Consistency is key. There are so many areas of life that benefit from a routine. But your overall health is at the top of the list. There isn’t a one size fits all solution to health, but adding a daily probiotic to your diet is a simple, effective (and delicious, if done well) way to manage your gut, mental and overall health.*
What are probiotics?
Did you know our bodies constantly have both good and bad bacteria in them—and a lot of them? Some studies have estimated that there are anywhere from 39-300 trillion bacteria living inside of you. Probiotics are the good, live bacteria and yeasts that naturally occur in our bodies. When we get sick or get an infection, it causes an increase in our system’s bad bacteria. Increasing our intake of probiotics can help to increase the level of good bacteria, restoring balance to our system. While largely associated with gut health (found in the large intestine), probiotics are also found in the mouth, urinary tract, skin and lungs.
What are the pros of probiotics?
Good bacteria help to keep you healthy by supporting your immune function and controlling inflammation. They can also help your body digest food, keep bad bacteria from getting out of control and making you sick, create vitamins, help support the cells that line your gut to prevent bad bacteria from leaking into your blood, and break down and absorb medications.
Balancing the bad bacteria with good bacteria (probiotics) helps your body to maintain a proper level of gut health. A healthy gut promotes good mental health, stabilizes energy levels, helps your immune system fight off infections, and promotes a healthy nervous system.
While the science is inconclusive at this time, and everyone’s natural makeup of good and bad bacteria is unique, increasing the amount of probiotics in your body may also help treat the following conditions:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Yeast infections
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Urinary tract infections
- Lactose intolerance
- Gum disease
- Upper respiratory infections, including the common cold
How can you increase your intake of probiotics?
You can increase your intake of probiotics through drinks and foods that are rich in probiotics, and by taking probiotic supplements.
Probiotic-rich foods are those prepared by bacterial fermentation, including yogurt, buttermilk, kefir, kombucha, tempeh, fermented pickles, kimchi, and sauerkraut, to name a few. And while adding probiotic-rich foods into your diet isn’t a bad idea, remember, balance is key! Adding too much of just one food can prevent your body from enjoying the benefits of other foods.
Don’t like fermented pickles or sauerkraut? No problem! Our Norm’s Farms Organic Elderberry Gummies with Probiotics is an easy and delicious way to get probiotics into your and your family’s diet. They’re filled with immune-boosting nutrients like elderberry and zinc while offering the good probiotics you need for optimal gut health.
You can find high-quality and delicious probiotic supplements to support your gut health and immune system from Norm’s Farms online or in a store near you.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.