Friday, July 25, 2014

Probiotics - When is it Best to Supplement

Everyone knows that probiotics are very important for their gut health. And about half the people know that if you do decide to use antibiotics, you should use probiotics to replenish the good bacteria that the antibiotics wiped away. Otherwise you can get intestinal ailments that can lead to leaky gut, food allergies, gut dysbiosis, and more.

So, what are the best ways to get probiotics? Let me tell you my thoughts.


For example, I was making my own milk kefir, kombucha and water kefir, and fermenting my own cabbage to make my own sauerkraut.

Those homemade ferments have so many trillions of good bacteria in them, waiting to invade your body with goodness!

But... what if... you find out that those actually weren't the best for YOU?

For me, in particular. I found out that I was sensitive to brewer's yeast. Well, there goes my milk kefir, water kefir and kombucha! And because of my thyroid issues I should not be eating so much cabbage as it is a goitrogenic vegetable and is contraindicative in thyroid cases.

So what is best for me is turning to supplementation. And that means finding a good probiotic in pill form.

I received this Advanced Probiotic from Number One Nutrition to review. And so I was ready to try it. But after reading the ingredients I realized it had maltodextrin in it, and I can't ingest maltodextrin without getting sick. Most of the time, maltodextrin has hidden MSG in it, which I am allergic to. My husband doesn't get sick from it, so maybe I will let him try these (although he eats homemade sauerkraut so he may not need to supplement).

But also, maltodextrin can come from a corn source, and if so, it is likely that it is a GMO product. Because I am pro-labeling of GMOs, I cannot recommend a product that doesn't provide its source.

Also, there are only 10 billion CFUs. I take another product with 25 billion CFUs minimum, so that was somewhat of a disappointment.

And I stand firm in my recommendations, and will continue to recommend products that I feel are good for my customers, but be honest about ones that I would hesitate to recommend.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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