According to dr. Perricone, author of the probiotic diet – overweight, civilization diseases are the result of inflammation in the body caused by poor nutrition. The right diet can change that. In everyday menu should appear products containing probiotics, i.e. selected live bacterial cultures, and prebiotics, i.e. food components that prolong the survival time of “good bacteria”
The creator of this slimming program is Hollywood guru Nicholas Perricone, a dermatologist at the University of Michigan. Usually, what is born in the American Dream Factory, it quickly gains fame, but it is not necessarily healthy, but in the case of a diet that focuses on the so-called. good bacteria, we have not only popularity, but also a lot of benefits for the body. The effect of using a probiotic-based diet is better immunity or exemplary condition, but also a slim figure and a younger complexion.
Probiotic diet dr. Perricone is very simple, and also cheap and based on products that we can easily get in any store. It does not require scrupulous counting of calories. Obviously during the day you eat 2-3 portions of pre- and probiotic products, 5 portions of vegetables and fruits, 1-2 servings of sea fish, nuts, and grains. Such a way of eating will make you a month out of breath and get rid of 4 kilos.
The probiotic diet can be used for as long as you want, regardless of gender and age. It is also good for children. Most benefits will be gained by people struggling with resistant kilograms, digestive problems and a tendency to various infections.
The basis of dr. Perricone are products containing probiotics and prebiotics
Thanks to numerous studies, we know that the so-called good bacteria (probiotics) can do a lot. First of all, they are a counterbalance to harmful microorganisms. They produce substances that destroy or weaken pathogens that cause many diseases and weaken immunity. They make it difficult for them to adhere to the intestinal wall and consume nutrients that feed on dangerous microbes. In addition, they enhance the activity and effectiveness of lymphocytes (immune bodies) and macrophages (cells that trap foreign bodies, e.g. bacteria, fungi and viruses). Good bacteria are also helpful in preventing and relieving allergies. Studies have confirmed that the administration of probiotics to women at the end of pregnancy and then to children during the first half of life lowers the risk of allergic reactions. The use of probiotics while in the already diagnosed allergy speeds up the resolution of its symptoms. The intestinal walls sealed by them become a barrier to sensitizing substances.
Without probiotics, it is more difficult to fight off ailments, such as diarrhea – both those occurring after the use of antibiotics, as well as caused by viruses or related to traveling. They also stimulate the work of the intestines, thanks to which they can deal with constipation, facilitate digestion and get rid of toxins. They are helpful in the treatment of stomach ulcers and duodenal ulcers, and increasingly, products and probiotic supplements are recommended for people with Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Some strains are involved in the production of folic acid and other B vitamins. Others help to combat intimate infections in women. Good bacteria also positively affect the condition of the mouth and teeth, including prevent multiplication of bacteria responsible for the development of caries.
What are the sources of probiotics?
Beneficial bacterial strains are found especially in yoghurts, buttermilk, kefirs, cheese, curd, acidophilus milk, silage. It is worth looking for strains that have a documented effect, e.g. Lactobacillus GG, Lactobacillus casei ssp Shirota, Lactobacillus casei DN-114 001, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium. For a dairy product to be probiotic, one gram should contain at least 10 million Bifidobacterium units or 100 million Lactobacillus units. Probiotics are also rich in exotic dishes, such as miso soup or pasta, which is made from soy fermented.
The good bacteria provided with food are better if there is no shortage of so-called prebiotics. These are the ingredients of food that extend the survival time of bacteria that are beneficial for us and help them colonize in the intestines. They are not digested either in the stomach or in the small intestine, only in the large intestine they are fermented. There, they increase the amount of good bacterial flora. They also prevent constipation, reduce the concentration of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood, increase the absorption of calcium from food.
What are the sources of prebiotics?
The most well-known prebiotic is dietary fiber – cellulose, pectin, inulin. These are asparagus, artichokes, Jerusalem artichoke, oatmeal, bananas, onion, leek, sugar snap peas, kohlrabi, string beans, as well as chicory root and dandelion (they are ingredients of some grain coffees).
A day according to Perricone
The Perricone diet consists of a solid breakfast, a filling lunch, an afternoon snack, dinner and an evening snack that prevents you from eating too much night. Although the diet can be used for a long time, the doctor ensures that you will feel the differences in appearance and well-being after a few days.
Thanks to the fact that Dr Perricone recommends daily prebiotics, which are a component of, among others vegetables and fruits and cereal products, its diet is also rich in antioxidants, having anti-cancer and rejuvenating effects of vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene), C and E. They neutralize skin-damaging free radicals, acting from the inside. Vitamin C prevents the appearance of wrinkles. Thanks to it, it is possible to create collagen and elastin, responsible for skin elasticity. The best sources of vitamin C are rosehip berries, blackcurrant, peppers, strawberries, forest fruits and citrus fruits. Recent studies in Italy have shown that large doses of yellow lutein and zeaxanthin also improve the elasticity of the skin, improving its hydration and reducing the damage caused by UV rays. Foods rich in these ingredients are corn, lettuce, sorrel, spinach and eggs from naturally farmed chickens.
You must also remember about the necessary increase in the intake of unsaturated fatty acids, especially from the omega-3 group. They are necessary for the proper functioning of the immune system and for the work of gray cells and skin hydration. A study by Clinical Nutrition showed that the right amount of linolenic acid (belonging to the omega-3 family) is just as important as vitamin C. Oily marine fish, cold pressed oils, seeds and nuts are a wealth of good fatty acids. They not only fight skin inflammation, but also lose weight. They reduce the appetite for sweets and facilitate slimming.
Probiotic diet principle
- Every morning, drink a glass of warm water with half a lemon or lime juice or fresh lemon balm herbs, mint. This is the best way to wake up the digestive and nervous system and cleanse the body.
- Remember about the obligatory portion of probiotics, prebiotics and antioxidants from vegetables and fruits in every meal.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water. Without proper hydration, your skin will not be elastic, elastic and moisturized. Provide the body with omega-3 acids that protect the skin against water loss.
- Avoid drinks and dishes with sugar, because it makes you age faster. It causes inflammation that destroys collagen and the skin becomes inflexible, stiff, gray.
- Avoid drinking coffee. Drunk in large quantities promotes the secretion of cortisol and insulin, which cause weight gain.