Lactobacillus salivarius: The Health Benefits of Probiotics

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Quite a bit of attention has been placed on the benefits of probiotics lately, and with good reason! In a sense, they’re remarkable organisms that play a role in a myriad of health issues. If you aren’t completely sure what probiotics are, don’t worry. They’re simply microorganisms that can offer health perks if consumed. [1] All sorts of bacteria—good and bad—live in your gut, and you want to keep a strong balance between the two sides. Sometimes through modern diet and lifestyle—taking too many antibiotics can be a big cause here—the good guys start to disappear. Today, we’re going to discuss an important strain of beneficial bacteria: Lactobacillus salivarius. [2]

The Benefits of Probiotics: Lactobacillus Salivarius

Lactobacillus salivarius is just one of the many strains of probiotic bacteria that play an important role in human health. There’s a lot of evidence suggesting taking this strain, along with the others, can help in many gastrointestinal problems—especially diarrhea caused by antibiotics—and the lactose-intolerant often take probiotics to help digest dairy. [3][4] There’s even studies that suggest probiotics could lower cholesterol and blood pressure. [5][6] If you’re a healthy person, but your immune system is feeling a little sluggish, reaching for probiotics might help there, too. [7]

L. salivarius is found in the mouth and the small intestine. Not only could it be useful for maintaining dental health, but studies also suggest it could help improve gastrointestinal problems like irritable bowel syndrome. [8][9] With much of your immune system found in your gut, this strain actually works to keep bacteria levels balanced in the small intestine. [10] Because of this, like many strains, L. salivarius is thought to play a big role in boosting the immune system.

How to Get Lactobacillus Salivarius

You can find probiotics, including L. salivarius, in many foods. You have probably seen yogurt advertised with live and active cultures, but that’s just one of many food options. You can also try a top quality probiotic supplement to get them in your diet. Something like FloraTrex, a high-probiotic supplement with a combination of probiotics and prebiotics, may be helpful for people.

If you take probiotics for your health, what positives do you notice in your life? Tell us about them in the comments below.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

  1. Rijkers, G.T. et al. Health benefits and health claims of probiotics: Bridging science and marketing. British Journal of Nutrition. 106 (9).
  2. Hamilton-Miller, J.M. et al. Some insights into the derivation and early uses of the word ‘probiotic’. British Journal of Nutrition. 90 (4).
  3. D’Souza, A. L. et al. Probiotics in prevention of antibiotic associated diarrhoea: meta-analysis. BMJ. 324 (7350).
  4. Sanders, M.E. Considerations for use of probiotic bacteria to modulate human health. The Journal of Nutrition. 130 (2S Suppl).
  5. Kumar, M. et al. <a class="colorbox" rel="nofollow" …read more

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Evidence Mounts on Roundup’s Link to Liver and Kidney Damage

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One of the world’s most popular herbicide Roundup is making its way back into the headlines in regards to its health and environmental effects. Monsanto, the producer of Roundup (glyphosate), claims this herbicide is safe; however, study after study from independent researchers is showing the exact opposite. A new research study is showing that small amounts of exposure–up to thousands of times lower than permitted in drinking water in the U.S.–can produce unfavorable and concerning effects in the liver and kidneys. Could this study be the turning point for finally phasing out Roundup in agriculture? Or will it simply be ignored and human health continue to suffer?

The Damaging Effects of Roundup to Liver and Kidney Health

According to U.S. estimates, the use of glyphosate, or Roundup, has increased more than 250 times over the past 40 years. There are scientists who suggest the use of the popular herbicide could be a contributing factor into the widespread kidney disease epidemic in Sri Lanka, India, and Central America. [1] Many genetically-modified seeds, also produced by Monsanto, can withstand Roundup, making the issue even more problematic. If GMO plants are beginning to resist glyphosate, then more and more dangerous chemicals are being used during the process, resulting in more exposure among humans and animal life. One of the newest herbicides to come from Monsanto is said to override GMO seeds’ resistant effects; however, this herbicide is also said to be even more dangerous to human health than Roundup.

A new study first of its kind to examine the impact of Roundup on liver and kidney health is indicating that low levels of exposure can result in significant organ damage. [2] The study administered a small amount of Roundup to the drinking water of mice–a concentration that is considered thousands of times lower than what is allowed in U.S. drinking water. After two years, the consumption of the glyphosate-laden water seemed to have spurred kidney and liver damage. The study also compared the female mice and found changed gene expression in the organs, suggesting potential increased risk for a variety of diseases. When genes are disrupted, or turned on and off at the wrong time, it could lead to consequences in a number of different facets of health.

How to Avoid Roundup Exposure

Due to Roundup’s pervasiveness in our environment, complete exposure to the chemical herbicide may not be practical. You can, however, take precautionary steps toward preventing overexposure. If you purchase most of your food organic, you can reduce your exposure to all herbicides and pesticides. You will also be reducing your consumption of GMO foods, which simply does not have enough research behind it to determine its safety. Because many herbicides can be found in small quantities in drinking water, it may also be wise for you to invest in a water filtration system. Performing a regular kidney cleanse and liver cleanse may also be helpful for reducing accumulation of toxic herbicides.

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The Health Benefits of Parsley

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Most people are familiar with parsley as a food garnish; yet, it’s often used as a mere decoration and is usually discarded. But did you know that when it comes to herbs that promote superior body cleansing, parsley is one that’s high on the list? Toxins, chemicals, and toxic metals — none of these stand a chance against this nutritional powerhouse. [1] It’s rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and ascorbic acid, and its benefits have been known for centuries.

How Parsley Helps Cleanse Your Body

Similarly to cilantro, parsley acts as a natural diuretic. [2] Your urine is a route through which toxins are expelled from your body, so incorporating parsley to help this natural process along may prove useful for cleansing. Parsley is also a strong liver supporter, particularly in the presence of common diseases like diabetes and liver disease. [3][4] In fact, there’s evidence to suggest that parsley can help benefit other problems like IBS or a UTI. Its high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K stimulates immune-bolstering properties in the body, potentially guarding against harmful organisms. [5] One caveat is to avoid parsley during pregnancy, as it’s been associated with promoting menstrual flow.

Other Health Benefits of Parsley

Parsley is soothing to irritated tissue and has potent antioxidant capabilities. Its naturally-occurring eugenol content may also help reduce blood glucose levels. It is incredibly rich in vitamin K as well as A, C, and several B vitamins. [6] Some preliminary research shows parsley contains something called “apigenin,” which has shown positive effects on supporting immune health. [7] Its fiber content may also help with regularity.

What’s the Best Source of Parsley?

Finding a good source of parsley is like finding a good source of any other herb. It’s easy to grow if you’ve got a garden space, and you must absolutely purchase organic if you will be consuming it. The herb holds onto pesticides more so than other foods, so always seek out one that has the USDA organic certification. Parsley is also available as a supplement — usually dried or concentrated. We’ve actually included it in the formulation of Zeotrex, our solution for chemical and toxic metal cleansing. If you’re looking for a way to harness its cleansing abilities, Zeotrex is a great product with strong reviews.

What tips do you have for using parsley? Leave a comment below and share it with us.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

  1. University of Missouri-Columbia. Parsley, celery carry crucial component for fight against breast cancer, study suggests. ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 May 2011.
  2. Kreydiyyeh Sl, Usta J. Diuretic effect and mechanism of action of parsley. J Ethnopharmacol. 2002 Mar;79(3):353-7.
  3. Tunali T1, Yarat A, Yanardağ R, Ozçelik F, Ozsoy O, Ergenekon G, Emekli N. Effect of parsley (Petroselinum crispum) on the skin of STZ induced diabetic rats. National Center for Biotechnology Information. USA.gov, 1999.
  4. Srinivasan S, Sathish G, Jayanthi M, Muthukumaran J, …read more

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