This is a supplement that is being seen a great deal, these days, and I must say, for good reason. The quality of our nourishment, from soil to food is lacking. Too many chemicals forced onto our precious lands and crops, and too much processed, packaged foods are ruining the gut flora (digestive state) of our health.
What are they? Probiotics are live microorganisms that are the same as or similar to microorganisms found naturally in the human body. The body, especially the lower gastrointestinal tract (the gut), contains a complex and diverse community of bacteria. Although we tend to think of bacteria as bad or harmful germs, many bacteria actually help protect us and play an active part in helping the body to function properly.
Prebiotics are a type of fiber component found in foods that feed our gut bacteria. Sources: bananas, beans, onions, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, apple skins, chicory root.
Probiotics & prebiotics play a huge role in helping our digestive and immune systems to thrive! If you do not a a clean wholesome diet (be honest- do you consume refined processed foods on a daily basis?), you may want to consider a more whole foods/plant based diet, along with a quality probiotic supplement.
Here are 5 Things to Know About Probiotics:
Health Benefits: There is some evidence that probiotics may be helpful for digestive issues, immune system support, and skin issues, especially atopic eczema (a skin condition most commonly seen in infants).
Count: Although some probiotic formulations have shown promise in research, strong scientific evidence shows that a multi-strain quality probiotic should be 25 billion count or higher, and be refrigerated for preservation of the live cultures.
Safe: Studies suggest that probiotics have few side effects. The most significant effect is for the digestive system to be introduced and adjusted to the probiotics. An overconsumption could cause an upset stomach or lose stools.
Food Sources: Probiotics can be found in foods naturally, particularly yogurt, Kefir, goat’s milk or cheese, sauerkraut, and other fermented vegetables. Check out the Overnight Superfood Cup Recipe (in next post)!
Supplement: If you feel as though your immune system or digestive system is suppressed or compromised, perhaps a probiotic supplement would be wise to try! Here are a few that I take faithfully:
- Garden of Life RAW Probiotics Ultimate Care 100 billion CFU - 30 Vegetarian Caps (mega potent): https://bit.ly/32urEuf
- MegaFood MegaFlora with Turmeric 50 billion - 90 Caps: https://bit.ly/2nVZE3o
How do you get probiotics into your diet?