The Importance of Specific ProbioticsBy Carol Alt / Post / July 26, 2017
So you’re worried about industrial plastics in your water and your food. That’s good, you SHOULD worry about it! It’s kind of everywhere. You’re probably also wondering if there’s anything you can do to help minimize the impact of industrial plastics on your body and on your health. What can be done?
Luckily, there’s one very easy fix- probiotics.
Bifidobacterium breve and Lactobacillus casei are two beneficial bacterial strains that have been shown to reduce intestinal absorption of BPA, or bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins- plastics that are often used in containers that store food and beverages. Water bottles specifically suffer from this, as well as other consumer goods. It is also been found in water sources!
Probiotics, specifically the above mentioned probiotics, can help to carry BPA out of your digestive system. This is great news because consuming these probiotic strains may destroy the harmful EFFECTS of BPA as well! These two particular strains can be found in both foods and supplements, depending on the supplement. You may find Bifidobacteria breve, which belongs to a group of bacteria called lactic acid bacteria, in naturally fermented foods like kefir and cheese. Here’s a blog about some great gut nourishers.
Perhaps you’d like to make your own fermented foods– I do. And the reason I do it is because I can control what’s in it. Consider making your own Greek yogurt, kefir, non-dairy yogurt, or kombucha! All can be made with your very own culture starter kit.
Lactobacillus casei grows in the human digestive system. It is fragile and can be killed by acidic foods, alcohol and coffee as well as other popular drinks. This bacteria helps the digestive system operate smoothly, boosts immune function, and helps prevent the growth of other, more harmful bacteria. Lactobacillus casei is predominantly found in naturally fermented foods as well. These beneficial bacteria don’t reside in your intestines forever. In fact, they are there for brief time periods before they’re utilized or excreted. But there are other reasons that this bacteria may not be present. Their levels can be negatively affected by not eating whole foods, or as mentioned above, consuming too much alcohol, table salt, chlorinated water, drugs, and antibiotics. Unfortunately, as with many things, it also dies off with age.
So besides eating more raw whole foods, what can you do to boost bacteria in your gut?
A daily probiotic is very helpful to keep levels up. By understanding how these two strains of probiotics, Bifidobacterium breve and Lactobacillus casei, are beneficial for binding BPA, you can learn how to replenish, feed them and regrow them. Doing this gives you more control over your health and immune system. How awesome is that? Replenishing the beneficial bacterial right before you go to bed– because your body is replenishing itself as you rest- can make you healthier. It’s just one of the easy quick fixes you’ll find in my blogs!
Edited by Jake Layton