Probiotics, are they right for you? What is a probiotic? I will do my best to answer those questions and more in this post.
First, is a probiotic right for you. I’m not a physician, nor do I play one in real life 🙂 so when in doubt, always consult your physician.
I believe that there are very few people that wouldn’t benefit from more healthy gut bacteria. Read what Harvard Medical School has to say about probiotics. This just scratches the surface.
This leads to the second question. What is a probiotic? Probiotics are healthy living microorganisms that can aid in keeping the unhealthy microorganisms at bay. Consider them your gut soldiers. Their mission, destroy the bad guys and help repopulate your digestive system with the good guys.
If you have ever been on an antibiotic, you may remember your doctor suggesting you take a probiotic or simply eat lots of yogurt. He/she knows that the antibiotic will destroy the healthy bacteria in your gut which can lead to some unwanted side effects.
By far, the one supplement I would never be without is a good quality probiotic. The answer is simple, the immune system starts in the gut and I want to give mine a boost with some good bacteria.
If you want to read the technical jargon about how your digestive system effects your immune health you can get more information here. The long and short of it is that what you put in your body in large part, determines your health.
Most of us grew up hearing, “You are what you eat.” Today we know that is more true than ever. I know for myself, this saying holds true…”Eat like crap, feel like crap.”
There are some wonderful food sources for probiotics if you aren’t inclined to take a supplement or are simply confused by which one to buy.
What do I use? I won’t do brand promotion because I don’t want anyone to think I’ve been paid to say what I’m saying on here. I will tell you, I use a shelf stable probiotic created for women. If you really want to know the specifics, email me.
Eating fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, or even fermented vegetables is another great way to get your probiotics.
Eating a nutritionally dense diet will help you to feel great and increase your resistance to illness. If you enjoy food, as most of us do, why not use it to up your game!!