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How to Get Benefits You Might Have Missed
November 10, 2013
Hello from PowerOfProbiotics.com! Thanks for joining me on this journey of health transformation!
In this issue…
B. infantis: How to Get Benefits You Might Have Missed
If you are like me and as an infant missed out on the benefits of breastfeeding, then you probably missed out on a lot of the benefits of the probiotic bacterium Bifidobacterium infantis, or B. infantis for short. Most, although not all, breastfed infants that were sampled in a couple of studies were found to have B. infantis in their digestive tracts.
According to some studies, B. infantis is one of 4 species that are typical for breastfed infants, but its numbers decline as we age. Why is that? One reason is that B. infantis prefers the complex carbohydrates that are found in breast milk more than anything else. So although it can survive on other types of carbs, it probably doesn’t compete as well and slowly dwindles in numbers once a baby is weaned.
If you or someone you know is debating about whether or not to breastfeed a child, or if you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding, I highly recommend the site Breastfeeding Quest published by my friend Viktoriya. She provides solid advice from someone who has been-there-and-done-that and provides honest reviews of related products which may enhance your breastfeeding experience. I receive no compensation for this recommendation.
If you are like me, one of the things we missed out on by not being breastfed were the beneficial effects of B. infantis in helping our intestines develop strong barrier defenses, in protecting us against some pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella bacteria, and in keeping our immune system in the GI tract better balanced.
Fast forward many years, and now as adults, we may still be able to reap benefits from this infantile bacterium. How? Find out more on this Bifidobacterium infantis page.
"In case You Missed Them" New Website PagesIn addition to the B. infantis page, here is the newest information on the website:
Align is a probiotic supplement that contains a patented strain of B. infantis that shows benefit for issues related to the colon such as constipation, diarrhea and even IBS. Read my review of this product.
Bifantis is a clever name for a probiotic strain.
Nutritionist Tip About VertigoVertigo is dizziness to the extreme. This tip is from my personal experience. One night recently, I was laying on my back while sleeping and sneezed. The next thing I knew the room was spinning. Getting out of bed and walking around was extremely difficult, as the spinning happened any time I moved at all.
An internet search suggested that it was positional vertigo, and after staying upright for a couple of days and nights (sleeping in a recliner), I was well enough to drive to the ear-nose-throat doctor. The doctor believed that it was positional vertigo which is caused when tiny calcium crystals in the inner ear dislodge from their normal place (where they help with balance) and get stuck outside of that place. In doing so, signals sent to the brain are confused and tell the brain that you are off balance and to self-correct.
The exact cause of positional vertigo is unknown, but she believes that the crystals dislodge in a normal body process of turnover, with the old crystals being absorbed and new crystals being formed. Unfortunately, when I sneezed I must have disrupted the normal path of the crystals to their place of absorption and they got stuck in an unnatural position.
The doctor did some tests on me and told me she thought I was now fine and should try laying down in bed. She also told me that if it occurred again, I should do some special maneuvers. What a disaster! A repeat of the spinning events happened, causing me to lose a few days of life, stuck at home.
Here’s the tip that saved me: Staying upright for only a couple of days did not work for me. Instead, I stayed upright at all times (except when doing my prescribed exercises) for 6 days and 5 nights. The exercise maneuvers were Brandt-Daroff Exercises (Google it and you’ll find info) performed at least 3 times per day. I used my thigh muscles to squat down instead of bending over. At the end of the 5 nights “sleeping” in the recliner, I was exhausted and collapsed in bed. When I woke up, the vertigo did not happen.
Have you had vertigo? How did you handle it? Let me know by replying to this email and I’ll share others’ tips.
Ideas and Products to Enhance Your LifeThe latest news from the “Microwarriors II” movie producers is that it is now scheduled to be released in January or February.
I have a new indulgence:Frozen mango kefir. This Lifeway frozen mango kefir tastes like a delicious mango sorbet, but I can rationalize that it is good for me (occasionally) since it has 10 probiotic cultures in it and is 99% lactose-free. One half-cup serving has 16 grams of added sugar, which is about three-fourths the sugar in a typical ice cream serving. But unlike ice cream, it has 7-10 billion CFU per serving of kefir cultures (species given but strains and amounts unknown). It contains milk. Nut-allergy people beware, however, as it is manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts.
Comments? Questions? Ideas?I’d love to know what you think. If you found the information helpful, or have comments or questions about it, or ideas you’d like to see addressed, please leave me a message, either by replying to this e-zine, or commenting on one of the webpage links at the beginning of this newsletter, or at Contact Us. Also, feel free to forward this to anyone you think would benefit from it.
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To your best health,
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