Natural Probiotic Rich Foods

What Foods Should You Eat for Probiotic Benefits?

healthy couple, healthy diet, lifestyle, wellnessHow about probiotic foods?

This is probably the simplest of these posts.

Probiotics were “discovered” by a researcher in Russia who was puzzled why certain groups of people had such good health. He determined that it was due to the intake of fermented foods, such as yogurt, and began isolating the beneficial bacteria that were responsible.

These foods have been around forever and vary from culture to culture but generally have one thing in common–they are fermented.

This covers yogurts and kefirs, pickles and sauerkraut, the Korean kimchi and fermented tea known as kombucha.

There are such a variety of these foods and so a bit of internet search will help you discover what works and what doesn’t.

However, some cautions, try to avoid fermented products that have been overly cooked, have preservatives or are loaded with sugar. Try to go natural or organic if at all possible and when it comes to yogurts and kefirs there is more benefit to keeping AWAY from the non-fat versions. These are often loaded with sugars, additives, thickeners that interfere with the healthy benefits, and the natural fat can assist in the better assimilation of the beneficial bacteria.

Well, there you have it, Probiotics 101!

PS. Need an oral probiotic? These build a healthy bacteria microbiome in your mouth for improved breath, stronger teeth, combat gum disease and even boost immunity against ear, nose and throat infections. You can buy our oral probiotics here: Advanced Oral Probiotics

Probiotics Supplements

A quick word on probiotic supplements or supplementation

woman, supplement, vitamins, healthy gut, probiotics,While arguably one could rebuild their gut with dietary changes and the introduction of probiotic friendly fibers and foods, the truth is that our modern lives, diets and medicines have stripped our guts of friendly bacteria and encouraged the heavy overgrowth of other bacteria… resulting in some pretty unhealthy guts and people.

There are many reputable companies out there, but here are some simple guidelines in choosing a probiotic supplement:

1. Make sure it is diverse. Your microbiome has quite a complex variety of bacteria, so rebuilding is helped by introducing more than just one or two strains.
2. The bacteria needs to make it into your intestines. This means through the harsh stomach environment. There are processes and encapsulations that assist in this process, so choose a probiotic supplement that is designed to make it into your gut.
3. Many probiotics require refrigeration to preserve the strength of the live bacteria. In this case make sure that the supplement has been stored properly. There are also probiotic supplements that have been specially manufactured for guaranteed potency at room temperature. “LiveBac” is one such process and is the one we use for our oral probiotics. If you can choose such a probiotic then this will be much more convenient and potentially have a stronger potency.
4. If you have the time, take a moment to research each strain. It’s pretty easy to Google and to get an idea of what each strain is best known for.

Finally, realize that rebuilding a gut could take months, so stick with it. Sometimes, when guts are truly deficient, there can be initial stomach upset and such. Use your judgment and perhaps cut back but do realize that this is a live process and can take time.

As a note: our oral probiotics have SEVEN strains of beneficial bacteria to provide a broader spectrum of benefits, they are manufactured using the LIVEBAC process for longer shelf life, ease of use and guaranteed potency PLUS they are engineered for enhanced adherence to assist in the process of “breaking in” to the microbiomes and biofilms in your mouth.

You can buy our oral probiotics here: Advanced Oral Probiotics

Getting Rolling on Building a Healthy Gut

Now a Word about the Next Step in Building a Healthy Gut

healthy lifestyle, healthy girl, smiling girl, probiotics, dietThe dreaded “D” word, DIET… yes, we know the first three letters spell DIE but seriously!

This is not an all encompassing diet post but there are some very simple and very easy steps to help build a healthy canvas for your microbiome to flourish. Doing these steps will help the supplements that you take, and the probiotic rich foods that you eat, have a real boost in establishing that healthy microbiome you need for a healthy life.

First, unless medically required (IMPORTANT), do try to cut back on antibiotic and germicide products… including mouthwashes, cleansers and such. If you don’t really and truly need them then they are doing you more harm than good.

Next, probiotics in your gut LOVE fiber. You can Google “prebiotics” for more information, but there are great fiber foods (asparagus, garlic, leeks, bananas to name a few) that provide fiber that probiotics THRIVE on. You should add these to your diet and perhaps even consider a prebiotic supplement.

Finally, try to limit sugars, simple carbohydrates and difficult food additive that one cannot even pronounce. Fruit juices, sugary yogurts and cereals, white bread… you know the culprits. If you can’t eliminate them, try your best to make them treats and not daily buddies.

The last step will help establish a more balanced environment for the probiotics to flourish… plus you might even be pleased when you step on the scale!

Probiotics 101, is a great gut possible?

Building a Healthy Gut with Probiotics

Probiotics, word cloud, healthy living, eating wellMore and more news about probiotics is generated daily, in fact around the globe probiotic supplements are at the top of the field for some years now.

While these supplements for your gut are certainly beneficial there is a lot you can do for your intestine outside of taking a supplement.

The basic fact is that you are aiming to build up your microbiome.

What is the microbiome, you might ask? Simple answer is the complex bacterial environment where these little microorganisms gather, live and interact… a true example of the whole being more than the sum of the parts.

In your intestines you have such a microbiome and it is a CRITICAL player in the game of staying alive and being healthy. It plays a big role in just about every key function, from emotional health to digestive/nutritional processes to immunity and more. When it is functioning well, in a balanced and active state, then your chances of good health, high energy and even good mood are greatly enhanced.

When it is in a poor shape then all sorts of problems ensue and the stage is set for all kinds of health issues.

So, keeping it in good shape is important!

See our next post for more information!

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