Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Effective Probiotic Supplements

By Xhu Latina

Probiotics indicates the gut flora in the human body. This microflora not only keeps the digestive track clean and healthy but also protects the body from several generic illnesses. The human body contains abundant microorganisms within it. They can be both harmless and deleterious organisms within it. The optimal human body has the right balance of both the good and abusive micro organisms within it. If this balance gets spoiled, then the system can easily be subjected to indigestion, colic problems and dehydration.

The etymology of the word probiotic refers to for life. This name is indicative of the fact that they are very much required for keeping out body healthy. More than 400 such entities have been reported to be visible in the gut of human beings. Studies related to the use of each and every micro organism is in progress and the results are yet to be established. The gut flora has been reported to facilitate great improvements in the resistance of the human body. They also play a pivotal role in synthesizing essential vitamins within the body. They keep control of the abusive bacterial content in the intestine too. The latest study reports have established a correlation between reduced cholesterol contents and the gut flora within the human body.

Fungal contagions like candida can be cured with the help of probiotics. The probiotics have proven to be the worst enemies of this type of fungus. The friendly bacterium of the gut discourages the growth of the fungus in the gut of humans. Thus the bacteria arrest the fungal contagions quickly and comfortably. Even the yeast infections in the foot pf an athlete and a vocalist can be cured with probiotics.

Foods such as yoghurt and miso are natural sources of probiotics. But the trouble with trying to get your probiotic supplementation from the food you eat alone is that you do not know how many strains of these beneficial bacteria you are actually ingesting, or, in what quantities you need to consume these foods to make sure that you get enough to replenish the probiotic bacteria in your gut to a healthy level.

The strenuous lifestyle and the hectic schedule that we are currently into is pressurizing and has all chances of spoiling the bacterial balance in our guts. The recent inclination towards taking fast food and the popularity that the junk food has gained in the recent past can speak volumes of the imbalance that can occur in the digestive track of humans in the long run. The inability of antibiotics to distinguish between the beneficial and the deleterious bacteria adds fuel to this fire. Even worse is if you are habituated to drugs like steroids and birth control tablets. They affect the gut flora adversely. If you are addicted to drinking coffee or other carbonated beverages often, it is for sure that there would be an imbalance in your gut flora. Too much of strain, water that has chlorine added to it, unnatural coloring, addition of preservative chemicals are some factors that can wipe out the friendly bacteria and can induce the imbalance in human beings.

Another critical factor that needs care and attention is the bacterial concentration present in the probiotic supplement. It should not be less then a million per gram. Ensure that it adheres to these basics and then opt for the one that best suits you. Probiotic supplements are definitely essential to maintain the gut flora. So opt to take them regularly but under the supervision of your doctor,

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