Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.
Probiotics are naturally found in your body. You can also find them in some foods and supplements.
[I]t is the microbial content that has got health types excited – because bacteria are big news these days. More specifically, the 39tn microbes, weighing about as much as your brain, that live happily in your gut, the makeup of which, some evidence suggests, may have a significant effect on everything from your long-term weight to your current mood.
Unfortunately, the typical modern western menu does little to nourish this “huge alien ecosystem”, as Dr Michael Moseley puts it, under siege as it is from antibiotics and a deluge of cleaning products designed to sterilise every part of our existence. However much we may like junk food and chemical additives, our gut bacteria does not – and our increasingly narrow diet has led to a similar lack of diversity in our gut. Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and the author of The Diet Myth, explains that if we “wipe out our gut microbes, then our immune system goes into autodrive and starts attacking us with autoimmune diseases and allergies”.
My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
Remember the meals we used to have as a family? I loved that you guys helped out in the kitchen — even when young — and made meal time a family affair. That is what life is all about … time spent with loved ones, even tie spent doing the most mundane of activities.
These are the stuff good memories are made of. No one remembers with fondness the hours in front of the TV eating microwaved food. But, that was not your childhood with me. We cooked together, ate together, and shared many good laughs. I miss that. I miss it everyday.
Your mother was a lazy cook and was more prone to instant noodles than real meals made of fresh vegetables and proteins. (For most of my marriage to your mother, either I or your grandmother cooked our meals — yes, I cooked more family meals than your mother despite my long work hours as a lawyer and consultant.) Thus, because I’m no longer there, I want you to take charge of your eating habits and eat healthy.
Eat natural cheese, miso, pickled olives, yogurt, kimchi, and other food items that are rich in probiotics. Avoid chips, instant noodles, canned food, frozen food, and other processed food items. Too often, instant food are full of preservatives and chemicals — added to make the food last longer in the freezer, in the can, in the plastic bag, etc. Eat fruits, vegetables, and other natural food.
Remember our many trips to the farmers’ markets? Do that. Drag your mom along if necessary. Go outside.
Spend time outdoors. I know your mom used to plant you guys in front of the TV and bought hand-held video games to babysit you. But, now that you’re older, take charge of your lives. Go outside. Go with each other and watch out for one another. Remember how we used to spend time at the neighborhood park almost every day with our friends and neighbors? Do that. It’s not only good for your health, but is also the stuff good memories are made of.
Finally, remember, all things will come to pass. Even the successful and the great have no assurances that their futures will hold the same. Let F. Lee Bailey’s story serve as a reminder of that. http://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/a10284185/f-lee-bailey-oj-lawyer-interview/. Let the fates of the former president of South Korea, Mrs. Park, the former prime minister of Pakistan, Mr. Sharif — both forced from high office for corruption — serve to remind you that money and power are not the end all. See, e.g., http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/17/asia/south-korea-park-indictment/index.html; https://www.ksl.com/?nid=235&sid=45193281&title=disqualified-by-court-pakistans-prime-minister-steps-down.
Wealth, power, fame, etc., are for naught if you are not true to who you are. Be true to yourselves. Be you, but be the best you. Avoid false friends, and those who don’t tell you the truth, but only tell you what they think you want to hear. Beware of such “friends” for they are anything but that.
Until we reunite, I send you all of my love, always