Have you incorporated probiotics into your diet yet? If not, I highly recommend that you do and after taking them myself, I see that there are so many reasons you need probiotics in your diet.
A few years back I had these awful, sharp stomach pains that would occur like clockwork, right after I ate, no matter what I ate. Unfortunately, I did not know what caused these pains, so you can imagine what a frustrating situation this was. Right around this time, I was also experiencing awful breakouts. My face was a disaster area. As someone who did not suffer from hormone-related teenage acne, this came as quite a shock.
One fine day, I was in my second home Whole Foods, browsing the health and beauty section when a helpful associate offered me a sample of Pearls Probiotics. She told me it would help me clear up my skin. Initially I was a little off-put by this, as I hated when anyone mentioned my face, helpful intentions or not. Reluctantly I accepted the free sample and years later, I am so glad that I did. Not only did the probiotics clear my skin, but they stopped my stomach pains!! Yay! It was a pleasant side effect of something that was meant to clear my skin by balancing my intestinal flora, BUT is it a coincidence that my digestive tract was out of whack around the same time I was experiencing stomach pains and acne? I think not!
Probiotics offer a number of benefits, including:
- Reduces bloating
- Reduces gas
- Prevents stomach cramping
- Regulates bowel movements
- Reduces acne
- Strengthens immune system
- Improves vaginal health
- Reduces chances of allergy occurrence & eczema in children when taken by women during pregnancy & breast feeding
- Improves urinary tract health
- Can help stop diarrhea
- Reduces bad cholesterol
- Lessens tooth decay & gum disease
- Reduces chances of common colds & illness in children
- Reduces upper respiratory infections
- Improves throat, ear, and tonsil health (fewer occurrences of ear infection, strep throat and tonsilitis)
Over the years I have tried different brands and want to share with you my top 2 probiotic supplements that I’ve had excellent digestive and skin related success with:
Contains 14 probiotic strains that are are cryo-protected during the freeze drying process, which protects the bacteria from the harsh stomach acid and safely reach the gastrointestinal tract. This brand does not require refrigeration. Each capsule contains 2 billion microorganisms.
Offering 5 billion probiotics, Pearls Elite is formulated with True Delivery technology that ensures these little probiotic supplements will survive your stomachs harsh acids and arrive to your intestines in tact. This brand does not require refrigeration.
With 12 billion live cultures, Nordic Naturals probiotics do not require refrigeration and is enhanced with prebiotics and help to support immune function.
Some excellent food sources of probiotics include:
- Yogurt (opt for brands that don’t add sugar; some individuals, myself included, do not do well on dairy at all so, full disclosure, I do not eat yogurt or any dairy product for that matter)
- Soy Milk
- Some cheese: Cheddar, swiss, gouda, parmesean (note: cooking kills the good bacteria – consume raw)
- Blue Algae
- Miso Soup
Currently, I use Bio-Kult Probiotics and GT’s Kombucha as my main sources of probiotics.
Do you incorporate probiotics into your diet? Comment below!