Bacteria, Probiotics, & Fermented Foods


Benefits of a probiotic diet donna gates

Truth calkins bacterial balance

Daniel vitalis talk


– how we have healthy bacteria in our bodies that are crucial for optimal health and balanced emotional states.

Your gut serves as your second brain, and even produces more serotonin—known to have a beneficial influence on your mood—than your brain does. It is also home to countless bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by at least 10 to one, and maintaining the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria forms the foundation for good health—physical, mental and emotional.


your gut is quite literally your second brain, as it originates from the same type of tissue as your brain! Hence your gut and your brain work in tandem, each influencing the other. And this is why your intestinal health can have such a profound influence on your mental health, and vice versa.



As an adult human, you have three to four pounds of beneficial bacteria and yeast living within your intestines. These microbes compete for nutrients from the food you eat. Usually, the strength in numbers beneficial bacteria enjoy both keeps the ever-present yeasts in check and causes them to produce nutrients such as the B vitamins.


– Antibiotics kill these bacteria and the dangers of antibiotics


Most of us have taken antibiotic medications early in our lives when we were sick to overcome our disease. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed without any awareness or understanding of its consequences on our health. What we didn’t know is that antibiotic medications kill all bacteria, the good and the bad, leaving us without the healthy bacteria that we so desperately need. Due to that, most of us have lived for many years with a compromised immune system.


Every time you swallow antibiotics, you kill the beneficial bacteria within your intestines. When you do so, you upset the delicate balance of your intestinal terrain. Yeasts grow unchecked into large colonies and take over

Yeasts are opportunistic organisms. This means that, as the intestinal bacteria die, yeasts thrive, especially when their dietary needs are met.


It’s like pulling all of the roses out of your garden and leaving the weeds. Water the garden, and it overgrows with weeds. You have a major imbalance in your body.


I believe that parasitic yeasts can also cause you to change what you eat in that they encourage you to binge on carbohydrates including pasta, bread, sugar, potatoes, etc. So, it should come as no surprise that weight gain counts as one of the telltale signs of antibiotic damage and subsequent yeast overgrowth.



By altering the normal terrain of the intestines, antibiotics can also make food allergies more likely. An array of intestinal disorders can ensue, as well. Sadly, most doctors claim ignorance concerning their patients’ intestinal disorders rather than admit that the drugs they themselves prescribed actually caused the disorders to begin with.


In very extreme cases, and when there are no other alternatives available or not awareness of other natural alternatives, antibiotics can save lives, but it’s not exactly a common occurrence. Certainly, most of you out there suffering from the common cold are not near death, so you should think twice about taking antibiotics.


good flora are so vulnerable to antibiotics that, in mice, a “single injection of streptomycin can eradicate the protective effect of the normal flora. (Mandell. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 2000.)” And, once gone, these friendly bacteria are replaced by hostile bacteria such as Pseudomonas, Clostridium, and Klebsiella, and by Candida yeast, a powerful member of the fungi family.

So, we have the good and the bad regarding our chemical friends known as antibiotics. They can “save the day” at times, but they have ruined them at others — just ask any woman with a yeast infection or look at any baby who suffers from thrush.


How many people, children included, have undergone dose after dose of antibiotics for recurring infections? Doug and I believe that these relatively small doses taken over long periods of time are actually harming us in similar, incremental fashion, later showing up as cancer, diabetes, vasculitis or other diseases.


Antibiotic overuse has spurred a vicious cycle. If you take antibiotics, you can develop drug resistance that lasts up to a year. The more antibiotics are prescribed for coughs and flu-like illnessesand the more antibiotics are fed to livestock, the more bacteria become resistant in an endless cycle. And in most cases of human upper respiratory infections, antibiotics are of no use in the first place because the infections are most often fungal in origin—not bacterial.


The following symptoms are all signs that unhealthy bacteria have taken over too much real estate in your gut, and that you probably need to add some healthy probiotics to your diet:

Gas and bloating

Constipation or diarrhea




Sugar cravings, and cravings for refined carb foods


Two additional signs that your gut flora may be adversely impacted are depression and lowered immunity. Both of these are actually common-sense side effects of poor gut health, but they’re usually completely overlooked


– why we should restore our healthy bacteria and how it’s crucial to do so for optimal health

The average person is supposed to have 80% beneficial bacteria and 20% opportunistic. It has sort of flip-flopped. That is why autism, ADHD, allergies, Candida, sugar cravings, alcohol cravings, skin fungal infections, insomnia, PMS, headaches and on and on have increased so much. Candida is such a tag word in the health world today. People think they have Candida because there are so many symptoms that come with it.


Your gut serves as your second brain, and even produces more serotonin—known to have a beneficial influence on your mood—than your brain does. By improving the bacteria levels in our gut, we are automatically setting up the right circumstances for optimal brain function and making better thinking and better decisions inevitable.


your gut and your brain work in tandem, each influencing the other. And this is why your intestinal health can have such a profound influence on your mental health, and vice versa.

This also helps explain the link between neurological disorders (including ADHD and autism) and gastrointestinal dysfunction.


Probiotics, along with a host of other microorganisms, are so crucial to your health that researchers have compared them to “a newly recognized organ.”


Friendly gut bacteria helps produce serotonin, which is also called “happiness hormone” and is the brain chemical that makes us feel good and calm. Without enough friendly bacteria, we will have low levels of serotonin. We will be much more likely to feel depressed and irritable most of the time. As extreme as it may sound, having a healthy gut with an abundance of friendly bacteria is essential for a happy life and a well-functioning brain.


no digestive system can work without them


Most disease originates in your digestive system. This includes both physical and mental disease. Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and make your digestive system work properly again, disease symptoms will typically resolve.


Most people, including many physicians, do not realize that 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system, making a healthy gut a major focal point if you want to maintain optimal health.


You most likely have taken antibiotics at some point in your lives, which killed most or all of your beneficial bacteria and left you with not enough bacteria for you to feel optimally healthy. Therefore, you will need to restore your healthy bacteria levels as quickly and aggressively as you can.




If you look at longevity you will see that people who live a long time are people who culture their own yogurt. They culture some kind of a beverage or they create culture sauerkraut so they are continuously replenishing their body with these healthy bacteria. These healthy bacteria apparently come into existence in not only all animal life forms but they also come into existence out in nature by the degradation of the great plants of the environment. When you take a bunch of the plants in the environment like in China they’ve taken mugwort, they’ve taken reishi mushroom, they’ve taken goji berry and they put them all in these containers and with water. They kind of let them ferment for two, three years and actually what comes out of that is acidophilus and bifidus. That’s where it comes from. That’s how these cultures are, they are coming from these great plants anyway. This whole thing is a complete mystery.

A vast array of nutrients is created by friendly bacteria. Every B vitamin is created by friendly bacteria. All the incredible immune system weapons that are created by friendly bacteria, the natural T fighter cells, the NK cells, are all created by friendly bacteira. These things are derivative products of a healthy digestive tract and in order to have a healthy digestive tract we have to have the friendly bacteria.


– overall benefits of having healthy, optimal bacterial balance

Probiotics are “friendly” or “good” bacteria that live in your intestines  and are necessary for balanced emotional states. Probiotics help your body to operate efficiently and properly, helping with everything from digesting to fighting disease.

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help your body to thrive on multiple levels. In Greek, the term means “for life,” and the myriad of research surrounding these healthful microorganisms suggests that they are, in fact, an integral part of your well-being.


Probiotics are an evolved species and they produce B vitamins and folic acid in the gut. On the fly they do biological transmutation, converting minerals like silica into calcium. This is really, really important for your health.


Probiotics will help to re-establish healthy flora in the gut, increase the digestion of nutrients, and allow for the production of B-Vitamins. In addition, probiotics are responsible for up to 50% of the immune function and create the proper environment within the gut for up to 90% of the body’s serotonin production.


Probiotics are also essential for optimal digestion of food and absorption of nutrients, and they help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and aid in the elimination of toxins.


Far from simply helping your body to better digest and assimilate your food (which they do very well), probiotics influence the activity of hundreds of your genes, helping them to express in a positive, disease-fighting manner.

the researchers noted that probiotics lead to changes similar to those sought after by the pharmaceutical industry, yet with probiotics there are no negative side effects whatsoever.

Probiotics have been shown to provide the following health benefits:

  • Improve digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats
  • Promote regular bowel movements
  • Enhance immune function
  • Contribute to absorption of nutrients
  • Participate in the manufacture of some B vitamins
  • Help combat yeast and fungal infections


researchers revealed that drinking a probiotic-rich beverage influenced the activity of hundreds of your genes in a positive manner.


Any system that is constipated or has a history of loose stools benefits from probiotic supplementation


These bacteria normalize bowel movements by processing body wastes and decreasing the time it takes for waste products to travel through the system. Bloating and gas, rumblings and discomfort are eliminated once the intestinal lining is saturated with good bacteria.


– how to restore our healthy bacteria


Three-way strategy: eating fermented foods, taking soil-based probiotic supplements, and taking a resident probiotic supplement.

– Healthy bacteria can be built up with cultured foods, kefir, sauerkraut and probiotic supplements.

– fermented foods

– Fermenting increases the bioavailability of foods, multiplies their nutritional value, and gives better access to the nutrients and the healing and therapeutic properties of foods.




The best way to do this is by regularly eating fermented foods, such as kimchi and sauerkraut, and by supplementing with probiotics. I have found the absolute best probiotic supplements on the market to be the Adult Formula CP-1, and the Six strain Probiotic Powder by Custom Probiotics. Probiotics from yogurt are not enough to build healthy levels of friendly bacteria in the gut.

You can buy fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kimchi at health food stores, or you can easily make them at home and let them ferment for three days to two weeks before eating them. You can also easily make fermented nut cheeses and add some extremely nutritious foods such as bee pollen, maca, and goji berries to them. The bacteria will eat away all the sugar after a few hours, so you can enjoy the health benefits without raising your blood sugar too high and without feeding opportunistic organisms and cancer cells if you’re fighting that.


An added boon of traditionally fermented foods is that some of them are also excellent sources of vitamin K2, which is important for preventing arterial plaque buildup and heart disease.



Wild fermentation or fermentation with probiotics


supplements are also important for restoring healthy bacteria at optimal levels (Both resident and soil-based)


You might start with a soil-based organism probiotic SBO, which are ancient microbes from the dirt. They are a little more antibiotic in their nature. They are really good for cleansing – they’re like aggressive housecleaners. They eat up the pathogens and the putrefied food and undigested stuff and start cleansing it out. Primal Defense is the most popular soil-based product on the market in health food stores today in America. Get the powder. Start with a scoop a day in a glass of water on an empty stomach. Make sure you don’t get too much Herxheimer reaction.


There is a powerful distinction between SBOs (Soil Based Organisms) and the popular probiotics on the market today. Although SBOs are in the same category as other probiotics, consuming the typical probiotics without the SBOs would be like playing football without a quarterback. The bacteria found in the usual probiotics are endogenous, meaning these bacteria are naturally occurring in the body.
Whereas, the SBOs in BODY BIOTICS® are not endogenous to the body. Soil Based Organisms are non-toxic, friendly, FOREIGN bacteria. As foreign agents, they act as a catalyst for the body to help produce its own natural antibodies which are non-specific and stand readily available to help defend the body against other dangerous unfriendly invaders.


If you want to get a slightly better product, you can go online. There is product called Nature’s Biotics by Life Science. Start with one pill a day, and work your way up to 12 for three months, and do some colonics. It will really clean stuff out.


The strongest resident probiotic that I like is Custom Probiotics, at CP- 1, the six-strain adult formula, has 330 billion organisms per one-third teaspoon. To really address things like candida yeast infections and get your good bacteria levels up, you have to take at least 500 billion organisms per serving to get the therapeutic effect.



CP- 1 is fantastic. For therapeutic shifts, up to two rounded teaspoons – which is about 3 trillion organisms, can be taken at once. Stir it in plain water, or it’s better if you stir it in a fermented beverage, like coconut water kefir to activate it.


  • If you are on a program and you are doing other detoxification, like everything mentioned in this book, and you are going to do it every day, taking that much CP-1 every day could be too much. If you have some systemic viral or fungal infections, you could start going into some heavy-duty Herxheimer detox where you feel like you have the flu and will want to stay home in bed.


  • work your way up to eating fermented foods regularly in significant amounts along with taking probiotic supplements in high doses.


Grok ate dirt…all day, every day. Hey, when you never wash your hands, your food, or anything else, for that matter, you pretty much can’t avoid it. But with all that soil came billions of soil-based organisms (mostly bacteria and yeast) that entered his mouth daily and populated his gut. Most were “friendly” bacteria that actually helped him better digest food and ward off infections. In fact, much

of Grok’s (and our) immune system evolved to depend on these healthy “flora” living in us symbiotically. Grok also ate the occasional “unfriendly” organisms that had the potential to cause illness, but as long as the healthy flora significantly outnumbered the bad guys, all was well. Several trillion bacteria live in the human digestive tract—some good and some bad. Much of your health depends on which of the two is winning the flora war.

The problem today is that not only do we avoid dirt, but we pursue sterility to the extent that we eliminate a significant amount of healthy bacteria from our diet. Of course, given the germs that prevail in the civilized world, it’s probably best that we do thoroughly wash or cook everything we eat. In most healthy people, exposure to routine germs doesn’t usually present a problem. As long as there are some healthy gut bacteria present (healthy, natural foods contain these probiotics inherently—even if we wash them); as long as we don’t get too stressed out (stress hormones can kill off healthy flora) or too sick (diarrhea and vomiting are ways the body purges bad bacteria—but it purges good bacteria along with them), eat too much processed food (sugar, trans and partially hydrogenated fats, and chemical additives support the growth of unhealthy bacteria and yeast, while choking out healthy flora), or take antibiotics (antibiotics tend to kill most bacteria, good and bad—that’s their job); and as long as we are eating well, those healthy bacteria can flourish and keep us healthy.

Of course, the healthy bacteria balance in our intestinal tract gets compromised regularly in all the ways mentioned (even with generally healthy people), again creating an opportunity to benefit from supplementation. You don’t necessarily need to take probiotics every day, because once these “seeds” have been planted in a healthy gut, they tend to multiply and flourish easily on their own. I’d certainly take extra probiotics under times of great stress, when you have been sick or are taking (or have just taken) a course of antibiotics, when you are traveling (particularly to foreign countries, where unfamiliar bacteria—even good stuff from good foods—can overwhelm your digestive system), or when you detect any sign of compromised immune function (the digestive system is critical to immune function). The reversal of fortune from a few days of taking probiotics can be dramatic. “Better than eating dirt,” I always say.

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