22 Nov Probiotics – why are they so important?
It’s amazing to me how often, when speaking to practitioners about children with neurological conditions, the first comment is ‘they need to be on a good probiotic’. I find it quite amazing for this to be the first suggestion by Naturopaths, Chiropractors, Dieticians and Nutritionists alike.
So – what is a ‘good probiotic’ and why is it so important?
In Don Chisholm’s book “Have you got the guts to be really healthy“, he says this:
We have different bacteria living in and all over our body… Every part of our body is reliant on its bacteria to be healthy. The place where humans store the most bacteria is the most important place for body functions: our gut. There should be over 3.5 pounds (2kg) of good bacteria in a healthy gut
I’d never heard that explained before! He then goes on to explain what kills our good bacteria:
Chlorine, fluoride, pesticides, herbicides, birth control pills, alcohol, stress and antibiotics are the most common killers of good bacteria. But in today’s world, there are thousands of chemicals that we are exposed to on a regular basis that also kill our good bacteria.
There aren’t too many people who aren’t affected it seems, and Don’s book proposes that “You are what you absorb”, so without the required level of good bacteria in our guts, not many of us are absorbing our foods / nutrients the way that nature intended. Makes perfect sense to me (in fact Don’s book is full of well laid out information everyone can use to improve their own health – read more about it here).
Probiotics replace the good bacteria in our guts, and – as Don goes on to explain deeper into the book – it can take 6 months of taking a probiotic daily to replenish the good bacteria in an unhealthy gut, up to the desired quantity (2kg).
In my role, providing information for parents of kids with special needs, I feel very responsible for researching each supplement before I even comment on it, and because of the importance placed on probiotics, finding a good product for our range in the foodstore has weighed heavily on my mind!
The product I have found is one I’m quite excited about – NuFerm offers a range of Organic, non-dairy probiotics made entirely from plant sources, including one Gluten Free probiotic and another which is the first of its kind – Low Fructose. A friend told me about these, and after reading Don Chisholm’s book, I’ve decided to stock his range of NuFerm products in our store.
It would seem that these products are crucial for everyone’s health, not just for our challenged kids, so I’ve put our family on it now.
Click here to see the range of NuFerm products on this site.
At the back of Don’s book, there’s a series of success stories, with more on his website, including the following:
PROBIOTICS SUCCESS STORY – ADULT WITH SUGAR CRAVINGS
… I have to say, once I started taking FermPlus, my chocolate cravings ceased. Although I still enjoy
chocolate occasionally, I don’t crave it. This has assisted me in getting my eating under control… FermPlus also stopped my stomach upsets. When I asked why my stomach might have an imbalance (Don) suggested many things, one of which was chlorine, which I immediately realised I had been drinking a lot of heavily chlorinated water, having moved to an area with town water, rather than our own tank water.
As (Don) also predicted, my mood certainly improved, as no doubt I have been absorbing the nutrients that I was missing before when I had the imbalance in my digestive system.
PROBIOTICS SUCCESS STORY – 8 YEAR OLD BOY WITH AUTISM
My 8 year old son, who has autism, began taking NuFerm’s Probiotic gluten-free powdered wholefoods in June 06. No other changes were made to his supplements or therapies, so the improvements we have seen would be due to the introduction of this product.
The improvements in our son are:
- The main improvement has been in his bowel motions. Previously he had many bowel motions each day, and that was keeping him in nappies all day (as he will not/cannot do bowel motion in toilet, although is toilet trained for urinating). Since taking the NuFerm probiotic powder, he now has one or two bowel motions in the afternoon, so we have begun reducing the time in nappies.
- Improvement in social behaviour – instead of wanting to stay by himself, more desire to be with other family members and do what they are doing.
- He now seems to love the family dog and tries to pat it (or make the dog do what he wants it to do), where previously he would ignore the dog
- Increased awareness of happenings around him, what others are saying – we now know he hears and understands all that he pays attention to.
- Improvements in ability to follow directions – immediate response to directions, sometimes more than one step in directions.
- Greatly reduced hyperactivity
- Increase in speech – more words emerging, not only for getting his needs met, but sometimes also commenting (only single words still)
- Attempts at drawing (previously no interest in pencil to paper tasks)
- Will now let me cut his finger nails and toe nails – previously the only way to achieve this was during his sleep
Continuing to improve his ability to use mouse with the computer (understanding of cause and effect of his actions)