Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Rejuvelac: Fermented Health Drink

This guide will walk you through making EM Rejuvelac. You will need: a wide mouth jar with lid, soft spring wheat berries (pastry wheat), a nylon mesh or cheese cloth and a strong rubberband, and a 35mm EM® Ceramic Pipe.
  1. Put soft wheat berries in the wide mouth jar. Cover the jar with nylon mesh, and secure the mesh with rubber band.
  2. Add filtered water to fill the jar. Allow the wheat berries to soak for 8 hours or more.
  3. Drain and rinse the berries a few times until the water comes out clear.
  4. Place the jar at an angle so that water can drain completely and have good ventilation.
  5. It takes about 24 to 48 hours to sprout, rinse 2 to 3 times daily.
  6. Rinse and drain the sprout for last time.
  7. Put 35mm EM® Ceramic Pipe into sprouted wheat berry jar.
  8. Fill the jar with filtered or spring water (amount of water should be equally with amount of sprouted wheat).
  9. Cover the jar with lid and let it set for 3 to 4 days. It helps the fermentation process go faster to gently shake the jar 1 to 2 times a day.
  10. Pour this liquid off into another jar, this is the first batch of EM Rejuvelac.
  11. Refill the jar with filtered or spring water again, this time requires only 1.5 to 2 days.
  12. Pour this liquid off into another jar, this is the second batch of EM Rejuvelac.
  13. Good EM Rejuvelac has a slightly tart, lemon-like flavor.
This recipe provided courtesy of Shu Chan of the Living Foods Learning Center, Columbus, New Mexico.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fermented Vineagrette

Fermentation has a powerful extracting property on plants. We took the same approach as used in making EM Fermented Plant Extract and used food instead. This recipe is a modificaiton of the balsamic vinaigrette made at the Palm Beach Ritz Carlton.

Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • 2 Tbsp Pro EM•1®
  • 2 Tbsp Raw Honey
  • 2 ounces Balsamic Vinegar
  • 6 ounces Cold Pressed Olive Oil
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp EM-X® Gold Sea Salt
  • 6-8 leaves fresh basil
Mix all ingredients in an airtight container with a screw on lid and let ferment at room temperature (70ºF) for at least 15 days. Mixture will store at room temperature for up to 1 year. 

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Probiotic Pineapple Drink

Pineapple JuicePineapple is loaded with all kinds of good enzymes and sugar, making it very easy to ferment. It ferments faster than most other fruits we have made drink with. It is so good when done, it doesn’t last long. So, you may want to make a larger batch than this one we have here. This recipe is for a 1 gallon batch.

1/2 Cup Pro EM•1®
10 drops Liquid Stevia
1 Cup Pineapple juice Concentrate
116 ounces warm water

Mix the ingredients together. Top off the container with warm filtered water, put an airlock* in and ferment. The bubbler in the airlock going up and down will indicate active fermentation. You should start to see a film develop on the surface of the liquid and/or some bubbling within 24 hours of mixing. You can start enjoying in as little as three days.
*Definitely use an airlock on this batch. Pineapple ferments are very active and produce lots of gas due to the high sugar and enzyme content of pineapple.

Photo courtesy from New Health Advisor.com

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Probiotic Lemonade/lemon soda

Fermented Lemon/Lime Ade

Yes, you can make a fermented lemonade that is refreshing, without the sugar, and has a probiotic benefit!

This recipe will make 1 gallon of refreshing fermented Lemon/Lime Ade

1/2 Cup Pro EM•1®
1 teaspoon Liquid Stevia extract
1/2 Cup Lemonade Concentrate
1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
1/8 Teaspoon EM-X Gold Sea Salt
4 Tablespoons EM-X Gold
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
108 ounces warm water

Mix the ingredients together. Top off the container with warm filtered water, put an airlock in the opening to the container and ferment. (The bubbler in the airlock going up and down indicates active fermentation.) You may start to see a film develop on the surface of the liquid and/or some bubbling within 24 hours of mixing. 

You can start enjoying in as little as three days while it is still digesting the sugars. It will be a little fizzy during this time. Consume the entire batch within 10 days as flavors can change after this time.

Photo: freedigitalphotos.net by by blackzheep

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Open Wide!

Let's talk about your mouth and what goes on in there... The mouth is the beginning of the digestive system. It is where digestion starts. Saliva lubricates the mouth and contains enzymes and microbes that start dissolving foods in the mouth. Teeth are used to pulverize foods, increasing the surface area and contact points for the microbes and enzymes to start breaking down food before they leave the mouth and head down to the stomach where acids macerate the food further. 

Foods bring microbes with them that are good and bad for you and your mouth. They are bringing lots of enzymes (especially if they are raw foods), and sugars. Sugars in your mouth are food for microbes residing in there. As far as the microbes in your mouth, there have been as many as 600 different species of microbes identified in the mouth! All microbes form a biofilm on surfaces. Biofilms are kind of slimy substances that have some nutrients in them and act as a protective blanket for microbes. If this film in not removed it will calcify and become tartar. Biofilms mostly form between teeth and go down along the teeth into the gums below the surface of the gum. This area is known as the "pocket". 

The bacteria that go into the pockets are the anaerobic bacteria that  produce hydrogen sulfide, the source of most bad breath. The hydrogen sulfide combines with water molecules and forms sulfuric acid (there are other acids that are produced by some other anaerobic bacteria that also colonize the pocket and the rest of the mouth. The acids wear down the bone under your gums and in your teeth. The acid is very irritating and feels like a mild burning. The irritation leads to bleeding and inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis. If gingivitis is not addressed, it will progress into periodontal disease. At that point, more drastic measures are needed such as gum surgery, removal of teeth, bone grafts, dentures or implants, etc. Periodontal disease can be very painful and lead to other problems such as heart disease.

  • Your best methods of prevention are to floss regularly...preferably after every meal. This will remove large particles of food left between the teeth and will also scrape off the film and even some small bits of tartar that have begun to form.   
  • Also recommended is using a Water Pik®. This machine uses water to flush out between teeth and can also flush out shallow pockets, removing the bacteria and acids in the pocket. Use this machine (they also make portable ones you can take with you when you travel) after flossing. We recommend adding a tablespoon of Dr. Don's® Oral Rinse in the reservoir of a Water Pik®. It adds several types of antioxidants that help fight inflammation in the mouth.
  • The latest development in brushing is a sonic brush. The sonic brush vibrates at a high rate/frequency. This frequency suppresses the growth of pathogenic bacteria and can also help loosen tartar. This is exactly how our Dr. Don's® products work by the way! The ceramics in our Dr. Don's® Tooth Powder emit an ultrasonic frequency that stops pathogenic bacteria growth in your mouth.
  • Probiotics are also being studied for their effects on gingivitis, periodontal disease, and bad breath. We recommend using Pro EM•1® diluted with water as part of your oral care program. Dilute 1 tsp of Pro EM•1® in 8oz of water, swish, gargle, and swallow after you have finished flossing, irrigating, and brushing.
Pro EM•1® and Dr. Don's® are available at TeraGanix.com.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Probiotics And Weight (fat) Loss

Same weight of fat and muscle, different volume.Over the past 10 years there have been several studies on the use of various probiotic strains in weight loss. Some of the first studies came from the idea of trying figure which microbes were associated with obese and lean subjects. There was an interesting finding that two different phylum were associated with these. There was a ratio between the Bacteroidetes phylum and Firmicutes phylum. The higher amount of Bacteroidetes group was associated with lean subjects. If the balance between the two (a 3:1 ratio) was off in the favor of the firmicutes phylum, the subjects tended to not lose weight. It is interesting to note that the Lactobacillus genus is in the firmicutes phylum and most of the bacteroidetes phylum contains pathogenic organisms. 

Since these studies were first done in the early 2000's, there have been many many more. Several of which cite various strains of lactobacillus having positive effects on lean muscle mass and decreases in adipose (fat) tissue. n a newer, 2014 article in the British Journal of Nutrition, Sanchez et. al. were able to identify some effects of a lactobacillus bacteria that aided in weight loss in obese women in a 24-week period. There was "a significant reduction in fat mass in women (Sanchez et al. p 1517) while "fat regain was observed in women in the placebo group during the weight-maintenance phase, suggesting that probiotics may help obese women to maintain a healthy body weight."(Sanchez et al. p 1518). Unfortunately, for men, there were no differences between the control group and the treated group in this study. There are other studies that do show fat loss benefits for men as well.
Muscle weights on average 3 times that of fat tissue, the lack of weight loss would make sense. This is in fact one of the reasons livestock owners feed probiotics to their animals. It helps the animals gain muscle (meat) with less feed. The Sanchez et al., study hints at the benefit of lactic acid bacteria helping in metabolizing food, reducing fat, and increasing lean muscle mass. This is the goal of fitness: decreasing fat and increasing lean muscle. When people start a fitness program they, depending on the workout routine, they may actually gain weight in the first few weeks of the program. This is considered a good sign for a few reasons. This means that the person is building lean muscle. The muscle will help support their body as workout routines get more intense, but it also means that they will begin to burn more calories during their resting phases as muscle also burns more calories.

Although we would like a silver bullet; to be able to just take a pill and watch the pounds shed off, it is not going to happen. However, taking a mixed probiotic is likely going to help build more lean muscle mass, improve digestion and energy conversion, which will improve the overall health of a person. The probiotic will not do it alone, but will help. Combine the use of a probiotic in your daily weight loss and nutrition program and track your progress. Take measurements, photos, and notes and stick to it! EM-X Gold Prebiotic, EM-X Gold Sea Salt, and Pro EM-1 Probiotic are just some of the products you can add to your diet.

Marina Sanchez; Darimont, Christian; Drapeau, Vicky; Emady-Azar, Shahram; Lepage, Melissa; Rezzonico, Enea; Ngom-Bru, Catherine; Berger, Bernard; Philippe, Lionel; Ammon-Zuffrey, Corinne; Leone, Patricia; Chevrier, Genevieve; St-Amand, Emmanuelle; Marette, Andre; Dore, Jean; and Temblay, Angelo. "Effective of Lactobacillus rhamnosus CGMCC1.3724 Supplementation On Weight Loss and Maintenance In Obese Men and Women." British Journal of Nutrition. (2014) 111. 1507-1519.

Image from Instant Health Makeover.com.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What are some of the enzymes in Pro EM-1?

In our last post we discussed enzymes and how they are all produced by microbes. Well, considering there are 6 different species of microbes in Pro EM-1 and each one can produce a multitude of enzymes, we thought it would be a good idea to list out some of these enzymes. It is important to note that microbes produce enzymes when they are exposed to various compounds. Also, keep in mind that these metabolites are all included in Pro EM-1.

Here are enzymes are produce by just Lactobacillus casei:

It gets really cool when you start to look at what each one of these does. And, with the help of Google, it doesn't take too long to not only find out what each microbes produces, but also what each metabolite does. Most of these compounds have been researched pretty heavily so finding the info is pretty easy.  Here are just a few examples from Wikipedia:
Esterase (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esterase) is a hydrolase enzyme that splits esters into an acid and an alcohol in a chemical reaction with water called hydrolysis. A wide range of different esterases exist that differ in their substrate specificity, their protein structure, and their biological function.

Esterase (C4)
Esterase-lipase (C8)
Lipase (C14)
Leucine aminopeptidase 
Valine aminopeptidase  
Cystine aminopeptidase
Alkaline phosphatase 
Acid phosphatase 

Chymotrypsin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chymotrypsin)is a digestive enzyme component of pancreatic juice acting in the duodenum where it performs proteolysis, the breakdown of proteins and polypeptides.

alpha-Galactosidase (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha-galactosidase) This enzyme is a homodimeric glycoprotein that hydrolyses the terminal alpha-galactosyl moieties from glycolipids and glycoproteins. It predominantly hydrolyzes ceramide trihexoside, and it can catalyze the hydrolysis of melibiose into galactose and glucose. 

alpha-Fucosidase (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha-L-fucosidase)  is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction

an alpha-L-fucoside + H2O \rightleftharpoons L-fucose + an alcohol

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What are enzymes and what do they do?

Here is another bit of information about Pro EM•1® Probiotic that you may find interesting.

Enzymes are specialized proteins that speed up the reaction times of various reactions. Many companies sell enzyme products to help with digestion such as caseinase to break down a milk sugar known as casein. Other products may be sold for increased absorption of protein (proteinase) or fats (lipase). Enzymes are crucial in the process for breaking down sugars for your body to be able to use the sugars for energy.

Do you know where enzymes come from? You guessed it, they are ALL produced by microbes. The average number of enzymes that a single microbe can produce ranges from 10 to 30 different type of enzymes. Which enzyme is produced depends on exposure to something needed to break down that substance. Here is an example, Lactobacillus casei is exposed to milk. The microbe produces the enzyme caseinase to start breaking down the casein, digesting parts of the sugar molecule to perform its own bodily functions (metabolism). There are other enzymes produced by L. Casei including: proteinase, high peptidase, esterase-lipase. 

There are smaller, even more specific, proteins known as "co-enzymes". These enzymes assist the main enzymes in breaking down large molecules such as polysaccharides (starches) into smaller and smaller chains. Again, one microbe can product up to 30 different co-enzymes! Imagine the diversity of enzymes alone when you think of how many microbes are in and on us, in our food, in our water, etc. 

If you are having digestive problems, that means something is out of whack. Why take one enzyme product when you can take a whole bunch of microbes that can produce a whole bunch of different types of enzymes and co-enzymes...ones that are produced when the need is addressed (or confronted!)?   Pro EM•1® Probiotic contains 6 different strains of microbes. Each can produce up to 30 different enzymes (potentially up to 180) and up to 30 different co-enzymes...this is in addition to a slew of other beneficial metabolite compounds produced by the live-active microbes in Pro EM•1® Probiotic.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

What makes Pro EM-1 different than other Probiotics On The Market

Pro EM•1® Probiotic is unique, not only in its formulation, but also in how it can be consumed and how it works. Most other probiotics on the market consist of freeze dried microbes that are selected because they are “found in the human gut”, put into a capsule, and bottled. Let’s look at why there are issues with some of these ideas.

1. High colony counts are important for freeze dried because 85-90% of the freeze dried microbes do NOT survive the freeze drying process. This is why so many companies stress how many cultures they have in their product.  Pro EM•1® is not freeze dried and contains all live, active, naturally occurring microbes that are not genetically modified.

2. Time.  According to the Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.org/digestive-system/expert-answers/faq-20058340) the average time from ingestion to elimination can vary from 33 hours to 53 hours. The first 6-8 hours are from mouth to small intestines. The rest of the time is between small intestines to excretion. Freeze dried microbes need to re-hydrate before then can become active again. Most need 10-14 hours of hydration time before the microbes are able to start working. Once they do, they then need to start multiplying by eating foods and then take several more hours to days to establish themselves. During this time they are confronted with a harsh environment, having to compete with beneficial and pathogenic bacteria in the gut and their respective metabolites. If this is correct, the time from ingestion until the microbes can establish themselves is about as long as it takes the average person to completely digest and eliminate food. Many companies also put a coating on their capsules to “protect” their microbes from being exposed to stomach acids. Following that line of thinking, this means the first 6-8 hours of exposure time have not even started hydration and reanimation. Then we add 10-14 hours and we are up to 16 to 22 hours. That means 16 to 22 hours of exposure time are lost all due to way the probiotic is made in the first place. Pro EM•1® is a live liquid that start to be absorbed by your body as soon as you put it in your mouth.

3. The Stomach Acid Myth. It is believed that probiotics are weak and not able to survive the low pH of stomach acids. For microbes that are never exposed to low acids, this is mostly true. EM Research Organization ran a few studies a couple of years ago to see how their microbes stood up to low pH solutions. They compared three major company’s products to theirs and discovered there was nearly 100% survival of the microbes in Pro EM•1®. The microbes in Pro EM•1® will easily survive passage through the stomach acid.

4. Diversity is key to health and survival. Most products lack diversity of microbes. Take a look at the major probiotics on the market and look at the list of microbes in the products. The first word is the genus. The second word is the species. Most probiotics use a few different species of lactic acid bacteria. These include Lactobacillus, bifido, and bacillus bacteria. The species are different, yet being in the same genus, they all generally produce the same metabolites, with slight variation between species. This means, although they may have 4 or more species, they are all doing pretty much the same thing. What is needed is a diversity of genus so there will be different metabolites produced that will support the digestive system and the establishment of the beneficial microbes (the probiotics).

Pro EM•1® Probiotic contains microbes from three genus: Lactobacillus, Saccharomyces, and Rhodopseudomonus.
5. Lack of Metabolites. If the entire product ingredients were not fermented together, they lack metabolites. Freeze dried products are isolated species of microbes that are usually grown on agar. The microbes are scraped off the culturing plates, the sprayed on some filler like maltodextrin or dextrose (both are corn sugars...usually from genetically modified GMO corn). There are no metabolites (vitamins, antibacterial compounds, minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes, peptides, bioflavinoids, amino acids, organic acids, etc.). This means, when the micorbes enter a hostile environment, such as a compromised digestive system that is teaming with various microbes, acids, and gases, the microbe survival rate declines dramatically.  Pro EM•1® Probiotic is fermented at 100ºF and contains all the natural metabolites produced by the microbes during fermentation.

So, how does your probiotic compare to Pro EM•1®?