The center of disease control recently surveyed more than 1000 people. Most of them surveyed correctly knew that antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. More than 33% mistakenly thought that antibiotics also work on viral infections such as cold, flu, and many instances of sinusitis, bronchitis and ear infection. Other revealing statistics focused on antibiotics resistances. 41% of those had no knowledge of the topic.
Many respondents thought that the patients build up a tolerance to the medication, but actually it’s the bacteria that become resistant to the antibiotics. Antibiotics resistance poses a serious concern to your healthcare team (your doctor) and you. This is due to our use of antibiotics has fueled and growing number of super bugs. These are the infections that have become hard to treat with antibiotics.
Bacteria have a bad reputation. We typically think bacteria as having a single purpose that is to make us sick. You will be surprised to learn that our bodies are more specifically our digestive tracks contains millions of friendly bacteria known as probiotics. These strains of beneficial bacteria are fed by prebiotics both of which are essential to health.
Benefits of pre and probiotics:
1. These help to treat diarrhea, irritable bowl syndrome, and certain intestinal infections in conjunction with medication.
2. Enhance absorption of vitamins and minerals.
3. Strengthen the immune system to help fight
4. Promote urinary tract health
5. Protect against certain cancers
What are probiotics used for: Probiotics are non digestible caarbs that feed probiotics, helping them grow and flourish .since prebiotics nourish probiotics, eating food that contains prebiotics can often aid digestion .
Sources of prebiotics:
Prebiotics are found in variety of foods including banana, honey, onions, garlic, asparagus, whole grains and legumes.
Uses of probiotics:
Antibiotic therapy, chronic stress, poor dietary choices or medication uses may cause a loses of beneficial bacteria. This bacteria imbalance can lead to digestive problems such as gases, bloating, difficulties in digestion and poor immunity.
Sources of probiotics:
Probiotics are present in various fermented food such as yogurt with live active culture, kimchi spice (a Korean spice) miso a fermented soya bean paste, sour dough bread, keifer a fermented yogurt style drink.
To consume food high in pre and probiotics will make us healthy. The bottom recipe is an amazing salad which is great in natural biotics.
It Serves: 4, 1 cup each.
Preparation time: 15 min -60 min
2 cups water,
½ cup pearled barely
1 cup chopped tomatoes
2 tbspn chopped fresh mint.
2 tblspn chopped parsley
½ cup sliced green onion
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tblspn olive oil
¼ cup cheese (blue cheese preferably)
Method: In a medium sauce pan bring water and barley to a boil .reduce heat and cover and simmer for 45 min or until most of the water is absorbed and barley is tender. Drain any remaining water. Transfer cooked barley to a large bowl and cool. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Refrigerate for atleast2 hours to allow blending. Serve cold or at room temp.
Eating Raw vegetables help in having a balance of vitamins and minerals in body. The heat usually kills the important nutrients of vegetables.