your life,” said Teitelbaum, who says pharmaceuticals, specifically antibiotics, deplete friendly bacteria. So, it’s important to take probiotics regularly. Probiotics are found in “foods fermented with bacteria, such as yogurt,” according to health reports. To maximize probiotic content, “make your own your yogurt with an active culture,” said Teitelbaum, who recommends the probiotic manufacturer and distributor Natren.
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