By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings

Did you know that up to eighty percent of the immune system is in the gut? Hippocrates once said that all diseases begin in the gut 2000 years ago! Pretty impressive huh? Especially since we now know that a small amount of illness are hereditary compared to those that do indeed start in the gut! Therefore, that leaves a huge percentage of diseases that could be significantly improved through proper gut support, and that is where probiotics can play a huge role!

Probiotic food and drinks have been around for thousands of years. In ancient days refrigerators did not exist. Therefore, cultures flourished on the probiotics produced in different foods and drinks as to not have them spoil. Probiotics provide protection for the immune system by supporting optimal gut bacteria. Everyone has gut bacteria, and it is essential to our health that we have a proper ratio of good bacteria versus the bad bacteria. Too much of dysbiotic (harmful bacteria) can wreak havoc by causing disease in the GI tract and in the body. These probiotics foods such as kimchee, sauerkraut, kefir, goat milk, and yogurts have beneficial strains that help support the digestive system by breaking down and eliminating toxins in the body. They also help “stuff” move along so that you do not suffer from constipation. Benefits of probiotics are a stronger immune system (including reducing colds and cases of flu), improved digestion, increased energy from the production of vitamin B12, helps eliminate candida, helps heals leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, and can help weight loss.

Another added benefit outside of the gut is beautiful skin! A lack of probiotics, may be the cause of digestive disorders, candida, autoimmune disease, getting sick with a cold or flu. Want to know if you have a good gut ratio of bacteria? Do you suffer from annoying gut symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation? If you answered yes, you can perform one of our Stool Test Kits and get your gut health back in order!

We suggest stool testing PRIOR to buying a probiotic from a store. There are many ones to chose from and one may be good for one person but not for another. Our stool test will show you exactly which GOOD bacteria’s are in your gut and which ones ares missing!

Just a note: Daiya yogurt is dairy free and gluten free and has probiotics to support your gut! Find it at Sprouts and Whole Foods. Goat yogurt is another good yogurt option for many! 

To check your gut health, click here!

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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.