“Here are some simple ways to rebuild good bacteria or probiotic bacteria in our gut. And how to keep them growing and happy and thus becoming totally healthy again.”
There are many people who have destroyed all of their good bacteria in their GI tract with alcohol including wine and beer, antibiotics, processed food, food additives, fast food, soda, lots of sugar, drugs, chemo, and many other agents. And this leads to an overgrowth of bad bacteria which causes problems including depression, diarrhea, cramping, gas, the inability to digest food, gastric ulcers, IBS, colitis, depression of our immune system and much more.
One simple way to rebuild probiotics in our gut is to take probiotic capsules which can be found at any drugstore these days. Probiotics are all of a sudden important, so there are lots of different probiotics on the market now. Find a probiotic supplement that contains at least 8 to 10 or more different types of probiotic bacteria. The brand doesn’t seem to matter, just finding one with lots of different bacteria is very important… because normally we have thousands of different good bacteria in our GI tract.
Take 4 probiotic capsules 4 times a day for one month. This will kickstart the growth of good bacteria and rebuild the 4 lbs of good bacteria we need in our colon. And for maintenance take 4 probiotic capsules once a week from that point on.
Also Kimchi a spicy Korean pickled cabbage contains over 400 different probiotic bacteria and it’s one of the best ways to reintroduce good bacteria back into the gut. Kimchi can be found at Korean markets, Asian Markets, and even some good supermarkets stock Kimchi because lots of people love Asian food, thus Kimchi is becoming very popular and easy to find.
Take 1 tablespoon of Kimchi 2 or 3 times a week for one month to rebuild probiotics. And for maintenance take 1 tablespoon of Kimchi once a week from that point on.
Natural Sauerkraut is also another fermented cabbage that contains lots of good bacteria which will rebuild probiotics in our gut. Remember that most Sauerkraut on the store shelves has been heat processed thus killing all the natural and beneficial bacteria making these Sauerkrauts impossible to use for rebuilding good bacteria. Go to any good health food or natural foods market and find fresh Sauerkraut in the refrigerator section of the market. It comes in bottles similar to mayonnaise jars and it’s cold and full of great bacteria. These natural Sauerkrauts will rebuild probiotic bacteria in a very short time… just like Kimchi.
Take 4 to 5 tablespoons of natural Sauerkraut per week for one month. Then for maintenance take 1 or 2 tablespoons once a week from that point on.
Stay Away From Dairy Products
When we’ve depleted all the good bacteria in our gut we don’t have the ability to break down dairy products. Taking dairy products at this point to rebuild probiotics leads to cramping, gas, and diarrhea. And according to many naturopaths and the Gerson Institute we don’t have the ability to break down animal proteins in our GI tract at all… so it’s best to stay away from dairy products to rebuild probiotics.
The Care and Feeding of Probiotics
Now that probiotics are slowly taking hold in our GI tract it’s most important to feed those bacteria a proper diet to make sure they grow to be 4 lbs of healthy bacteria in our gut. And the proper diet for growth of those bacteria contains lots of fiber, yes good old fiber and sugars that cannot be broken down as nutrients for our body. Fiber creates a home for good bacteria to grow in, and the simple sugars that are none nutritive are utilized by these good bacteria to thrive and grow.
This is the most important aspects of taking care of probiotic bacteria in our gut. Most people eat only 1/4 to 1/5 the amount of fiber they should eat and without that fiber our good bacteria can’t thrive… and thus we never have a powerful immune system.
Beans, Green Bananas, and Veggie Fiber
Beans and lentils are some of the best foods for promoting the growth of good bacteria in our gut. Beans and lentils contain lots of fiber and simple sugars that we are unable to digest but the probiotic bacteria can digest, thus these simple sugars keep our probiotics growing strong so they finally become that healthy 4 lbs of good bacteria in our gut.
Eating one cup of beans or lentils daily creates a good environment for the growth of probiotic bacteria.
Green Bananas also contain lots of fiber and simple sugars that care for our probiotic bacteria. Either eating green bananas raw or somewhat unripe bananas is great for our GI tract. And green bananas can also be peeled and boiled for 30 minutes and allowed to cool and used as a starch similar to rice and potatoes with meals. And green bananas contain a lot more fiber and simple sugars than potatoes and brown rice. Green bananas never become soft when cooking so don’t think they will soften up like potatoes or rice, they always stay firm, so make sure to cook them for 30 minutes in boiling water, them keep them in water in the frig for later use. Plus in many countries boiled green bananas are a staple food.
Eat 1 or 2 boiled green bananas each week to keep probiotic bacteria growing strong.
Veggies also contain fiber and some simple sugars but not as much as we find in beans, lentils, and green bananas. But green leafy veggies are important for adding another dimension of fiber to our diet and giving us all the nutritive agents we need to be very healthy.
Eat at least 2 cups of fresh green leafy veggies everyday.
Rebuild your probiotic bacteria, feed them right, and feel great for years to come!
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 25 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to connect with him any time.
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