Bacterial Tidbits by Karlin .....

Bacteria are everywhere, doing good things.

Date:   5/27/2012 9:21:48 PM ( 11 y ago)

Bacterial World

Bacteria don't make the world go around, but they do make it snow, they make our stools, and they make us well and/or they make us sick.

Without the right kinds of bacteria in our colon, we would have diarrhea all the time. We would not be able to get certain vitamins and nutrients our body needs. There are millions of each kind of bacteria in our colons, and 500 to 1000 different kinds, maybe more. This all adds up to there bieng "more bacterial cells in the human body than there are human cells". Really. Google it.

An important health dilema in the modern world has to do with FERMENTATION, a bacterial process where foods are fermented. And yes, there are other fermentation processes in this world besides beer.[beer has yeast poop in it!!]

Fermentation "takes too long" for the greedy food industry, and so they did away with the fermentation process in some foods that really do need to be fermented.


SOY, for example. We hear that "soy has been used by the Chinese for 1000s of years", but they - the food industry - don't bother to tell us that they allways fermented the soy for several days or even several weeks before eating it.

Fermentation allows foods to be kept in an edible condition for a long time, which was important before refrigeration was available to households.

Soy that has not been fermented - which is the case for almost every soy food product on store shelves - is simply not a healthy food choice. Read more about that here>


And then there is CHEESE. But cheese is fermented, right? Ahhh, yes, but not for long enough. There is a balance to be had, and only those "8 year old" cheddars are getting up to the bacterial counts needed for proper digestion.

This is just my theory, based on personal experience [that you do not want to hear about, lol], but I believe that "young cheese" will constipate, whereas "OLD CHEESE" will actually cure constipation.

Okay, I am done with food for now... but....


WAIT a minute, did I say that bacteria can make SNOW?

Yup - when snowflakes form in the atmosphere, they do so around what is called "ice nucleators" or "ice-forming nuclei" where the moisture in the air huddles around whatever particles are up there, and then they begin to fall towards Earth's surface.

In one study they found that between "45% and 95%" of ice nucleators were bacterial!! How in the heck, you say, and I agree.

What KINDS of bacteria are up there, acting as ice forming nucleators? The answer was found in 2008 studies that found these bacteria were associated with plants, and some were algae, and the "non bacterial but nonetheless biological" ones included pollen spores. The samples were collected from clouds. If clams have legs, I guess bacteria can fly!!

Here, FYI, let them tell it in their own words - QUOTE:
The most widespread and well-studied biological aerosols with ice-nucleating activity are comprised of certain species of plant-associated bacteria (Pseudomonas syringae, Pseudomonas viridiflava, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pantoea agglomerans, and Xanthomonas campestris), but also fungi (e.g., Fusarium avenaceum), algae such as Chlorella minutissima, and birch pollen (5). P. syringae (6–8) and F. avenaceum (7) in particular have been detected in atmospheric aerosols and clouds. Ice-nucleating strains of P. syringae possess a 120- to 180-kDa ice nucleation active protein in their outer membrane comprised of contiguous repeats of a consensus octapeptide; the protein binds water molecules in an ordered arrangement, providing a nucleating template that enhances ice crystal formation


It is a bacterial world, let that cheese age well.


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