Probiotics are the friendly bacteria that populate our digestive tract. The healthy flora in our digestive tract help us to digest food, absorb minerals, eliminate toxins, and ward off viral and bacterial issues. These “good” bacteris are necessary for digestive and intestinal health.
Probiotics tell the immune system that all is well in the body. A build-up of the good bacteria in your intestines will help keep your immune system stronger. Properly balanced gut flora makes the immune system very happy!
Probiotics DO NOT have to be in supplement form. I suggest including fermented foods and drinks into your daily diet. Our favorites are raw sauerkraut, raw cheeses, raw milk kefir, kombucha tea, and Amasai cultured dairy drink. If we happen to not have these available then we supplement with Inner-Eco coconut kefir water probiotic which is in the fridge at Whole Foods. Water kefir has twice as many strains of beneficial bacteria as kombucha .
According to CulturesForHealth.com, water kefir contains ten strains of bacteria and four strains of yeast. While water kefir has a greater variety of bacteria and yeast, kombucha has more enzymes and acids, which are also essential for digestion. So alternating between the two weekly can offer amazing benefits!
Fermented foods and beverages are among the most nutrient-dense foods we can put into our bodies, and the greater the variety of gut microbes, the more balanced state of health we can achieve!
Along with probiotics daily do we need a multivitamin?
In my opinion , YES! Simply because even if you have a sound practically perfect diet you are still not able to get all the vitamins and minerals you should be from the food you are eating. The soil today where our food is grown is depleted often over-farmed and contaminated.
Plus our produce sits in the grocery for a while before we even get it to our table. Many of the precious vitamins and minerals have been lost. Another reason is the SAD (standard American diet) diet is often high in processed foods and lacking in fresh fruit and vegetables which causes vitamin and mineral deficiences often leading to other health concerns and problems. For these reasons I always recommend taking a good whole foods vitamin daily!
Bottom line: Eat Sour stuff and take your vitamins!
Be Well 🙂
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