Benefit of Probiotics

Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics are essential for creating a healthy functioning digestive AND immune system.  The human gut is an ecosystem with trillions of bacteria performing beneficial functions such as:

  • cleaning and maintaining the digestive tract;
  • breakdown foods and assisting with assimilation of nutrients;
  • manufacture of B vitamins;
  • fighting disease causing pathogenic bacteria; and
  • dynamic interaction with both the innate and the adaptive immune system.  It has been found that when one or more steps in this communication fail,  inflammatory or auto-immune diseases may occur. (1)

For a healthy immune system your body must have adequate balanced population of the beneficial bacteria.


Common signs of imbalance are

  • Allergies
  • Fatigue;
  • Poor concentration;
  • Constipation;
  • Acid Reflux;
  • Painful Joints;
  • Bad Breath;
  • Frequent Colds and Flu that linger for weeks;
  • Candida overgrowth;
  • Acne;
  • Eczema; and
  • Menstrual symptoms


Generally the beneficial bacteria are killed by Antibiotics, Steroids, Fluoride and Chlorine (present in our tap water), Caffeine (present in tea and coffee), Carbonated drinks (drinks that are carbonated by adding gas), radiation, stress, preservatives and pesticides.  Most of us have been subjected to most of these substances at some time, often on an ongoing basis, so it stands to reason that the majority of people have digestive systems that are in need of some repair.

A poor diet causes harmful microbes to flourish – leading to a range of unpleasant and debilitating symptoms such as digestive pain, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea, headaches.  A healthy diet that is tailored to meet the needs of the individual is the basis of good health.  Probiotics can help re-establish the microbiome in the gut – but of course, healthy diet is essential to maintain the right environment in the gut for beneficial microbes to prosper.


I just read about the findings published in Nov2106 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine by researchers McKean J, Naug H, Nikbakht E, Amiet B, and Colson N.J. from The School of Medical Science, Griffith University, Gold Coast and The Menzies Health Institute , Gold Coast.(2)

These researchers  analysed seven randomised, placebo-controlled studies which investigated pre-clinical psychological symptoms of depression, anxiety, and perceived stress in healthy volunteers pre- and post-supplementation with a probiotic. The  results “show that probiotic consumption may have a positive effect on psychological symptoms of depression.”

So, not only do probiotics help to normalise the environment of the digestive system for digestive purposes, probiotics also have the potential to alleviate symptoms of stress and mood disorders.


There are a large number of probiotic powders and capsules in the market these days.  It can be tricky to work out which one is best for you.  There have been a number of research projects and studies in recent years attempting to ascertain which bacteria are best for which health problems.  It is also important to know that some beneficial organisms may actually exacerbate your health problem so a consultation with your qualified natural health practitioner will guide you to make the choice that is best for you.

Taking probiotics is only going to be beneficial in the long term if the health of the gut is being maintained with nutritious balanced food choices and regular (daily) waste removal via the bowels.

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Water is LIFE – how safe is yours?

We’ve all heard how important water is for life. Not just important – absolutely vital ! Water is life.

Our body is comprised of approximately 70% water so it makes sense that we need to keep hydrated so our cells, tissues and organs can function optimally.  It is generally accepted that we should drink around 6 – 8 glasses (2 litres) of water per day to replace water excreted via the breath, urine, bowel movements and perspiration. Just how much water you need to drink depends on a number of factors including the climate where you live and work, how physically active you are, the state of your health, your type of diet and your environment (eg air conditioning is drying).


We are very fortunate in Australia to have water on tap – vast networks of pipes bring water to us whenever we demand. A luxury indeed compared to many other nations.  However, the water treatment processes leave residues and contaminants such as disinfectants (chlorine), chemical coagulants and flocculants.  The disinfectants don’t always kill off all the pathogenic organisms such as cryptosporidium and giardia which can be dangerous particularly in immune compromised persons ( young children, sick persons, and the elderly).  The forms of fluoride added to the town water are by-products of industrial waste from phosphate fertilizer industry and it is not the form of fluoride that our teeth require – teeth (and bones) need a tiny bit of calcium fluoride and many foods and drinks contain calcium fluoride such as:

  • carrots,
  • beans,
  • asparagus,
  • beets,
  • potatoes,
  • tomatoes,
  • beets
  • corn
  • celery
  • spinach
  • prunes/plums,
  • raisins/grapes,
  • peaches

So if you are eating these common foods, and drinking black or green tea or apple juice or grape juice you are getting enough calcium fluoride.  The sodium fluoride in the tap water is unnecessary and actually toxic.

More and more people are concerned about the side effects of these chemical additives in the tap water, and are choosing to filter their tap water.  There are some great filter systems available in a variety of styles and price ranges.  Each of them have their pros and cons.  I had investigated these systems for a long time before I finally decided to try the zazen water filter system based off the fact that a person I knew and respected from my college days (she’s a physicist and a naturopath) had put her stamp of approval on the product.  This system has been designed specifically for Australian tap water to

  1. filter out the chemical residues of water treatment process
  2. filter out heavy metals such as lead, iron and copper from the water pipes
  3. filter out microorganisms such as cryptosporidium and giardia
  4. add in minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, silicon and other trace minerals that are necessary for health and found naturally in spring water.

The zazen system is designed to mimic mother nature and I am very happy with the way this product transforms tap water into clean, hydrating, fresh tasting water.  In the end the decision about which filter system to invest in for your health is up to you.  But if you decide to try the zazen system you can purchase it from my shop.




Boring becomes Delicious

Boring becomes Delicious

Whoever said “eating healthy is boring” has never tried this delicious and simple meal.


Brown Rice, salad veg and Super Seed Sprinkles

This salad will provide you with Protein, a few necessary Carbs, loads of Vitamins and Minerals and is net alkaline to your system.


I’m eating this one now as I type – sorry the photo is a bit blurry – but too late I realised after I’d hoed into more than half of it!

This salad was so quick to make – and it lasts in the fridge for next day lunches if you make enough 🙂


INGREDIENTS – Brown Rice, salad veg and Super Seed Sprinkles

Organic Brown Rice – Cooked in filtered water by absorption method. Just serve   1/4- 1/2 cup cooked per person(depends how hungry you are and how much energy you have expended)

Cucumber and green beans cut into bite sizes, grated carrot, grated beetroot, medium tomato chopped, baby spinach, chopped coriander

Dressing of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Organic Olive Oil

and the “secret” ingredient from Byron Bay “Pimp My Salad” Super Seed Sprinkles. No, I’m not being paid to say this, I just love them! I found them in Healthy Life – but am sure they are going to be everywhere coz they are so good.

Super Seed Sprinkles by PIMP MY SALAD from Byron Bay