Could your gut be a host for bad bacteria and yeast that can cause symptoms of illness and disease? The good news is, you can heal your gut naturally with probiotics – the good bacteria and yeast that give your body the “get up and go” that it needs.
Have you been hearing the word “probiotics ” mentioned a lot lately in the media? Or maybe you’ve seen “active cultures” printed on your yogurt containers? If not, you soon will, as Western culture is catching on to what the East, and particularly Japan, has known for years: probiotics – also known as good bacteria and friendly yeast, are essential to a your digestive health.
Believe it or not, your digestive tract is loaded with bacteria and yeast, some of which promote good health and others that can compromise your health. The balance of the “good guys” and “bad guys” determine how healthy you are, how energized you feel and how youthful you look.
The good bacteria and yeast are called “probiotics, ” literally meaning, “for life.” There is some debate amongst experts on how to define these microscopic wonder bugs, but probiotics are widely described as organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and yeasts that support the strength and balance of the intestinal tract. You may also hear them referred to as "friendly" or “good” bacterium and yeasts. When ingested, probiotics work to keep illness and disease at bay.
The most common bacteria strains that live in your gut are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These are broken down into different species like Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus) and Bifidobacterium bifidus (B. bifidus), which are broken down even further by different strains. There are also good yeasts, such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces boulardii, which help maintain your digestive health.
Now, in life everything must balance, right? So, as long as there are good bugs, there are also bad bugs. And no, we’re not talking about those pesky summertime mosquitoes or the fleas your dog brings home! When you have poor digestive health from stress, toxins, long term antibiotic use or a poor diet, you make your gut less inviting for good bacteria and yeast, opening the door for the bad guys, like parasites and candida.
Trust us, if you keep your good bacteria happy, you are more likely to feel healthy, strong and youthful.
Probiotics can help your body by:
In order to sustain a healthy digestive system and not serve as a host for the bad guys, like candida and parasites -- feed your good bacteria and yeast what they need to stay alive. After all, when the good guys thrive, YOU thrive!
Here’s What Helps The Good Guys Thrive
Healthy food and healthy habits are what the good bacteria and yeast crave. Here are some tips to make them thrive:
Are you constantly on the go and don’t have time to ferment your own kefir or vegetables? Innergy Biotic and Coco-Biotic by Body Ecology are two easy, delicious ways to get your daily doses of probiotics without missing a beat. Try them today!
Probiotic supplements have become a multi-million dollar industry, opening the door for many companies that just want to “get in on the game.” This results in mediocre or even poor quality products flooding the market. Additionally, many companies fail to identify the strain or strains of bacteria in their products, making it impossible for consumers to check
out whether the bacteria has been clinically studied and proven effective. Worse yet, it has been discovered by researchers that some products fail to contain the bacteria listed on the label, or that the bacteria are not “live” and therefore useless. Bottom line: if you choose to supplement with probiotic pills, be sure to find a company you can trust and dose appropriately. Dosing recommendations will vary depending on the number of live culture units in the brand you buy, so follow the directions on the bottle.
If you want to be 100% confident that you’re getting loads of quality probiotics, then supplementing with fermented foods and drinks is the only way to go! Raw cultured vegetables, young coconut kefir and milk kefir can be made very easily and are much more cost effective than supplementing with the pill form. Should you find that you’re unable to tolerate milk kefir, all is not lost! Just stick with young coconut kefir and avoid dairy until your inner ecosystem has healed.
If you decide to take probiotic supplements that contain L. bifidus or L. salivarius, they will have a far better chance of colonizing inside your gut when combined with probiotic foods. The probiotics in fermented foods are far more powerful than those in supplements, and they help create an environment where these more fragile bacteria can survive.
If the thought of spending time in the kitchen stresses you out, then go for probiotic liquids and check out companies such as Rejuvenative Foods or contact a Certified Body Ecology coach for high quality cultured vegetables.
Regardless of which method you choose, you may notice your body going through some changes when you start your probiotic routine, most commonly due to the “die off” of the bad bugs. It’s important to listen to your body during this time, and wise to start very slowly when introducing the healthy microflora.
"Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have."
— Steven Wright
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