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
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.