What are probiotics and why include them into my diet?

Probiotics are live, healthy bacteria that help improve and maintain the health of our guts – and therefore, our overall health.

I think a lot of people don’t realize how important the bacteria in your gut are to your health; from skin issues, bowel disorders, and overall immune health (as our immune system is directly related to our gut) – we can all benefit from a healthy gut.

What do they do?

Adding probiotics into your daily regimen, you can improve your digestion, reduce constipation, improve mineral absorption, reduce formation of cancer causing agents and aid in the regulation of hormone production.

How do they work?

They work by helping to balance your “good” and “bad” bacteria in your body, by crowding out the amount of “bad” bacteria in your system.

Where can I get them?

Food sources: Fermented foods like Sauerkraut, Kefir, Kimchi, Miso, Kombucha tea, etc.

Or probiotic supplements from your local health food store.

Supplementing with probiotics is great, but live fermented foods are always the best option as the enzymes in the fermented foods are still intact and active.

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  1. Hello Caroline
    Really enjoy your posts, this one in particular is very Helpful. To add to this ‘Prebiotics’ are also essential in supporting or ‘feeding’ Probiotics (the good bacteria). Inulin (polysaccharides) are produced in various plants & are a good dietary fiber…Chicory, Agave, Asparagus, Garlic, Leek & Bananas all contain Inulin…Bimuno & Acacia are also Helpful as a Prebiotic.

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