Our bodies are filled with bacteria - billions, maybe trillions of them. Some are good while others are not. Under normal circumstances, our body maintains a healthy balance of good and bad yet trouble can arise when the bad bacteria overpower good bacteria, potentially compromising digestion and the immune system. You know the feeling: bad skin, bloating, poor digestion, irregularity, occasional diarrhea. That's when the power of probiotics can help. The root of the word 'probiotic', comes from the Greek word - 'pro' meaning 'promoting' and 'biotic' meaning 'life'. Medications such as antibiotics, poor sleep, stress, lifestyle, diet, disease and even our environment can upset the balance and shift the 'see saw' in favor of the bad bacteria. Taking a probiotic daily is believed to protect us in two ways:
*1. Probiotics promotes good digestion. When your digestive tract is healthy, it filters out and eliminates harmful bacteria, toxins, chemicals and other waste products while also absorbing nutrients from your food and water intake.
*2. Probiotics support the immune system. This is where probiotics are believed to have the biggest impact - helping our immune system stay healthy and vital. Our immune system as you know protects us against bugs and germs. When it is depleted (like coming out of a winter season for you down under friends) this is when we can suffer from allergic reactions, autoimmune disorders, infections and adrenal fatigue. Probiotics to the rescue!
Of late we have been making our own water kefir probiotic and sharing 'the extra kefir grains' with our local clients. It is easy to make, basically live water kefir grains, sugar and dried fruit thrown into a jar with water and slices of lemon. Place it on the kitchen counter top for 48 to 72 hours and then BAM slightly fizzy liquid candy at your disposal. How can you not try it? You can find all there is to know about water kefir and how to make it on these two links. http://nourishedkitchen.com/water-kefir/ or http://www.yemoos.com/mainwaterkefir.html. A huge thanks to my client Lilah who shared her grains and got us started on this lark. Before water kefir we used a probiotic made by Sedona Labs which had 16 strains and cost $32 a pop. Water kefir is way more cost effective AND has over 38 strains - typically Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, Pediococcus and Leuconostoc bacteria with yeasts from Saccharomyces, Candida, Kloeckera and other minor yeasts. Give it a whirl people. Fun and healthy - all in one plus your GI tract and immune system will love you for it!