Monday, March 24, 2014

Processed Foods & Probiotics

After what happened to me yesterday, I've decided to give this a real hard look.  Bare with me. And, please, chime in if you have something to add to the conversation.

OK, since becoming Neutropenic, eating raw fruits and veggies is no longer allowed, so I suppose I do ingest more processed foods than in the past. Including canned, frozen, and nasty prepackaged stuff that I dread when the ingredients are difficult to pronounce.

But, I try to keep that crap to a minimum; no commercial breads or loose bakery items, no bottled drinks that aren't 100% real juice, no pre-packaged rice or pasta, and still cook what I can from all allowed raw ingredients. 

And I don't indulge in most sweets. Yes, the occasional bowl of ice cream or chunk of dark chocolate, and because of my low energy of late, quick, frozen one dish meals that are easy to prepare and at least fill me up. Usually more food than I can eat at one sitting, so the remainder gets tossed.

A friend sent a video touting probiotics as the over-all system cleanser, to rid the old body of the toxins absorbed from all that nasty, chemically modified, processed crap that we sometimes aren't even aware we're forcing into our guts.

I was wondering if beginning a regimen of probiotics - along with my regular supplements and prescription meds would help boost my immune system. I haven't looked too deeply into this yet, but thought it was worth a shot.  

Question is, could it do any harm to my already compromised immune system?  Of course, I wouldn't want to do that. I've noted a few reputable companies offering probiotic supplements, including the company I've been dealing with for 3 decades. 

Just thought I'd throw this out there and see if anyone has information or first hand knowledge to share before I take the plunge. I mean, if no harm is done, what is there to lose? 

I know there is no silver bullet, but I’d like to ward off episodes like yesterday’s ugliness and embarrassing trip to the ER if possible.  I mean, can you blame me?

And so it goes.


  1. good wee-beasties are usually beneficial for the bowels and health in general, although I like to have mine in their food stuffs ( so I eat yogurt) Pro-biotics are apparently an alternative for those who don't eat yogurt.

  2. Is that all it is? Damn! Never mind. I love yogurt and eat it every day in one way or other. Thanks for the input. Disappointed there is no magic bullet. Can't blame me for trying.

  3. Your already on the right track with yogurt and my cardiologist touts gelato

  4. Several years ago when taking antibiotics and the ensuing diarrhea, I was advised to eat yogurt to replenish the good flora in my gut that the antibiotics were wiping out. Yogurt (now Greek) has been a staple in my diet ever since.


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