I don’t know about you but I never knew that 60-70% of our immune system is in the digestive tract! That’s a huge chunk of our immune power! It makes total sense though because we need some serious defense against all of the crap (pun intended) we eat on a daily basis🙂. If our immune system isn’t working properly then all of those nasty bugs we have living in our gut rear their ugly heads and create illness, constipation, inflammation, and just plain ol’ bad things! If we aren’t always following a clean and green pH balanced diet (aka eating too much sugar, alcohol, animal protein and too little fiber) or you are taking antibiotics, chances are your gut could use a hand.
You’ve probably seen the buzz about probiotics everywhere these days, in everything from yogurt to supplements. Probiotics (which literally means “for life”) are beneficial bacteria that can help restore the balance in your intestines. When you are not eating clean or when you are on medications like antibiotics (which means “against bacteria”) you create an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. By taking probiotics you are giving your body super powers (think She-ra Princess of Power!) to fight off infections and constipation and illness and gives your body an opportunity to glow like the glorious being that you are ;).
Probably the most well-known form of probiotics is in yogurt…and while yogurt does have live and active cultures (probiotics)….it’s not the best way to incorporate them into your diet. I say this because yogurt creates mucus in our bodies which leads to inflammation and imbalance (isn’t that what we’re trying to avoid???) and not to mention the added sugar that is typically in yogurt (bacteria loooooove sugar). The best, most natural forms of probiotics are fermented foods. Kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles. Look for words like “raw” and “lacto-fermented” or “unpasteurized” which all mean that the bacteria haven’t been killed off in the manufacturing process. Try and incorporate these kinds of foods into your diet a couple of times a week to keep those bad bacteria in check!
If you’re like me, I don’t always have sauerkraut just hanging around in my fridge lol….so I just go for the more convenient option of an oral supplement. I take my probiotic every day. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are two of the most well-studied strains and studies suggest that a probiotic with at least a billion live organisms per dose is recommended for best results. Take these once or twice a day depending on your diet and antibiotic use.
So get your cute little butts to the grocery store and stock up on some form of ass-kicking good bacteria and sit back and watch your body get back in balance again🙂.
Peace & Princess of Power, nikki