Wednesday, May 11, 2016

PROBIOTICS - Stocking up on friendly bacteria

Spring is approaching and it is time to focus on optimizing our gut health.
Digestive health is so important for so many systems.
Probiotics are found in fermented foods such as sauerkraut (only those found in the refrigerated section) and yogurt and kefir.
The probiotic bacteria showing the most benefits are lactobacillus strains and bifido bacteria strains. They are found in fermented foods as well as high quality supplements.
Probiotics have been found to affect everything from reducing allergy related symptoms to decreasing the development of brain diseases.

Some other ways these bacteria provide a positive impact on our health.
- Treating infections: Research shows probiotics can compete with disease causing microbes for nutrients.
- Sinusitis and nasal congestion linked to allergies maybe decreased by improved gut bacteria, specifically lactobacillus casei.
- Reducing inflammation: A Gut Microbe study found that probiotics can help to reduce inflammation. This is important as many diseases, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and arthritis have been linked to chronic inflammation.

Choose supplements with labels giving full probiotic names. Most are found in a refrigerated section.
Choose "no sugar added" yogurt that says live cultures on the label.
Choose unpasteurized, unheated fermented foods such as sauerkraut, and kimchi found in refrigerated sections. Heating destroys the probiotics.

Feed your good bacteria to keep them healthy! they love all leafy greens and other vegetables and fruits!!
Need help incorporating foods into your diet for a healthier gut? I would be glad to help.
Contact me through my website or e mail,

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