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The Many Health Benefits Of Probiotics

It’s crazy to think that bacteria can be beneficial for your health. We have been conditioned to ward off bacteria to keep the body health, often resorting to antibiotics to kill bacterial infections or using antibacterial soaps to wash away germs. The wrong bacteria can obviously be problematic, but the right bacteria may be exactly what you need to boost overall health.

Enter probiotics…

A growing body of scientific research suggests that consuming healthy live bacteria can prevent some illnesses, especially those that originate in the gut. Probiotics are microorganisms that are friendly bacteria, which are typically from fermented foods. Northern Europeans have actually been consuming probiotics for years because their diet contains a lot of fermented drinks, yogurts, and vegetables.

 

A Brief History Of Probiotics:

The root of probiotic comes from the Greek pro, promoting, and biotic, life. Probiotics are a relatively recent discovery, considering that the “father of probiotics,” a man named Elie Metchnikoff, discovered their significance in the early 20th century. He observed rural life in Bulgaria, and the people seemed to live very long lives, despite poverty and harsh climate. He found that these people consumed fermented foods, which he studied and found that intestinal microbiome could be influenced by these friendly bacteria. He also found that senility could be delayed by increasing the presence of friendly bacteria in the gut.

 

Great Probiotic Foods:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Kombucha
  • Fermented vegetables
  • Miso
  • Kefir

 

What Are Microbes And Why Do They Matter?

Microbes are incredibly tiny organisms that include fungi, parasites, bacteria, and viruses. Millions of microbes can fit into the eye of a needle, and yet these microorganisms are powerful enough to influence overall health. Microorganisms in the body outnumber human cells ten to one, with trillions of microorganisms inhabiting the gut, nose, skin, and other areas of the body. The National Institute of Health (NIH) sponsors the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), an organization that researches microbial communities and how they affect health and disease.

 

The Benefits Of Probiotics

Probiotics For Your Gut:

Probiotics have been used to help treat both diarrhea and constipation, which is a more common problem in the United States. For diarrhea, large scientific reviews suggest that probiotics work to reduce antibiotic-related diarrhea in adults by 60%. Other studies found that probiotics shortened the duration of infectious diarrhea in infants and children. The digestive tract needs a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria, but lifestyle and diet (stress, lack of sleep, poor food choices, drugs, antibiotics, and more) often tip the scales in favor of bad bacteria. Probiotics won’t solve your gastrointestinal problems if you continue to make poor lifestyle and dietary choices, but they can offer assistance in establishing a healthy gut microbiome. Further dietary and lifestyle changes need to accompany probiotic consumption to reach optimal gut health.

 

Probiotics For Vaginal Health:

Probiotics may be every woman’s new go-to for maintaining urogenital health. The vagina is a delicately balanced ecosystem, just like the gastrointestinal tract, meaning that an imbalanced system can result in urinary tract infections, bacterial vaginosis, or yeast infections, to name some common female urogenital problems. Oral contraceptives, antibiotics, and spermicides can throw the balance out of whack, but probiotics can help restore healthy vaginal flora. The consumption of probiotics has helped improve bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections, but more research needs to be done on how they affect urinary tract infections.

 

Probiotics For Heart Health:

As you have learned in this article, there are many strains of probiotics, some of which may have the ability to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. By breaking down bile in the gut, lactic acid-producing bacteria help reduce cholesterol levels. Since bile is primarily comprised of cholesterol, it tends to be reabsorbed in the gut, where it enters the bloodstream. Probiotics may prevent this reabsorption from occurring.

 

Probiotics For Eczema:

Eczema is a common skin problem in infants and children. Recent studies have found that the addition of probiotics to a child’s diet may reduce the severity of eczema breakouts. Another study examined how probiotics affected pregnant women and their babies. The findings indicated that the children had an 83% lower risk of developing eczema during their first tow years of life. More research needs to be done in this field, but early anti-inflammatory results are promising.

 

Probiotics For Immune Function:

The increased presence of beneficial gut bacteria has been know to give your immune system a little boost. By adding probiotics to your diet, you help to increase the production of antibodies and other immune cells like T lymphocytes and IgA-producing cells. A large scientific review found that adults who took probiotics had a decreased risk of respiratory infections.

 

Sources:

https://www.medicinenet.com/probiotics/article.htm

https://www.health.harvard.edu/vitamins-and-supplements/health-benefits-of-taking-probiotics

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-health-benefits-of-probiotics#section7

2020-02-13T14:43:39-07:00

Related Questions

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    Q: Why don't you recommend, taking any kind of probiotics after taking the Full Body Detox?

    A:

    The body produces its own probiotics. If you put the right things in the body, ginger, cayenne, cloves, carrot juice, vegetable juice, sea weeds such as spirulina, Irish Moss, and kelp all help to naturally repopulate the intestinal tract.

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    Q: Is there such thing as, cleansing too much? From May - July I did a 40 day cleanse. The cleanse was pretty much ridding my diet of refined sugar, flour, alcohol, and animal product for much of the time. I just recently finished the Total Body Cleanse, and will be finishing my series of cleanses with the Total Woman's Cleanse. I personally feel fine, but people keep warning me about over cleansing. Also, bringing up the issue of your body being stripped of the good bacteria (along with the bad). But, I"ve taken probiotic pills (1-2) virtually everyday througout all of my cleanses. Should I be concerned with overcleansing? After this initial year of hard core cleansing, I plan to cleanse maybe once or twice a year. What are you thoughts on probiotics? Like I mentioned, I am taking pills. But I'd like to find foods that provide all that I need so I don't have to take pills.

    A:

    Many people are concerned about what happens to the beneficial intestinal flora after colonics are performed. Personally, I think many people put too much energy into worrying about something so inconsequential. If you're really worried about the beneficial intestinal flora after your colonic, you could always take a few capsules of acidophilus (acidophilus bifidus) or a liquid form of acidophilus (dairy-free, of course). I have never taken an acidophilus product after a colonic. I know Nature and my body too well. I know that my body naturally produces everything sold by man in a bottle, and that is purchased from a health food store, including beneficial flora or bacteria. I simply drink a minimum of 4 ounces of vegetable juice after my colonic sessions. If you're into carrot juice, carrot juice is just as effective as acidophilus in restoring good bacteria in the intestines. Juiced cantaloupe is even better than carrot juice in restoring the beneficial flora. Other natural substances that will help the body to repopulate beneficial flora or good bacteria in the intestines include: Blue Green algae, Spirulina, Chlorella, Irish Moss, Kelp, Bladderwrack, Dulse, Ginger, Cloves, Cayenne, Black Walnut Hull, and Carrot powder. Stop listening to these naysayers and keep doing YOU! You're on the right path!

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    Q: My mother, has been experiencing a digestive tract disorder for over 3 years. Everything she eats, and takes orally seems to come through her system, and gives off a foul smell. I recommended her to try your products because, they have been successful for me. She started taking the Probiotics, and Weight Loss Formula. She mentioned just today that they too, are coming through her system, and putting out a foul smell. She has been taking the herbs for little over 3-4 weeks now. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for my mom?

    A:

    Please have her perform the Full Body Detox, followed by the 10-Day Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse. Her insides are putrified because she's acidic. She needs to eat mostly fruits, vegetables and start drinking vegetable juice. These will help her condition.

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    Q: I truly Thank You and Love your website and love for God. Please recommend what I can purchase from you for consistent vaginal mucous discharge. Not foul, just chalky and annoying. I think I may have Candida because I have dry scalp as well. I tried Probiotics but didn't seem to work.

    A:

    Thank you for your kind words. Much appreciated! For vaginal mucous discharge, I recommend the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. However, it is best to perform the FULL BODY DETOX first then the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. After your cleanses, make sure you take YONI FORMULA daily. Read some of our free health articles too!

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    Q: Hi there, I never got yeast infections before but I had my first one in March of this year (2015) and have been suffering ever since. I was first treated with fluconazole and the infection went a way for a few weeks and then came back to which I was treated with another dose... again, it came back. I was treated with one more dose of the fluconazole- 3 pills every other day, I'm not sure the strength.... and of course, it came back. I went back to the doc and said I wanted to try a different solution as this wasn't working. They sent my culture into the lab to test for a different strand of candida but it came back just a strong strand of candida albicans. I was sent home with a cream and told to try boric acid suppositories or get put on a weekly prescription of the fluconazole. I don't want to rely on perscription meds that seem to make it only come back stronger. If you have any advice, please please please help me I am so desperate. I have been taking probiotics, using coconut oil for relief and cutting out all sugar. Any help would be so much appreciated. Best, Rokki

    A:

    We always recommend starting off with the Full Body Cleanse to help eliminate the toxins and waste that often contributes to recurring issues in the body. You should move on to the 10 Day Candida Cleanse to specifically address the candida presence in your body. After cleansing you should avoid consuming a lot of sugar, dairy and processed foods. You can also continue to take the Candida Normalizer as a maintenance.

    We also recommend reading our article entitled Candida Albicans: Yeast Infection.http://www.dherbs.com/articles/candida-yeast-infection-144.html

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    Q: I was wondering if either the Ant-Viral formula or Immune Support formulas would adversely affect beneficial flora and is it recommended to take probiotics while taking either of these formulas. Also, how would you rate the taste of the Anti-Viral tea? Is it absolutely awful with those listed ingredients or is there any stevia added?

    A:

    None of our products (nor anything natural) will adversely affect beneficial flora in the body. You do not have to take probiotics while taking any of our formulas. In re the taste of our teas, they are pretty well-tasting considering we use Stevia in all of our teas. Hey, try it yourself and see for yourself.

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    Q: For roughly 10 years the doctor have said that I have Bacteria Infections. I have asked repeatedly, how does this cured once and for all. There seems to be no cure. This is an embarrassment to me not only publicly but privately as well because I am constantly feeling self-conscientious about it. I have asked if it's an STD or STI and the answer is always no, my body is producing too much of this bacteria after my husband ejaculates in me. What is a cure or a method or prevention I can use that is all natural? I need something that will last a lifetime verses dose to dose.

    A:

    Please read the article "BACTERIOR VAGINOSIS" and "WHY WOMEN ARE SO SICK" Product-wise: I recommend the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE followed by the 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. Doctors are ignorant to true causes of diseases. They are of no value!

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    Q: I suffer with stomach bloating and constipation. I want to find the right products. I thought about taking probiotics. But there are so many.

    A:

    I would suggest you take BOWEL MOVER, INTESTINAL JANITOR, and PROBIOTIC FORMULA .

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    Q: I am a massage therapist. During a year long detox with the help of a Naturopath I lost about 40 pounds. However, I could only lose weight while fasting. Though I recognized that I was extremely toxic (very thick, dark menses every 15 days to flu-like symptoms) it seemed that fecal matter was getting "stuck" in the bend of the trans. Colon and disc. Colon. Maintaining the weight losses and good health was difficult in spite of being on a wholesome diet. Digestive enzymes seemed to adversely affect digestion since elimination was slow (once a day). Though enzymes worked well in the stomach, I would only gain weight with the use of enzymes: drinking a gallon of water a day only touched my extreme thirst. I would become lethargic and experience painful menses. Cramps, along with swelling in the ankles. Recently a massage therapist who worked with colon massage laid hands on me and told me that my trans. colon was sitting below my belly button. His massaging in the bend of the trans. colon and the disc. Colon was very uncomfortable. We agreed that massage could help with my situation since I felt great after the massage. I take flaxseed oil, prune juice, probiotics, and cranberry juice everyday and I have been seeing a colon hydro therapist for the past five weeks (once a week) with very good results. Is there a special diet that can help pull the trans colon back into position? I really want to be able to eat wholesome foods and look and feel wholesome at the same time. Thank you for your support.

    A:

    I WOULD RECOMMEND COLON REPAIR. CONSIDER THE DHERBS 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE AND IT'S CORRELATING DIET (WHICH COMES WITH THE CLEANSE) AND DRINK MUCH VEGETABLE AND FRUIT JUICE, BUT ESPECIALLY VEGETABLE JUICE. FRUITS SMOOTHIES WILL ALSO HELP REPAIR THE COLON. DRINK 2-4 OUNCES OF ALOE VERA JUICE IN A GLASS OF WATER. PERFORM ANTI-GRAVITY EXERCISES 15-MINUTES PER DAY (HAVE LEGS RAISED HIGHER THAN THE FACE - I.E. LEGS UP AGAINST THE WALL WITH HEAD AND BACK ON THE GROUND). PERFORM ENEMAS AND COLONICS AS WELL. ALL ORGANS ARE REPAIRABLE AND THEREFORE YOU CAN HEAL YOURSELF OF THIS CRISIS. PEACE, OPTIMAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING BE UNTO YOU.

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    Q: What would be the best product to use for non-stop bacterial and fungus infections in the vaginal area? I'm not interested in your total detox programs because I am a vegetarian and my stomach cannot handle it. I develop loose stools very easily. I am just trying to get good vaginal health, and get rid of antibiotics that have been disrupting my system.

    A:

    Please Read: â€BACTERIOR VAGINOSISâ€

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    Q: I have been diagnosed with Prostatitis. I have been talking anti-biotics to treat the bacteria. Other than the symptoms of pelvic pain and clear bacteria presence, I have been having issues with erection and libido. I was put on a antibiotics for 3 months. My question is after I am done with the antibiotics I would like to use herbs for continual treatment. I think it would be a good idea to detox after my treatment but what would you recommend for the sex drive and erection issue? In one of your articles you said " Would you believe that most cases of penile erectile dysfunction are due to Clogged Arteries, and Poor Blood CIRCULATION?" I am in agreement with that statement. How does this factor in with my case of prostatitis since I am having some erection, sex drive issues?

    A:

    Antibiotics for prostatitis? Not helping the problem! I urge you to read our "Male Prostate" article in our articles section. Don't even worry about the sex drive. Your body is talking to you about a disease and you're concerned with erection. Refrain from sex, and concentrate on healing. Get your mind right! Focus on optimal health and well-being. Please check out our Mental Science Manual (visit e-books section). Think about performing the Full Body Detox followed by the Total Male Cleanse, at least for starters in correcting this problem.

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    Q: Do I need to take a "Probiotic Supplement" with the FULL BODY DETOX? For the bacteria that needs to stay inside your colon, because we lose good and bad bacteria from the colon from detoxing the whole body. Do good bacteria need to stay in our colon and bodies especially for women's vagina to keep it clean.

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    Taking the supplement in addition to the cleanse is not necessary at all. The cleanse does not eliminate all of the good bacteria, if anything it plays a role in balancing it out. Probiotic supplements are not always the best choice.

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    Q: I have a good dentist, that cares much about the health and service of her patients. The only thing is that, it's their practice that before they can do anything on you (ex. fill cavities, root canal or anything) you have to take antibiotics an hour before the appointment. This is for prevention of any infections during, or after the procedure. I read the article about antibiotics, and know how harmful it is for your body. I am soon going need to have an implant procedure done. I want to know if there is an alternative to antibiotics or something I can take to be ready for the surgery in oppose to taking the antibiotics for prevention of infections?

    A:

    Most people opt for the antibiotics, and then after the dental work just consume carbon (activated charcoal). Antibiotics options would include Echinacea-Goldenseal extract, and Candida Buster formula which is 100% anti-biotical in nature. These products are all available in our store. Peace and Love!

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    Q: My mother has problems with stomach ulcers and bacteria in her stomach. She has tried the series of medication subscribed by the doctor and the bacteria has returned. Is there a natural remedy for bacteria in the stomach?

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    Try our10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. Have her try it!

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    Q: I read your article; I am so stressed out trying to find a cure for this. I have tried everything possible pills, creams. I don't douche. I need help I had this problem for a year. It goes away for 2 days then it comes back. I don't have an odor it’s just a discharge. I just want the discharge to go away. I feel as though all the medicine I took messed up my balance and that’s probably why the bv hasn't gone away. I need something that is going to help but be safe for me. I know the antibiotics kill my good bacteria. I just need help badly. I don't know what else to do. I am just so lost on everything. I understand what it is and how to works. All I want is for it to go away. I am thinking I just need my balance to go back up or replenish my good bacteria, I am just not sure what to do anymore, also I am trying to change how I eat, is there certain foods I need to eat or drink? Or certain soap or laundry detergent? I just need help ASAP!!!!!!

    A:

    Please read our article â€VAGINAL ODORS AND DISCHARGE†on our site. It is very detailed. Your discharge says so much! It's conveying a message to you. The situation is mostly diet-related. Stop eating meat, dairy, refined grains and starches. Go raw foods (50%) and vegan (50%) immediately. Drink a lot of fruit and vegetable juices. Get colonics and perform enemas (weekly enemas). Give our TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE a try! Read some of our â€ARTICLESâ€! Keep your head up! Don't give up! Most people give up when they are just 3 feet from the gold. The answers you desire always come at the point when you are ready to give up. This is why you found Dherbs.Com! We are NOT the answer, but we can help point you to it! There is healing for you, Beloved! Stop thinking about the discharge and start thinking about life without the discharge. Constant thoughts create your reality!

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    Q: I see a lot of your tea formulas if not all of them are also offered in pill form. Which is recommended the tea or the pill? Also I am pretty sure I have a bacterial infection of some sort. I have been to 2 different doctors neither one of them actually ran any test to find out what the infection was. They really didn’t even listen to me at all when I went there. Actually I told them flat out what tests I wanted done and they still didn’t do them. Now I remember why I hate traditional doctors. One doctor took an x-ray and told me I have a whole lot of bacteria in my ingestions what an x-ray shows there I don’t know because even if it appears cloudy bacteria is SUPPOSE to be there anyway. I already knew I had a problem bacteria there as I am having mucus in my stools. He just gave me an antibotic and that was it. either way his 3 day antibiotic didn’t work and I felt ripped off paying a copay for 3 pills. So I have a question about a recommendation here. I know for sure the bacteria is affecting my intestines as the mucus in my stool. I don’t know where else it has worked into but I am thinking it’s starting to effect my eyes some as well as I have noticed they appear much more watery than normal and looks like they get a discharge from them and they are much more red than normal. Regardless to what the doctor says I don’t have allergies. I know my body much better than he does I have never had allergy problems in the past so I don’t think its caused from that. so what products should I be looking at? and are the teas or pills recommended?

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    Capsules are more potent than teas but teas get into the body faster. So you can choose what you're looking for. Both capsules and teas work however! For bacterial infection: First perform the FULL BODY DETOX and follow that up with the 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. Change your diet: raw foods (75%) and vegan (25%). Drink plenty of vegetable juice. Drink Dherbs MUCUS BUSTER TEA daily (1-2 cups) p.s. - Don't hate traditional doctors! It's negative energy. Read my article â€LEAVE MEDICAL DOCTORS ALONEâ€.

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    Q: My daughter has eczema that NEVER goes away. I need to do a blood cleanse and cannot find any suitable for her age group. I saw your children?s full body cleanse. Does this include the blood cleanse? Would this be sufficed? I also was wondering if you could recommend anything I can use topically to stop her itching? I am currently using oil of oregano mixed with EVOO at night for the bacteria and a mixture of oils to try to hydrate her skin during the day. I have tried everything and NOTHING works except steroid creams which I do not want to use. Please let me know your recommendations.

    A:

    My son had a very bad case of eczema (scratched so much he bled). He was cured/healed in 6 months. Purchase the Children's Detox and give him the liquids in water or apple juice. For external application, purchase Oz Oil (this is what helped to heal my son's skin inflammation) and rub this on her body a few times during the day. Bathe the child in warm water and sea salt (start of with one box). You can also bathe the child in herbs. Boil some Dherbs Detox Tea (2-4 bags) in a big pot. Let it cool down and pour the contents of the pot into the bath water. Let the child soak in this for about 30 minutes. Your child can heal! I saw a miracle performed with my son so I know eczema like all other diseases can be healed!

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    Q: I have Bacterial vaginosis (bv) and I only have a discharge and I am about to be on my cycle I know that tampons and pads are not good cause of the chemicals it can leave. Is there any pads or tampons that are natural or don't have chemicals that can harm any bacteria for my vagina?

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    We list alternative brand pads in Dherbs ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL. Brands off hand include Natra-Care (which I highly endorse) and Seventh Generation.

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    Q: My 19 months old daughter has clostridium difficile bacteria. I had done some research but it is still very unclear, what needs to be done. I do not want to take her back to the M.D. I was very disappointed in the whole system. Hope you can help me to find a better way.

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    Try the Children's Detox and put the liquid extracts in the child's milk (or water). This cleanse contains all herbal extracts for children that nourishes all of the organs in the body to support optimal health.

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    Q: It's been 2 weeks now since, I started eating exclusively raw. I'm even baking whole wheat bread in the sun. This was a great substitute for the cooked rice I used to eat. I'm also eating quite a large amount of grapes (red and white), as my body seems to ask for it. But recently, I noticed that my heart is beating quite strongly, and I find difficulty to bear the hot weather as a consequence. Also, I noticed a white pimple on the tip of my tongue, and this was a confirmation that there was maybe too much stimulating energy in the heart (according to oriental diagnosis of the tongue). When I eat sun baked bread, I automatically feel heat in the body. So I'm wondering if this is a good food to continue with or not. Isn't it more "neutral" (in terms of energy) to include a small portion of cooked brown rice along with the raw regimen? Just want remind you of my health issue: HPV and bacteria in the urinary tract.

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    Greetings! No need to feel helpless. Feeling is very powerful and you will attract more of what you are feeling if you don't control your feeling. Please consider ordering and READING (digesting) our "Mental Science Manual" and "The Love Manual" e-books. If you had sex with the guy who cheated on you, you ignited stored residual feelings from the initial violation of your trust. Forgive yourself (and him) and move on. Okay, as far as the sun baked bread, LISTEN to your body. If you're feeling heat, it's stimulating. Cut back on eating this bread. Go back to a little brown or wild rice (very balancing). Remember to detoxify your body periodically! Full Body Detox and Anti-Viral Formula.

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