Ever hear the saying “Trust Your Gut”? It’s where our intuition stems from inside of us! Ask yourself – Is my gut happy with me? Are you taking a good quality probiotic?
For most people, the mention of probiotics conjures up images of yogurt commercials. To be honest, store bought yogurt simply won’t cut it when it comes to the intensity needed to create a happy environment for your gut! But don’t dismiss the microbes aka the benefits of good stomach flora as a marketing gimmick or food fad. The latest probiotic research suggests that the live-active cultures of these friendly bacteria can help to prevent and treat a wide variety of ailments while keeping your immune system strong. Be sure to add to your routine a high grade probiotic supplement to kick your immunity and digestion back into gear!
The Importance of Probiotics
The word “probiotic” is a compound of two Greek words: “pro,” to signify promotion of and “biotic,” which means life. Their very definition is something that affirms life and health. That’s true even by the modern definition: “A probiotic is any living micro-organism that has a health benefit when ingested.” Probiotics have also been defined as “any viable microbial dietary supplement that beneficially affects the host.” It’s not as creepy as it sounds, I promise! Happy Gut = Happy You!
Organic, fermented foods with the best natural probiotics to boost your stomach flora:
- Kefir (next level yogurt when it comes to probiotics)
- Sauerkraut (raw, organic)
- Miso (cold, fresh paste)
- Pickles (organic)
- Tempeh (great for veggie burgers)
- Kimchi (raw)
- Kombucha tea
When choosing a probiotic supplement, choose one that is natural and organic. I prefer HCP 70 High Potency Probiotic (70 Billion) by Progressive (refrigerated) for its excellent quality and price! HCP70 (Human Colonizing Probiotic, 70 Billion Cells) by Progressive, is a high potency probiotic supplement featuring 6 human strains that implant healthy flora throughout the entire digestive tract. It has also been cryoprotected and a family of stabilizing support nutrients have been added to help ensure the viability of the flora. Our Healthy Living professionals in any of our Pomme locations can assist you when choosing the probiotic that is best for you. Don't forget to keep it in the fridge!
The concept behind the “Happy Gut, Happy Mind” connection is to reestablish and/or maintain the level of healthy bacteria in your gut. 70% of the immune system is said to reside in your gut. Any gut imbalance will inevitably affect your immune system, but also your hormones, your mental health, moods and your metabolism.
Fermented Foods are on the rise and for good reason! Time to give something new a try, your gut will thank you! Fermented foods are delicious and fun to make at home too!
Until next time flora friends!
Trust your Gut! :)