Pre-and Probiotics Are Good For The Stomach

How can pre-and probiotics play a role in health and disease? You may have already eaten and drunk both types of drugs without your realizing it right away. Reduce sugary food car is one factor on how to improve gut health.

Bowel Health:

In the intestine takes place the bulk of digestion. A healthy gut does the job better than a gut that does not have it so good. It is largely the composition of intestinal bacteria that determines whether the gut remain healthy. There are several types of intestinal bacteria, and if bad bacteria are good growing conditions, reproduce themselves and create not only indigestion, but also diseases in other parts of the body.

Prebiotics – food for bacteria:

The health-promoting intestinal bacteria already present in the gut need good conditions to grow and reproduce. Because they feed on the food we eat, it’s up to us to choose foods that keep the good intestinal bacteria in the turns. Prebiotics are the name of science has sat on several substances in food that has just this effect. Prebiotics are the components of food that stimulates growth and activity of beneficial bacteria. And therefore contributes to good health.

Examples of Prebiotics:

The beneficial bacteria thrive when they eat carbohydrates. For carbohydrates to reach the bacteria, they must be indigestible and not absorbable in the human small intestine. Examples of such carbohydrates are fiber of several types of fructo-oligosaccharides, inulin and resistant starch.

What foods are Prebiotics?

Fructo-oligosaccharides and inulin are found in several common root vegetables such as artichoke and onions of all kinds, such as onions, garlic and leeks. Bananas, asparagus and chicory also contain a good deal, and especially wheat. In the United States contributes wheat with 70% of the intake of inulin. Fructo-oligosaccharides and inulin can be extracted from these sources and added to other foods, such as crackers.

Probiotics – foods with bacteria:

Most types of foods contain one or more types of bacteria. Some occur naturally, while others are added to give the food a new flavor or character. Yogurt is a good example of this. Yoghurt fermented with special lactic acid bacteria that makes yogurt thickens and gets a fresh taste. This process, people have known for over a thousand years. Some lactic acid bacteria have been shown to have very specific, health-promoting properties. These are called with a common concept of probiotics.

Examples of probiotics:

Several types of foods containing lactic acid bacteria, fermented milk, sourdough bread, yogurt, lactic acid fermented sauerkraut, cheese, sausage and butter. In addition, add a few types of foods and beverages probiotic lactic acid bacteria. In Norway, this applies Cultura, Biola and BioQ products. Culture is added to the A and B bacteria. All Biola products are added LGG bacteria. In addition, Biola Milk with flavor also added to the A and B bacteria. BioQ products are added to the probiotic bacterium Lactobacillus reuteri.

Effects of probiotic bacteria:

The types of probiotic lactic acid bacteria added in dairy products, is considered to be the best documented. They are considered to have a number of beneficial health properties, including improving intestinal movements and shorten the time it takes to normalize the intestinal flora after a course of antibiotics. In addition, there are several studies showing that both children and elderly people have better health with probiotic foods. See separate articles on this.

What’s Hijacking Pilates Classes Across Melbourne? Part Two

Pilates instructor course are stimulating, personalized and deeply rooted in the art and science of movement. In our first part of this two-part blog, we discussed the history and core principles of Pilates. Now, we can dive into the trend that is taking root in many Pilates studios across Melbourne, and why you should watch out for it.


As fitness bootcamps and group fitness classes increase, we have become more ready to put a dance track and some dumbbells alongside just about anything. Even Yoga, one of the most meditative forms of exercise already with it’s Vinyasa style of flow, has experienced a cultural shift as some yogi’s attempt to morph it into an aerobics-style workout.

It saddens me to see Pilates classes across Melbourne taking the same route.

Instead of remaining true to the core principles of Pilates, there are many practitioners who are choosing to sacrifice precision for power and mindfulness for distraction. These classes use the systems that had been refined by Joseph Pilates to provide a comprehensive full-body workout alongside a heightened self-awareness, but are now intent on introducing loud disco music and dumbbells or weights.

For genuine Pilates practitioners, it creates a cumbersome dichotomy; the precise, controlled, focussed movements of Pilates with the practitioner’s mind clear and connected to the stillness and resistance they are experiencing, now used in the atmosphere you might see in an aerobics or Pump class. This new take on Pilates often comes with a costly price tag, as people purchase passes on a class-by-class basis (which can add up quickly!).

Pilates At Kaya

Here at Kaya, our instructors come highly accredited from Elixr School Of Pilates, Australia’s leading Pilates teacher training institute. Elixr School Of Pilates are constantly reviewing the latest research and findings in sports science and developing Pilates with this information, while remaining true to the core teachings and benefits that Pilates promises.

Pilates can be used as a form of remedial exercise thanks to the inherent resistance training that begins in an activated core and extends throughout the entire body, and our Kaya Pilates training courses can guide you through the fundamentals of the practice so you are completely comfortable with the movements. The Pilates at Kaya will continually develop and provide challenges to every member, no matter what level of experience of fitness you have. Our commitment to Pilates has been recognised by organisations from across Melbourne, such as The Australian Ballet, who train their bodies and minds here, at our Melbourne locations. We are glad to offer Australia’s talented dancers a space to exercise and unwind, and we welcome anyone else who wishes to care for their wellbeing in our ambient facilities.

Kaya Health Clubs is Melbourne’s leading health and lifestyle club, with over 240 classes available every week for our members and an extensive range of fitness equipment and lifestyle services. Come in and take a tour of our facilities and enquire about our pricing structure – we have a range of membership options to suit anyone.

Alternative Medicine – The Road to Here

In the Australia traditional Chinese medicine Northern Beaches rely on herbal remedies because it is non-chemical based. It wasn’t too long ago that doctors who used alternative medicine methods of healing patients were labeled quacks. In fact, I remember the funny looks from fellow colleagues when I told them I thought herbal products and supplements had a lot to offer traditional medicine!

In addition, years ago, people who turned to vitamin and mineral supplements as prevention against illness were labeled ‘health nuts’. Today, however, these same people are said to practice proactive wellness as nutritional healing ideas have become widespread.

In fact, despite all the TV ads for drugs, more and more of my patients are opening up to the idea that popping a prescription pill for what ails them might not be the only answer. As I always tell them, there are many natural remedies that can be tried before resorting to drugs or surgery.

If you’re a newcomer to alternative medicine, I’d like to share with you a little history of the field. Then, I’d like to tell you a little about some successful alternative healing remedies as well as a little about the future of alternative medicine.

Allopathic vs. Naturopathic

What we refer to as alternative medicine practices today were, and still are, traditional medicine in China, India, the Middle East, and Europe. Did you know that herbal and homeopathic medicine were also the cornerstones of the American Popular Health Movement in the 1830s-50’s? That’s right! Osteopathic and chiropractic medicine also developed around the same time.

By 1849, however, the popular uses of herbal and homeopathic remedies were deemed quackery by the American Medical Association which had formed two years earlier. Several years later, chiropractic also fell out of favor. Treating patients with prescription drugs, or allopathic medicine, set the standard of health care in the U.S. for decades to follow.

Now, in 2010, the pendulum is swinging back to the popular health practices of over 150 years ago! With the dangerous, sometimes life-threatening, side effects of prescription drugs, the cost of medical care today, and insurance issues, people have begun to reconsider alternatives.

The renewed interest in herbal, homeopathic, midwifery, chiropractic, and acupuncture has skyrocketed in the U.S. today. In addition, cutting-edge research into energy, and mind/body healing, is also commanding attention around the world.

Even traditional medical doctors (M.D.’s) are integrating natural-based healing remedies into their practices, and a whole new field of medicine called Integrative Medicine has formed.

Now, let me explain to you a little more about each of the more common alternative practices so you can better understand what they are and how they function:

Herbal – made from natural, plant-based substances. These products have been used safely for centuries by the Chinese, Indians, and Native Americans. They’ve been a boon to women in safe hormone replacement therapy and men’s prostate health with saw palmetto and lycopene. However, do consult a naturopathic or integrative medicine doctor before trying to treat an illness with herbal preparations.
Homeopathic – based on the “law of similars”, a minute quantity of medicine is diluted many times and used, much like a vaccine, to create a reaction that stimulates the body to heal itself. Success with allergies, pain, mineral imbalance-based illnesses, and more, has been achieved with homeopathy. Consult a homeopathic for proper use.
Chiropractic – based on the principle of proper alignment of the skeletal structure so that nerves coming off the spinal cord are not pinched. These nerves are then able to properly feed, or enervate, different parts of the body to prevent and correct disease states. Back and neck pain as well as nerve compression issues have had success with chiropractic.
Acupuncture, acupressure, and reflexology – based on the concept of qi energy and the belief that illness occurs when this energy does not flow correctly. Certain meridians on the body are manipulated by inserting hair-thin needles into the skin, or using fingertips to press on these areas. Addiction (smoking, drugs, alcohol, weight), chronic pain, nervous tics, have all been treated successfully. Reiki is another similar practice that involves manipulating the electrical field that surrounds humans with a practitioner’s hands.
Energy Medicine – Mechanical energy, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism, light (ultraviolet, infrared, laser), plasma (color) therapies modalities have been used for the past 100 years as a “fringe” treatment. Today, mainstream medicine uses ultraviolet light for skin problems; lasers in surgery; infrared (and Far InfraRed) light to reduce inflammation and pain; sound is also used to break up kidney stones. The future of energy healing is wide open and mind-boggling.
Anti-Aging Medicine -based on the principle of replacing nutrients that deplete with age which start the deterioration we call aging. Focuses on supplementation with anti-oxidants, etc, to keep cells regenerating at their youthful levels. New paths involve the study of telomere lengthening. Telomeres are human DNA structures that shorten each time a cell replicates until they die. Supplementing with the building blocks of telomeres, can keep their youthful length and you healthy, much longer.
Mind/Body Healing – based on the principle that the mind can influence healing in the body through specific, directed thoughts; it is what biofeedback is based on. It has been very successful with controlling pain and certain psychological disorders.

There you have the basics of what alternative medicine is. The future is blindingly bright with all the advances it continues to make on a daily basis. In the near future, I feel that most of what we refer to as alternative medicine today will be mainstream medicine tomorrow. In 2010, it’s traveled a long road to get where it is today and its potential for human healing is enormous!

Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
Institute For Healthy Aging

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