Thursday, May 19, 2011

PRObiotics

Probiotics are live friendly organisms that live in our gastro-intestinal track (GI) and help keep the bacterial balance of the gut in check. They occur naturally in cultured milk products such as Kefir and Yoghurt, and can also be taken in supplement form.

Back in the days when I wasn't feeling that great, introducing large amounts of probiotics into my daily supplementation (while on the "CLEAN" program) helped clear out all the bad stuff that was making me feel and look ill.

We all have "good" and "bad" bacteria like yeast in our bodies, but when the leves of the bad guys increase things can get out of control. Yeast is a live organism which feeds on sugar, so if you are either consuming too many refined sugars and simple carbs (candy, bread, pasta, fruit...), or if your insulin leves are messed up due to hormonal imbalance (my case), the little bastards can take over your whole system and wreck havoc causing inflammation, acne, yeast infections, kidney infections and bloating amongst other terrible things.

I still take probiotics every single day and I increase the dosage if my digestion starts acting up.

I tend to rotate brands, here are a few of my favorites:

Jarro-Dophilus EPS:
- Has 5 billion organisms per capsule (the higher in the billions the better).
- Vegetarian.
- No need for refrigeration.

Udo's Choice Adult Blend Probiotics:
- 12 billion organisms per capsule (amazing).
- Must be kept refrigerated.

Metagenics Ultra Flora Plus
- Top of the line, 15 billion live organisms per 1/4 tsp (whoa!).
- Powder form, which is great for adding to your morning smoothy.
- Must be kept refrigerated.

You should be able to find these at Wholefoods, online or in your neighborhood health food store or pharmacy. Your body will thank you for it!

Cheers!
Paola

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Rita said...

Pro Biotics saved my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hands down!