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Probiotic pills and supplements provide the friendly bacteria that live in and on our bodies.
Steven Horne, an expert in natural health, developed a Questionnaire on when to take probiotics. He also gave a very interesting talk on probiotic pills and supplements recently.
He said that we actually have 400-500 strains of bacteria and fungus in our bodies.
Friendly bacteria is actually good for us. In fact by definition, the word "Pro" means "For" and "Biotic" means "Life" so the actual definition of probiotic means "for life".
In contrast, the definition of "anti" means "against". So the word "antibiotic" means "against life".
Not all bacteria is bad.
In the soil, bacteria breaks down minerals making them available for the plants to absorb.
That's one of the reasons organic produce has more nutritional value.
Chemicals used in modern agriculture farming these days renders the soil sterile which results in a less nutrient dense plant.
Probiotics are finally getting the recognition they deserve. You even see them advertised on television!
Friendly bacteria in our intestinal tract can be damaged by the following:
If you consume any of the above you'll want to repopulate your intestinal tract with foods that contain probiotics like yogurt, kefir, cultured foods or probiotic pills and supplements.
For more specific information on how to take probiotics, click here.
Sugars and starches tend to feed the yeast and give it an advantage for overgrowth in your intestinal tract. Try to avoid the following:
If you don't eat foods that contain probiotics, like cultured dairy foods such as yogurt or kefir, or fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut (made with live cultures) you'll want to take a probiotic supplement.
Probiotics have no side effects or dangerous warnings. They are a mildly sweet taste and they are safe for infants and children.
If you are prone to catching everything that comes around, try taking a good probiotic supplement and see how much stronger your immunity will become..
There are many brands on the market. I would suggest going to a health food store and ask for a recommendation. I think you can find the brand Culturelle at most larger supermarkets.
I used to take probiotics daily until I learned how to make milk kefir, fermented vegetables and kombucha. Now I have a glass of milk kefir for breakfast, a glass of kombucha with lunch and a few tablespoons of fermented vegetables or sauerkraut with dinner