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Why You Should Take Probiotics

Probiotics, when translated, literally means “for life.” They are living microorganisms—“friendly” or “good” bacteria that, when consumed in sufficient numbers, can provide health benefits that go beyond basic nutrition.

Studies have proven that probiotics can actually help allergies, lower cholesterol, reduce colon cancer, assist constipation, drop blood pressure and help you live longer.

Watch this video for a good overview.

If the doctor puts you or your child on antibiotic- Start probiotics with it to help prevent yeast and other problems.

Food Sources of Probiotics

When buying yogurt or fermented food products, make sure the labels include words such as “live” or “active cultures.”

  • Several  yogurt brands contain probiotics.
  • Kefir is a creamy dairy drink similar to yogurt.
  • Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage)K
  • Kmchi (Korean spicy cabbage)
  • Tempeh (a fermented soybean product)
  • Soy sauce

Supplements

I started with Joel Robbins (author of The Maker’s Diet) brand Garden of Life Primal Defense HSO Probiotics Formula. My nutritionist was impressed with the ingredients.

Read the labels: Do not take a probiotic that does not list the strain and number of live micro-organisms on the package. Also avoid products that do not have an expiration date.

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  1. Melanie says:

    I will look into this! I am a colon cancer survivor and had heard of probiotics, of course, but didn’t know they could be so beneficial. Thanks!

  2. Dianne says:

    Have you ever checked into Dianne Craft’s research and materials? She spoke at our homeschool meeting last night and I was blown away but what she had to say . . . very much along these lines. If you haven’t, go check it out.

    http://www.diannecraft.org

  3. Missy says:

    Have you seen this article in Christian Living magazine? I know of a couple of people who use these products and have had wonderful testimonies of their health being transformed. Probiotics are helpful for the health of the digestive tract, but the supplements mentioned in this article are for total body health rather than just promoting health in one area of the body. I thought you might be interested in the information. I’m not affiliated in any way with the company or their products. I personally know the author of the article and know her to be truthful. She has a wonderful testimony of how these supplements have affected her own health, and we have a mutual friend that has experienced awesome results as well. I thought with the health problems you have experienced you would be interested in reading the information. I hope you find it helpful.

    http://www.gofishproductions.net/title/study_notes_file/292/glyconutrients.pdf

  4. ohvamom says:

    Thank you for this article! I’ve been telling my friends/family about this but really couldn’t explain as well as you have! Thank You!!!
    This has made a difference for me. I wouldn’t go without them!

  5. L2L says:

    very interesting, thanks for sharing

  6. Jay says:

    Great article. I have been taking The Perfect Probiotic for a couple of months now, and I have to say that my stomach has not felt this good in years. I tried other probiotics in the past, but none of them worked as well for me as The Perfect Probiotic. Check out the information on the website http://www.theperfectprobiotic.com and you will learn things that you may not have known. Good luck.

  7. Thank you for the great information!! I am glad that you are doing better! I hope your health continues to improve!!

  8. kristen says:

    Wondering if you use to get large canker sores?I also started taking probiotics for mouth ulcers and they have cleared up and have not recurred! It has been 4 weeks… I used to haveat least 2 at a time-huge, painful canker sores. Dr and dentist couldn’t find a solution.

  9. Maggie Marks says:

    I too have had serious digestive issues and started seeing improvement when I started taking probiotics. I didnt know how it would help Chrons, but I will share your story with my two friends. FYI, I dont take my probotics via yogurt. I take two pills – called Endomune. I hear pills are more potent than yogurt… Love the blog…

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  12. Dawn says:

    So pleased you mentioned that if you or your child is going to be given antibiotics, to also take probiotics.

    Some people don’t realize that antibiotics will kill all the bacteria – whether they be good or bad.

    And others think that if antibiotics are going to kill all the bacteria what is the use of taking probiotics.

    But it is of use. If you can, start the probiotics before you go on to the antibiotics. And don’t take them at the same time. Take the antibiotic and then wait several hours before you take the probiotic.

    Yes, the antibiotic will kill some of your good bacteria but if you do it right you can get through a course without suffering antibiotic associated diarrhea.

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