As I strive to keep my life healthy and chemical free, I keep reading and researching ways to address specific health concerns and maintain gut health. Probiotics and gut health are buzzwords many of you probably hear on the radio, internet and even on TV commercials. What I have found throughout my health research is the strong, undeniable connection between gut health and overall well being.
We try to consume fermented foods on a regular basis to ensure that our gut is populated with beneficial bacteria. I firmly believe health and wellness starts within the gut. Our gut flora is responsible for a healthy immune system, so making sure that beneficial bacteria are abundant and present is something to think about. If you have taken antibiotics, or other prescribed drugs, have a compromised immune system, a regular probiotic regimen may help bring your gut flora back into balance. When you begin to focus on your gut health and probiotic consumption, some benefits you may notice include an increase in healthy micro-flora, relieve abdominal bloating and discomfort, alleviate occasional indigestion and nausea, boost your immune system, promote a normal bowel pattern and support your overall wellness and vitality.
Some options to improve your gut health include adding fermented foods into your daily diet. Suggestions include homemade sauerkraut, homemade yogurt, Kombacha tea, Probiotic Lemonade and even fermented eggs. Various cultures have been fermenting food throughout the centuries. If you want to start simple or you are not a home chef, I suggest starting to take your gut health to the next level with a daily probiotic supplement. Be sure the probiotic supplement you choose is maximum strength and offers a diverse blend of strains to begin immune benefits to target the GI system.
The benefit of using probiotics instead of antibiotics is there are no proven side effects. The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live organisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host.” How is this possible? The probiotics “talk” to your immune system, aiding in your body’s ability to hinder or kill off pathogens. Some examples include helping with antibacterial associated diarrhea, anxiety, colic, constipation, cavities, eczema, reflux and much more.
For those of you who want to get a probiotic boost at home, I have included a recipe for Probiotic Lemonade.
Cheers to your Health!
Juice of 8 -10 lemons
3/4 cup of cane sugar or coconut sugar
1 cup of whey
Filtered water (room temperature)
1 gallon glass jar
Pour cane or coconut sugar into gallon jar, just enough to dissolve the cane or
coconut sugar. Add lemon juice and fill with room temperature filtered water (leave about 1/4 room at the top) and add whey. Cover mixture tightly let sit out on counter for 2 – 3 days. Move to refrigerator after this time period.
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