What is a probiotic?
You don’t necessarily need probiotics — a type of “good” bacteria — to be healthy. However, these microorganisms may help with digestion and offer protection from harmful bacteria, just as the existing “good” bacteria in your body already do.
Probiotics consist of two parts. Pre and Pro. Prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for probiotics. When probiotics and prebiotics are combined, they form a synbiotic. Fermented dairy products, such as yogurt and kefir, are considered synbiotic because they contain live bacteria and the fuel they need to thrive. The history of probiotics can be traced back to the first use of cheese and fermented products, that were well known to the Greeks and Romans who recommended their consumption. The fermentation of dairy foods represents one of the oldest techniques for food preservation. The first commercially sold dairy-based probiotic was Yakult, a fermented milk with added Lactobacillus casei Shirota, in 1935. Since then, many more probiotic foods have come on the market, mostly in the form of dairy products. Recently, non-dairy and non-fermented probiotics have been produced, including breakfast cereal and snack bars, whereas other probiotic products include kefir, yogurt, kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut and other fermented foods and beverages.
Probiotics are found in foods such as yogurt, while prebiotics are found in whole grains, bananas, onions, garlic, honey and artichokes. In addition, probiotics and prebiotics are added to some foods and available as dietary supplements. Probiotics benefit their host( us..you and me) by modifying the intestinal environment by producing or allowing the growth of “friendly” bacteria. Promoting and restoring digestive balance. Also, experts say that the increased number of beneficial bacteria in the gut aids in the body’s defense against the attack of the pathogens or “bad” bacteria.
Although more research is needed, there’s encouraging evidence that probiotics may help.
Using probiotics could help alleviate the symptoms of allergies, researchers have found.
Treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics
Prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections
Treat irritable bowel syndrome
Speed treatment of certain intestinal infections
Prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu
Side effects are rare, and most healthy adults can safely add foods that contain prebiotics and probiotics to their diets. If you’re considering taking supplements, check out this source of probiotic…..Kombucha
What is Kombucha?
Remember those great things we were just talking about, Probiotics? Kombucha contains millions of them in every serving. In addition, a research study published in the journal “Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” showed that kombucha may improve blood sugar control and cholesterol levels, making it a possible strategy to treat and prevent diabetes and heart disease. By definition, it is a sweetened tea that is fermented with a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to become a nutrient-rich, low-sugar beverage. The fermentation process takes 7-12 days depending on temperature and the strength of the SCOBY and the over 90% of the sugar is used up in this process. This process is similar to what would happen in sourdough bread or milk/water kefir.
I recently, about a year ago, got introduced to Probiotics and Kombachu thru a “farmers market” type of place. High Country Kombucha had a booth set up. Explained all about their organic, non-GMO beverage. The samples were great. I took 6 bottles, of different flavors, home with me and drank them over the course of 2 weeks. I enjoyed them so much, I ended up taking a nice drive into the Colorado Mountains and toured the manufacturing facilities. Cool place! I got too see, close up, all the organic ingredients and the live, growing culture. There are some great uses for the kombachu products and byproducts.
“Kombucha contains high levels of antioxidants, b-vitamins, probiotics and glucaric acid. It has been reported to have a variety of health benefits including:
- liver detoxification
- improved pancreas function
- increased energy
- better digestion
- improved mood (helps with anxiety/depression)
- kills Candida (yeast)
- helps nutrient assimilation”
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High Country Kombucha is a pure, authentic, living, probiotic beverage. High Country Kombucha is an certified organic, Non-GMO source of healthy living cultures.
You can even use the beverage to start your own kombucha culture!
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