MEET OUR GUT'S SOLDIERS
Put simply, probiotics are gut infantry. They protect the body, help our immune system fight off harmful substances and tell the body how to respond. Without them, our health is at great risk. Most of us are losing gut soldiers daily and do not know how to replenish them.
Why Are They So Beneficial?
- They help you digest food.
- They help you maintain a healthy weight.
- They can improve brain function.
- They generate vitamins.
- They reduce inflammation in the gut and combat pathogens.
- An imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your gut can contribute to irritable bowel disease.
- They can renew the normal friendly flora that is destroyed by antibiotics.
- They help restore and maintain a healthy, natural balance of flora in the intestinal and vaginal tracts.
- They can help occasional diarrhea by interfere with the growth of pathogens, thereby curtailing the toxins.
- When taken during pregnancy, clinical trials have shown probiotics reduce a child's risk of developing allergies.
Can I Get Probiotics From Foods Instead Of Supplements?Sure you can! However, certain health issues or use of antibiotics may call for a higher amount of bacteria and/or different strains and that will typically require a supplement. Please contact a dietitian, pharmacist or physician for a better understanding of your health and probiotic knowledge.
FOODS THAT CONTAIN PROBIOTICS
- Kefir, plain – this is similar to a drinkable yogurt but with many more live beneficial bacteria
- Miso – popular in Japanese cooking, it is made from fermented rye, beans, rice or barley. Add a tablespoon to soup or hot water and you have a bowl full of lactobacilli and bifidus bacteria.
- Tempeh – fermented soybeans and a substitute for meat or tofu
- Kimchi – Asian form of pickled sauerkraut that can be spicy
- Kombucha Tea – a carbonated like beverage that contains lots of healthy gut bacteria
SHOULD I TAKE PROBIOTICS?
Take this quick quiz to find out if probiotics are right for you.