…In continuation of my last post Are Your Probiotics Effective? Part 1 I now pick up where I left off…..
My 5 Tips for Taking Effective Probiotics:
3. Eat Your Probiotics
When I first began to take probiotics, I would take them in capsule form. I knew nothing about the magical benefits of taking them in the form of fermented or ‘cultured’ foods. So, I would willing fork out $50.00 for my month’s supply.
After a few moths of this, Jake, my then fiance, taught me that although probiotic capsules were great, fermented vegetables contain 100 times more probiotics than a supplement.
A study conducted by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride showed that one serving of fermented vegetables produced by probiotic starter cultures was equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic.
This far superior AND more cost effective probiotic resource was good news to me, I must say!
Fermented vegetables are incredible superfoods for your body. They are powerful chelators (detoxifiers), helping rid your body of heavy metals and toxins.By optimizing your beneficial bacteria, you increase your mineral absorption, prevent obesity and diabetes, lower your risk of cancer, improve your mental health, and prevent acne.
4. Eat a variety of cultured foods
Yes, you will always reap beneficial bacterial from eating lacto-fermented sauerkraut. However, I would encourage you to venture out and try a variety of cultured foods.
The reason? It will to challenge immune system. And your immune system likes a good challenge. Remember, 80 % of your immune actually lives in your gut with an estimated 100 trillion bacteria.
By varying your fermented foods, you seed your gut with many new strains of good bacteria, building a stronger microbiome. My favorite fermented foods include raw cultured veggies (ie. my homemade sauerkraut) , raw organic sheep’s yogurt (which surprisingly doesn’t give me cystic acne along my chin and jawline like pasteurized dairy), and kombucha tea.
5. Take probiotics daily.
Yes, daily. Of course it is important to consistently take them when you are taking antibiotics. However, it is crucial for you to consume probiotic rich foods on a daily basis.
You may have the best probiotics supplements on the market but if you don’t take them regularly, you won’t receive as much benefit.They keep your digestion running smoothly, improve cognitive functioning, keep bad bacteria under control, prevent allergies, and provide support to your immune system.
The ideal good-to-bad bacteria ratio is 85 percent good to 15 percent bad. By taking probiotics daily, you give your body the ammunition to ward off disease.
Recently I have decided to make daily consumption of probiotic foods a top priority. I have struggled with many digestive issues and persistent acne for a number of years now. So far, I have noticed incredible results. My skin is much clearer than usual and I have had less bloating and digestive struggle after meals.
I have sauerkraut at least once a day, typically with dinner, and will enjoy kombucha a couple times a week. My latest obsession is raw organic cultured sheep’s yogurt which is made from locally pasture-raised sheep.
What about you?
Do you struggle with digestion issues or problematic skin? If so, I hope you are now inspired to give fermented vegetables and other cultured foods a try. Start with a small serving (around one teaspoon) if this is your first time as cultured foods are very detoxifying.