Posts Tagged ‘Kefir’

What I’m Doing For My Hair – Update 10/09/10

October 9th, 2010 2 comments

Imaharaja‘ve found hundreds of solutions for thinning hair, for hair regrowth, for halting loss and increasing thickness. The challenge is not finding an answer that worked for someone but choosing the one that seems to work for many and then trying it to see if it works for me!

Every person is different, and experimentation is a must until you find what works for you. Thanks to the Internet I’ve tapped into the knowledge and experience of hundreds of people. I’ve visited many discussion forums, had discussions with many, read others’ years worth of discussions, found many blogs and emailed a good number of individuals.

So, if you’re wondering what I am up to these days on the hair front, here’s my update:

I’m using a new shampoo and a new shower procedure (rinsing off the hair with ACV and cool water before stepping out of the shower, and using a comb). I have done many diet changes, such as avoiding gluten, wheat, pasteurized milk and it’s products, corn, alcohol, tap water (Fluoride), and avoiding most nuts except for brazil nuts and almonds. Naturally, I avoid knowingly injesting all GMO foods, pesticides, preservatives, MSG, colors, flavors, plastics, metals, sugars, refined flours (and “enriched” flours), cereals, meat and eggs from factory farmed animals, meat and dairy from non-grass fed cows, some sea food, and other poisons and fake foods sold today in U.S. stores.

I am eating more protein, drinking some raw milk kefir, eating grass-fed butter, cooking eggs less so they are not totally hard boiled or fully cooked when fried. I eat sauerkraut, raw-milk cheeses and take fermented cod liver oil at times and raw honey.

I’m experimenting with baking bread that is gluten-free, wheat-free and baker’s-yeast free including making sourdough bread using kefir as the culture. I am working on eating more greens, less grains, less foods with a high glycemic index. I also supplement with iodine and many supplements. I’ve learned a lot about iodine and about orthomolecular medicine concepts.

To label the diet is tough, it’s a hybrid/modified version of the Paleolithic (pre-historic woman), Weston Price (uncivilized man), traditional, grain-free, warrior, organic, raw, Mediterranean, and low-carb diets.

I recently bought a couple books and I became a member of the Weston Price Foundation, the Freedom Farms private coop, and the Minnesota traditional foods group. Here are the books I got, two classics:

I work on stress reduction using many helpful techniques that are working. I also use self talk (positive hair affirmations that I came up with), I visualize my hair the way I want it to be.. (surprisingly, this has been tougher than expected).

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The Best Probiotic Products

September 6th, 2010 No comments

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in the human intestinal tract. Foods “cultured” with beneficial strains of probiotics such as yogurt and kefir have been used throughout history to improve overall health and vitality, and today, there are many studies reinforcing probiotics’ ability to balance and promote digestive health.

Probiotics also play an important role in modulating the immune system, 70% of which is located in the gut. The word “probiotic” means “for life”, “antibiotics” means “anti life”. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of healthy gut flora. The benefits of probiotics don’t end there, in fact many have reported the disappearance of acne, better skin texture, better hair, the halting of male pattern baldness, ending Candida, even Fibromyalgia, migraines were stopped, and allergies and inflammation reduced by having good gut flora.

“Why take probiotics daily?” you may be wondering. Well, our modern/civilized life has been detrimental to healthy gut flora. Refined sugars, adulterated grains and foods, chemicals, medication, fluoride and chlorine in drinking and cooking water, pasteurization of milk, amongst many other factors can kill off good gut flora and/or allow less-beneficial and sometimes harmful bacteria to take over. Further, many of us also do not eat fermented foods such as sauerkraut, sourdough, kimchi, kefir, etc..
I will address this question in future posts more thoroughly.

Many probiotic products exist, unfortunately, not all probiotics are equal, here I will list the best probiotic products, based on my research/opinion.

A general rule, for the greatest percentage of active (live) cultures is to buy probiotics that require refrigeration. However, this is not always the case. Also, remember, more strains doesn’t mean “better”. Some of the best probiotics have 8, 9 or even 4 strains.

I’ve looked around for the best probiotic products that have the best strains, this is what I came up with:

Note: My top 4 are interchangeable. Try one for a month, if you do not see results try another from the top 4. One of these will likely work for you. If not, you can try the other good ones listed below or scroll all the way down to read about using single-strain probiotics (some people react differently to different strains).

Here are the best:

1- Dr.Ohhira’s Probiotics 12 Plus
Dr. Ohhira invested years of testing on subjects and came up with a non-refrigerated probiotic supplement line.

Renowned microbiologists, lichiroh Ohhira, Ph.D., and scientists from Okayama University combined ancient Japanese fermentation skills with modern technology to create this unique beneficial product.

This one has twelve (12) strains of lactic acid bacteria, including powerful proprietary TH10, are used in a complex 3-year fermentation process. The nutrient rich cultures medium (an optimum natural pre-biotic) composed of vegetables, fruits, mushrooms and seaweeds is encapsulated along with the live lactic acid bacteria. The probiotic system also includes organic acids naturally produced by fermentation. These important substances create the proper GI environment in which all the body’s unique blend of hundreds of strains of friendly bacteria can flourish.

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