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weed seed and feed program

Weed seed and feed program

Quality really matters when it comes to probiotics. In addition to not containing what they claim, some probiotics actually have been found to contain unacceptable microorganisms. I never recommend buying supplements on Amazon as Amazon itself admits that they can’t guarantee that what is advertised is what you will receive.

It is necessary to get the undesirable plants out of the way by weeding so that the seeds you want to grow don’t get choked out. Then the desirable seed can be planted. Once planted, these desirable plants need to be fed so they can grow.

I recommend choosing one probiotic from each of these categories, and taking them simultaneously for at least 3-4 weeks. Want to learn more about why I make this recommendation? I LOVE this probiotic starter guide by the aforementioned author Dr. Michael Ruscio.

Once you develop a leaky gut, your immune system must deal with the food particles, bacteria, and microbes that leak into the body through the compromised gut barrier that would normally keep them from gaining access. This creates havoc in your system and triggers an immune response – which can lead to an autoimmune response in which your immune system attacks your own body (Think Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriasis, Chron’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis just to name a few.)

What to Look for in a Probiotic

Eating fermented foods that contain probiotics – like kimchi, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, and yogurt – can increase the amount of good bacteria in your system. However, most people would benefit from a quality probiotic supplement as well.

In fact, Dr. Hyman explains that, many “diseases are affected by the health of your gut flora – including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, allergic diseases like asthma and eczema and even depression, ADD and autism!”

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, “The health of the 100 trillion bugs in your gut is one of the biggest things that impacts your health.” When the healthy gut bacteria is out of balance with the bad gut bacteria, we are set up for trouble.

Why Gut Health Matters

The principles of gardening can actually apply to the complex habitat within our gut. To have good gut health, we must get the weeds (bad bacteria) in check. To do this we need the good seeds (healthy bacteria) to take root. And finally, we need to feed this good bacteria (prebiotics).

When your gut lining breaks down you develop ‘leaky gut.’ This can be caused by using antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, or excessive alcohol use. But it can also be affected by stress, a diet of processed foods, or even food sensitivities – foods that are generally considered “healthy,” but simply aren’t working for your body.

Additional support for feed transportation is available through the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Feed Transportation Assistance Program.

“When feeding livestock in pens, the manure should be contained and composted,” says Mary Keena, NDSU Extension livestock environmental management specialist also based at the CREC.

“Feeding weed seed-heavy feeds on native rangeland adds both unnecessary seeds and nutrients which can benefit invasive grass species, such as Kentucky bluegrass and smooth brome, the following growing season,” says Miranda Meehan, NDSU Extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist.