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Probiotics

If probiotics aren’t something you incorporate into your daily routine, I hope that by after reading this you’ll have a better understanding as to why probiotics are so necessary for our bodies to stay healthy.

Our bodies are comprised of trillions of bacteria, many providing health benefits to the body. These bacteria are unique to each individual and help make up an internal ecosystem, otherwise known as our microbiome. Our microbiome is actually what helps to determine our DNA and continues to evolve as we age. Environmental factors like the foods we eat, how much sleep we get, the amount of stress we’re under, and antibiotics all play a huge role in shaping our microbiome.

The way we live today is far beyond how our ancestors lived, and the result is a less diverse, disrupted microbiome. When comparing modern day living with the typical American lifestyle, it’s obvious that Americans eat a highly-processed diet, are more stressed, spend less time outside and are exposed to more harmful factors like antibiotics, added sugars and chemicals. These not-so-healthy behaviors can lead to a variety of diseases.

One way to keep our microbiome functioning properly is to create a balanced environment of bacteria, or symbiosis (the balance of gut flora should be approximately 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria). We can do this by supplying our bodies with more beneficial bacteria called probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria that line the digestive tract, keep the gut healthy and help with digestion and immune function. It’s no wonder why probiotics play a critical role in immune function– nearly 80% of the immune system lies within the gut!! They lend a helping hand in restoring balance to our microbiome, and in turn keeping us healthy.

Gut Disruptors
As I mentioned above, antibiotics, sugars and chemicals are big disruptors of the gut microbiome. Instead of turning to natural remedies our society largely turns to antibiotics to combat sickness and disease, which is a big killer of gut bacteria. Not only does it kill off the bad bacteria it also removes the good, which is why it’s recommended to take probiotics during a course of antibiotics. In addition to prescription antibiotics, many of us are ingesting antibiotics through our food without even realizing it. Livestock and cattle are commonly given antibiotics to treat diseases and infections like humans, prevent sickness in the first place, and to help promote growth, thereby reducing feed needed to help the animals grow while increasing producers’ profit. According to the FDA, 80% of all antibiotics used in the United States are fed to farm animals. To avoid consuming meat, livestock, eggs and dairy that have been treated with antibiotics, make sure to look for certified organic products since Federal standards prohibit antibiotic use in these products.

Antibiotics aren’t always bad, they do have their place with certain bacterial infections. The problem is that they’re overly used and create antibiotic resistance. With every course of antibiotics taken (or food ingested that was given antibiotics), we increase the chance of antibiotic resistance making it harder to treat future infections.

Probiotic-Rich Foods
It’s important to eat a variety of probiotic-rich foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kefir, or miso. Look for the terms “active cultures” or “contains live cultures” on the product label. It’s hard to obtain all of the healthy amount of probiotics through diet alone, which is why I always suggest to take a probiotic supplement daily.

Recommended Supplement
I’ve been taking Silver Fern Brand Ultimate Probiotic for the past two months and have been really enjoying it. Taking this supplement daily, along with dramatically switching up my diet– removing my food intolerances found from taking the Pinnertest (kidney beans, beef, barley and cow’s milk), removing soy and protein powders, and reducing chickpeas, cauliflower and broccoli– I have felt better than I have in about 4-5 years in terms of digestive issues.

SilverFern Ultimate Probiotic

 

One major thing to consider when choosing a good probiotic supplement is the delivery method because up to 95% of probiotics on the market do NOT make it to the intestines alive, therefore having no benefit to you at all. Silver Fern Brand is survivability verified by Sun Genomics, a 3rd Party Independent Lab, and even acidifies the digestive tract to support the growth of good bacteria.

Silver Fern Brand includes 5 strains:

  • Bacillus substilis HU58: Reduces gut inflammation. It’s also been shown to digest dietary starches into short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) such as butyrate, propionate, and acetate, which specific SCFAs may reduce the risk of developing gastrointestinal disorders, cancer and cardiovascular disease. (source)
  • Bacillus coagulans: Strengthens immunity by enhancing T-cell response (source)
  • Bacillus clausii: Strengthens intestinal lining with protective mucous (source)
  • Saccharomyces boulardii: Reduces gut inflammation by interfering with inflammatory cellular pathways (source)
  • Pediococcus acidilactici: Strengthens intestinal lining by adhering to epithelial cells and is very resistant to destruction by stomach acids (source)

Other Benefits to Silver Fern Brand Ultimate Probiotic: improves digestion and food tolerance, reduces gas, bloating and digestive discomfort, aids in recovery of flora after antibiotic use, supports nutrient absorption, reduces inflammation, improves favorable immune response and supports the reduction of allergies and asthma, and improves regularity of bowel movements. The capsules don’t need to be refrigerated and should be stable for over 2+ years.

This brand of probiotic also contains a prebiotic (food for the good bacteria), to help activate the probiotic bacteria in the intestines. I would truly recommend it for anyone searching for a great probiotic supplement!

Click here to head to Silver Fern Brand’s website.

References:
https://www.hyperbiotics.com/blogs/recent-articles/84034310-understanding-probiotics-and-the-human-microbiome
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ben/cdm/2009/00000010/00000001/art00008
http://www.sustainabletable.org/257/antibiotics

 


 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    mel
    March 25, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Is there a particular reason you removed or reduced soy and protein powders, chickpeas, cauliflower, and broccoli from your diet?

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      March 27, 2017 at 12:32 am

      I noticed they were giving me a great deal of stomach issues– bloating, gas, stomach aches, etc. and when I removed those foods I immediately felt so much better!

  • Reply
    Aimee
    March 27, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    How can I make sure my children are receiving probiotics?

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      April 4, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      You can make sure their diets include fermented veggies like saurkraut and kimchi, greek yogurt, probiotic coconut yogurt, and prebiotic-rich foods (foods that feed the good gut bacteria) such as underripe bananas, chicory root, avocado, garlic, onions, and cocoa.

  • Reply
    Renee
    May 17, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Do you take the recommended dosage for these specific probiotics? I read reviews that stated only taking one per day worked better for some.

    • Reply
      Rachael Devaux
      June 1, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Yes, I take both capsules each day!

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