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If you’re a natural minded mom, chances are you’ve heard of probiotics and how they are are beneficial bacteria for your overall health, specifically your gut health and immune response.
You may also know of prebiotics, which is also a beneficial bacteria, which feed the probiotics and allows them to do their job properly.
Thus, both are needed for the greatest benefit.
But what does this really mean for us?
Here’s a little background information to help make sense of probiotics…
Hippocrates once said “All disease begins in the gut”
Read: Gut health should be the first thing – or some would say the most important thing – which we look to improving when we come across adverse or abnormal symptoms.
Gut health refers to the health of your gastrointestinal system and digestive tract. Your gut uses beneficial bacteria, probiotics, to process the food you eat into energy. Because of this, it’s often considered perhaps the most important area in your overall health to keep track of!
Here are a few fun facts about probiotics:
There are 10x more probiotics than cells in our bodies
The appendix is not useless - it incubates probiotics and releases them when the body is infected
There are more than 100 (known) benefits to taking probiotics
Probiotics produce antibiotics chemicals naturally to fight infection
400 known strains of probiotics live in our bodies
Taking probiotics is often considered more important than a multivitamin. They produce a huge number of vitamins, including vitamns A & K, B-vitamins, and essential fatty acids.
A vaginal birth is our first dose of probiotics. Mother's colostrum - predecessor to breastmilk - is our second, with up to 40% probiotics content.
Probiotics support the body's normal function: they protect us from infection, support metabolism, and promotes healthy digestion and elimination.
If you take probiotics and want to reap the benefits, you MUST take prebiotics as well - the pre- feeds the pro!
Once you decide that supporting your gut health and finding a sufficient source of proiotics and prebiotics is something your family needs to do…. Well, there are a wide array of choices.
Let me help you with that, by sharing more about Regular Girl.
Regular Girl is a synbiotic blend of truly regulating prebiotic fiber and active probiotics. Unlike other fiber that moves through your body too fast or too slow, Regular Girl moves at just the right pace.
Does this sound like something you need? Keep reading for some more information on fiber, probiotics, and beneficial bacteria… Fascinating information for us natural minded mamas and health-centric folk, who love to learn more about how our incredible God-designed bodies work!
How much fiber does my family need?
Adults need up to 38 grams of fiber daily. Toddlers need 19 grams, while school age kids need at least 25. Most of us get just half the recommended amount.
What’s the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber?
Insoluble fiber creates the bulk in your stool. The right form of soluble fiber aids digestion, moderates glucose absorption, lowers cholesterol, increases satiety and feeds your good bacteria. But be careful. Some soluble fibers may lead to excess gas, bloating, or worse, loose stools and diabetes.
What are probiotics and why are they important?
Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria living in your gut. They support immune and digestive health. You probably can’t get enough probiotics in foods to act therapeutically, so it’s often recommended to supplement with active probiotics. But don’t forget that without the proper prebiotic, no amount of supplemental probiotics will help to proliferate the healthy bacteria we consume or that is already in our guts.
How should we care for our beneficial bacteria?
Feed them with prebiotics (soluble fiber). The right form of prebiotic nourish, and stimulate the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria (probiotics). Probiotics are natural present in many foods, such as guar (a type of bean), and artichoke.
Why is guar fiber preferred over other fiber supplements?
Guar fiber helps to normalize both occasional constipation and diarrhea. it also won’t lead to excess gas and bloating, common side effects of other fiber supplements. It’s also 100% gluten free and non GMO.
What else should I look for in a fiber supplement?
Choose one that mixes invisibly in water or other non carbonated beverages without changing the taste, aroma, or texture. If it tastes bad or it has a gritty, gloopy texture, it won’t do you any good because you won’t use it. The best choice is a soluble fiber with added probiotics. They work in harmony to help you achieve a happier, more regulated digestive system.
Have you looked into probiotics and prebiotics for your family’s wellness?
~Katherine at Simple Natural Mama
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