Probiotics Help You With Your Poop?

Probiotics help you with your poop?

pro·bi·ot·ic
adjective
denoting a substance that stimulates the growth of microorganisms, esp. those with beneficial properties (such as those of the intestinal flora).

noun
a probiotic substance or preparation.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. http://www.onhealth.com/probiotics/article.htm

So how do probiotics help us? It is believed that it aids in balancing our digestive tract or gut by providing the “Good” bacteria that it needs. Poor food choices, stress, lack of sleep, antibiotic overuse (which kills bacteria), other drugs, and environmental influences can create a favorable environment for bad bacteria.

When our gut is healthy, it filters out and eliminates toxins, harmful bacteria, chemicals, and other waste products. http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/preventive-care/probiotic.htm Which causes an ideal environment for the healthy food & nutrients to be absorbed into our body.

So what does all of this mean? Probiotics will help you with your bowl elimination. Probiotics have been proven to ease with constipation, Irritable Bowl Syndrome, and diarrhea caused by antibiotic use. The benefits are temporary, therefore it has been suggested that you add at least one form of probiotic to your diet daily. Below are brief descriptions of probiotic forms:

Miso: Unpasteurized miso contains Lactobacillus bacteria. It’s used as a soup base but also great in sauces, gravies, dips, spreads, dressings and marinades. Don’t boil it because the high temperature will kill it.
Kombucha: Is believed to be an excellent digestive stimulant that contains amino acids and B vitamins. It is a brewed tea that is fermented. It’s sweet and taste like a fruit juice soda.
Kimchi: Lacto fermented cabbage with other vegetables. Lactobacilli fermented vegetables is easier to digest and the vitamin levels are increased. Sauerkraut, Tempeh, and Pickles are also examples of fermented vegetables, with similar benefits to kimchi.
Cultured Dairy Products: they have live bacterial cultures added to the milk. Yogurt, make sure contains “live” “active” cultures on the labeling. Kefir contains more bacterial strains that remain in the digestive system. Kefir taste similar to yogurt drinks and is great to drink alone or add fruits to make a smoothy.

My personal favorite forms of probiotics include kefir, which I will drink 1 cup in the morning or will mix with fruit to make a smoothy. I also enjoy Kombucha because of the sweetness, flavor and similarity to soda.

I encourage you to try all of the probiotics and add them to your diet daily.

Happy pooping!

Au Naturale Living

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