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WTF Are Probiotics? Why You Should Get Down With Some Friendly Bacteria On The Daily.

Published on November 11, 2010 by   ·   1 Comment Pin It

You’ve heard the hype on probiotics.  Why should you make sure they are a regular part of your diet?  Probiotics are body-friendly bacteria that live in the body and help us digest and process food properly. The word probiotic is from the Latin pro, meaning ‘for’ and the Greek bio, meaning ‘life’. Beneficial probiotic fermented foods date back thousands of years, but their microbial derived benefits were not identified and begun being understood until the mid 1900s. In 1953 Werner Kollath first used the word probiotic. He was a German nutritionist in a group of physicians involved in natural medicine. He used the word probiotic to describe a combination of organic and inorganic supplements needed to restore health in malnourished patients, which he believed was caused by too much highly refined food. The following year a like-minded German scientist, Ferdinand Vergin, suggested that antibiotics upset balance in the body, and that health could be restored by proper diet that included probiotics and fermented foods. Since then research has confirmed the efficacy of probiotics and the importance of diet and a healthy lifestyle. Large amounts of bacteria of many kinds exist in our intestines. If they exist in particular balance, they all nurture well-being. Friendly bacteria help maintain a well functioning digestive system, while unfriendly bacteria can produce harmful substances like ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and amines. When conditions foster imbalance and excesses of non-beneficial bacteria, a probiotic supplement of “friendly” beneficial bacteria is amazingly effective. Beneficial bacteria create and maintain balance while producing rejuvenating enzymes; vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12; biotin H; folate B; and phytonutrients as they correct pH and eliminate problem and discomfort causing bacteria. Bifidobacterium longum is the most important beneficial intestinal bacterium. Healthy levels of bifidobacteria are depleted by antibiotics, caffeine, pollution, stress, refined food, excessive alcohol, and aging. And let’s be honest.. we all partake in most of the evils on that list.

ProbioActive 1B Probiotic Supplement by Rainbow Light, $16.95

So what can you eat to make sure you get your daily (vegan!) dose of healthy bacteria?

Eat/ drink one of the foods below once a day;

Kombucha, Miso, Tempeh, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Kim-Chee, and/ or a daily supplement.

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. I just bought two types of probiotics at Whole Foods! One for my toddler and some for the rest of the family. I love that the one for my toddler is an “invisible” powder I can sneak into his water.

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