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Health Spotlight on… Probiotics!

Are you ready to learn more about probiotics? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Yogurt…

Pickles…

Soy sauce…

They seem like completely different foods, right?

Well, they may not taste the same, but they all fall under the umbrella term of… probiotics.

And that’s what today’s edition of Health Spotlight is all about – this group of foods and products that’s incredibly diverse, but actually have a common thread.

Without wasting time, let’s jump right into it…

What Are Probiotics?

different fermented foods

The reason that the foods listed above (and many more) are considered to be probiotic is that they contain living organisms…

And as you might guess, those living organisms are bacteria.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking – aren’t bacteria bad for you?

Here’s the thing. There are tons of different types of bacteria out there, and lots of these have both harmful and healthy strains

Take Escherichia coli for example (or E. coli, for short) – some strains are normally present in your digestive system while others are responsible for cases of food poisoning.

And E. coli is just one of the many bacteria that live in your body and provide beneficial effects, such as producing Vitamin K.

So, we’ve established that probiotics are basically any food with living bacteria. Here’s a small list of probiotic foods that you might be familiar with:

  • Plain Yogurt*
  • Pickles (cucumbers, beets, and many other vegetables)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Kombucha
  • Sauerkraut and Kimchi
  • Tempeh
  • Kvass
  • Brine-Cured Olives
  • Miso

*There’s one important note about yogurt – if you’re buying the sweetened version with fruit or other additives, there’s a good chance it does NOT have any living bacteria, which means it’s technically not a probiotic.

Looking at this list of probiotic foods, you might have noticed something…

Nearly Every Culture Uses Probiotic Foods

pickled vegetables

From Japan to Germany and Bulgaria to Brazil, almost every cuisine on this planet uses probiotics in some shape or form…

Now, there’s a couple historical reasons for this, but the main one is that the process of creating a probiotic extends a food’s shelf life…

Just compare fresh cucumbers with pickles – which one can you still eat after 2-3 months?

Obviously, the pickles…

And that’s what many of our ancestors were doing – simply storing up food for winter or making use of an overabundance of crops coming in at the same time…

And this fermenting process that introduces probiotics was one of the first ways that people found that worked to make sure they had food year-round.

However, what they discovered is that doing this didn’t just preserve their food, but it also did something else…

Probiotics Are Extremely Healthy!

plain yogurt

What happens when you eat a probiotic food is that the beneficial bacteria in your body multiply, creating a number of health advantages that affect nearly every aspect. Probiotics give you…

  • Increased Vitamin B production for more energy
  • Lower inflammation
  • Help you get rid of mood swings
  • Fight against eczema, psoriasis, and other skin issues
  • Reduce overeating for better weight control
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Strengthen your immunity to stave off sickness
  • Better digestive process for breaking down foods and absorbing nutrients

And it’s this last one that I’d like to tell you about in a little more detail…

When you eat probiotics, your entire digestive system is improved, and it starts with butyric acid – a compound that makes your stomach and intestinal lining stronger…

And the end result is that you’ll experience fewer digestion-related symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and more.

In fact, I consider a lack of probiotics and fresh produce to be one of the most common causes of IBS, and one that can be fixed with some simple diet changes.

But if you really want to gain better digestion and enhance the properties of probiotics to the next level, you’ll want to make sure you…

Boost Your Health With PREbiotics

example of prebiotic - garlic

Ok, so you now know about PRObiotics, but what the heck are PREbiotics?

Well, this may sound a little strange, so please bear with me…

Essentially, prebiotics are food compounds high in fiber that your body has difficulty digesting. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as eating a fiber-rich diet is a good idea…

However, what happens is that they pass through your system undigested until they reach your small intestine…

Where they’re fermented by the bacteria in your gut – almost EXACTLY the same process that we use to ferment probiotic food.

Now, imagine that you’ve supercharged your body with probiotics – you’ll be able to digest these prebiotics more efficiently and effectively, absorbing many more nutrients…

And as we all know, getting nutrients from your food is really the whole purpose of eating.

So, what foods are PREbiotic? Typically, they’ll be foods that you eat raw or lightly cooked to get the best possible benefit…

Take a look at this short list of prebiotic foods:

  • Garlic, Onions, and Leeks
  • Endive and Chicory
  • Sunchokes
  • Arugula and Dandelion leaves
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Unripe Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Flax seeds

There are plenty more prebiotics out there and nearly every raw fruit and vegetable will have some prebiotic properties…

So swapping your processed foods with these ingredients will make a world of difference in increasing the power of probiotics…

And it’s something I strongly recommend.

Last but not least, I think it’s hard to have a conversation about probiotics and prebiotics without mentioning this final note…

The Probiotic “FAD”

example of probiotic - pickled cucumbers

You’ve probably noticed that probiotics are a hot topic right now…

Hot in the sense that many people are talking about them and they pop up in health discussions all the time.

As such, they’ve also become a hot product – with lots of manufacturers rushing to produce probiotic foods, snacks, and drinks to cash in on this “trend.”

Now, probiotics is certainly not a trend – as humans, we’ve been consuming them for thousands and thousands of years…

But I urge you not to be fooled by deceptive marketing and flat out falsehoods like…

  • Processed food or snack like a Probiotic Bar may not be as healthy as it seems – be sure to check the label for unnatural ingredients as they mitigate any benefits.
  • Beware of sugar and added sweeteners in kombucha and other drinks. As above, they can do more harm than good, so avoid them.
  • Yogurt with fruit or sweeteners – the sugar in these products lowers the probiotic count dramatically. Always choose plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruits on top.

Fortunately, there are also lots of good probiotics out there and they’re relatively easy to find at grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and other places…

Choose wisely and you’ll advance your health by leaps and bounds!

If you’d want to make sure you’re getting plenty of probiotics, you can also choose to take a dietary supplement like CellGrail’s expert formula, ProBio 7. Click on the button below to find out more…ProBio7 Natural Probiotics Digestion Aid Supplement

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