Why We Eat Bacteria: The Benefits of Probiotics

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When Shana was in high school she was on a couple stomach medications for various issues. Even when we were dating in 2009 it was not uncommon for her to have some pretty intense digestive issues on both ends of the spectrum.  In fact, we have a funny prune juice story from the first time she met my family. I’ll spare you the details.

It wasn’t long after we got married that Shana started ingesting good bacteria, probiotics, to help support healthy digestion. It has had a major impact on her health. We no longer keep prune juice in the house and on the rare occasion she has digestive upset, it’s nothing a drop of essential oil can’t handle.

She believes in probiotics so much she is always recommending them to others.  One of the couples we encouraged to try a probiotic was so pleased with the results, they stopped taking their daily fiber pills. Silas, our baby, has benefited from infant probiotics, which led us to recommend them to a friend. Her baby is no longer struggling with food sensitivity. She is now a probiotic promoter too!

Probiotics are good, living bacteria that benefit your health, especially your digestive system.  They help your stomach break down food and absorb nutrients, but the benefits don’t stop there. Good bacteria in your body actually powers roughly 60% of your immune system! 

Benefits of Probiotics

  • Support gastrointestinal function
  • Help limit harmful bacteria
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Supports healthy skin
  • Improve response to seasonal allergies
  • Alleviate digestive upset
  • Reduce sensitivity to foods
  • Support weight loss goals

Although our body should have plenty of good bacteria, our lifestyle of antibiotics, sugar, and toxic chemicals destroys a healthy bacteria balance in our body.

If you want to increase your intake of good bacteria, look no further than your next meal. Probiotics are found in many foods and even some beverages that are created for this unique purpose.

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Probiotic-Rich Foods

  • Plain unflavored yogurt with no additives
  • Fermented foods such as sauerkraut
  • Kefir water/milk
  • Kombucha tea
  • Apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s Organic)

 

To make sure we are supporting the ecosystem in our gut with good bacteria, our family chooses to use probiotic supplements in addition to eating probiotic-rich foods.  But buyer beware, companies are trying to cash in on the increasing awareness of the benefits of probiotics.  To avoid wasting your money, you need to be on the lookout for a couple of things.

Choose a Good Probiotic

  • Make sure the label says “live and active cultures” instead of “made from active cultures.”
  • Most live probiotics must be kept cold to keep their potency, including during transportation.
  • Look for a CFU count higher than 15 billion.

Personally our family prefers Garden of Life’s RAW probiotics for men and women and the Klaire Labs Infant Formula.

If you have never desires to eat good bacteria, we encourage you to give probiotics a try.

For additional details, checkout Dr. Axe’s extensive post on this subject.

Did you use probiotics?  We would love to hear from you!  Share your experience in the comments below.

Casey Bresnahan
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