By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
What are Probiotics? Probiotics are beneficial bacteria. Having a sufficient amount of beneficial bacteria aka “the good bacteria” will support good gut health. Considering that our bodies have more bacteria than cells, you want to make sure that you have a good bacteria balance or you could end up with some unsettling symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Probiotics are the ones that fight against the harmful bacteria in your gut to keep you healthy, if you do not have enough of the good guys then eventually the bad ones may take over, and that means your immune system can be compromised.
More and more folks are becoming concerned about what they are feeding their bodies lately, probably more than ever before. The very first area to support through food is your gut and that can be easily done by consuming probiotic rich foods. Probioitics come in supplement form (capsules, powders, and chewable’s). They also come from food which you can make own your own.
5 Best Natural Food Sources of Probiotics
1. My favorite one is a Yogurt drink such as Kefir, Laban, Lassi, or Ayran. These can be sweet or salty depending on your preference.
2. Growing up we put sauerkraut on almost everything and it is one of my favorite foods!.Sauerkraut can go on hot dogs, sausage, burgers, meatballs or enjoyed alongside or mixed in with healthy veggies. Just make sure you are buying one that has been Lacto- fermented because that is how probiotics are produced.
3. Kombucha is another great source of natural source of probiotics and can come in a variety of great flavors, plus it is easy to find in your local grocery store and health food stores.
4. Water Kefir is great because it is like a healthy soda drink full of probiotics and low in sugars. Water kefir is probably one of the easiest ways to get good probiotics besides yogurt. This is also easy to make, and you can use coconut water which is very hydrating.
5. Feeling “spicy?” If so, then you may want to give Kim Chee a try! It is a staple in Korean food and will add some heat to your cuisine.
Probiotics have been used by cultures all over the world for centuries. It is time to get back to basics that heal our gut.
If you have experienced adverse digestive symptoms such as these, you may want to try adding food sources of probiotics to your daily diet.
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Ulcerative Colitis
• Crohn’s disease
• gas and bloating
• acid reflux
• constant hunger
• lack of appetite
• weight gain or weight loss
• stomach aches and pains
• undigested food
• inability to do normal activities for fear of GI distress symptoms
Another way to help support optimal gut health is to do a comprehensive stool test to show you exactly what is in your gut. Our analysis will identify the good, and bad bacteria levels, yeast, parasites and the comprehensive stool test will also look at colon inflammation, leaky gut and enzyme needs. With every stool test order, you will receive a protocol to help you take back your gut health. Probiotics and our Stool test may be just what your belly has been needing to get back on track! Salud! To health!
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Medical disclaimer: Our Stool test kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.