product of the week- probiotics

When I was thinking about what to feature this week I thought of what I use daily, what makes me feel good, and what is accessible to everyone. The answer is, probiotics! I take a probiotic supplement every morning, and it is something I have recommended to several of my family members, and now it is a part of their daily routine as well. I am here to tell you about the different types of probiotics, the benefits, and different probiotic rich foods and drinks.
Probiotics are microorganisms that can be consumed in the form of fermented foods and supplements. When there is an imbalance of bacteria, meaning too much bad bacteria, and not enough good bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract (gut), it can lead to digestive issues, mental fogginess, weight gain, bad skin, or just overall feeling crummy. Probiotics are the good bacteria that help to make sure your gut and digestive system are happy and functioning properly.

The two most common types of probiotics are Bifidiobacteria and Lactobacillius, and there are different strains for each. When you are looking at a bottle of probiotics you are likely to see the Bifidiobacteria and Lactobacillius abbrevated to B. and L. followed by the specific strain name.

Here are some benefits of different strains:
    B. Lactis; Immunity
    B. Longum; Constipation, Brain Function
    B. Bifidum; Immunity, GI Support
    B. Breve; GI Support, Anti Aging

L. Acidophilus; Good for women’s health
    L. Rhamnosus; GI Support, Eczema
    L. Plantarum; Inflammation
    L. Casei; Brain function, Diarrhea

In addition to supplements, there are many foods you can incorporate into your diet to reap the benefits of probiotics. Here are some examples:
  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso
  • Pickles
  • Kombucha 
  • Aged cheeses
  • Tempeh 
  • Sourdough Bread

If you are new to taking probiotics, I would suggest looking for a Daily Probiotic! Whole Foods house brand 365 is a great option. The price might seem steep, but for around 30 dollars you will get a three month supply.

Cheers to a happy gut!

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