Getting to Know Probiotics

By now, you have likely heard of probiotics and all the amazing things they do for our bodies. Though they are relatively new in mainstream nutrition and medicine, probiotics have shown their worth in the wellness world and display promising potential for therapeutic use in the medical setting. As a dietitian, I recommend them to almost all of my clients.

Throughout this blog, we will explore just how powerful and complex these microorganisms can be and the mechanisms behind their seemingly magical powers. We will also report on new findings that are discovered along the way because like all things in science, each new study can reveal something novel and exciting.

While supplements for probiotics are available, we should really try to get the most from our food and only turn to supplements as a last resort. The goal for each meal should be to simultaneously keep our palates happy and our bodies healthy. That is why we will also use this platform to feature delicious recipes that use probiotics in interesting and exciting ways. (Hint: Kombucha is going to be a key ingredient!)

But before we start, let’s go over the basic facts about probiotics. So here are some “did you knows” that will bring you up to speed.

Did you know that….

  • Probiotics are the live “good” bacteria that live in our gut
  • Probiotics help eradicate harmful bacteria in the body
  • Probiotics feed off of indigestible fibers called prebiotics
  • Probiotics can help improve GI issues and improve digestion regularity
  • Probiotics have anti-inflammatory effects on the body and can, therefore, help manage symptoms of certain autoimmune diseases
  • Probiotics have been shown to help prevent certain cancers
  • Probiotics have been shown to improve brain and mental health through a biological pathway called the “gut-brain axis”
  • Probiotics can actually produce vitamins for our bodies
  • Probiotics are very fragile and can only survive in environments that have the right temperature and pH (acid-base balance)
  • To ensure that probiotic colonies are sustained, it is necessary to have continuous probiotic intake either by food, beverages, or supplements
  • Probiotics can be found in fermented and cultured foods and beverages, such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, tempeh, and of course, kombucha

We here at The Bu are looking forward to continuing this dialogue about all things probiotics and kombucha!

Allison Gross, MS, RDN, CDN
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