I am a huge fan of probiotics and I am constantly looking to improve my gut health. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that improve the digestive system. They are naturally found in human bodies, however taking antibiotics or eating an unhealthy diet can lead to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. Apart from antibiotics sugar, GMO foods, stress and other medications can also destroy good gut bacteria. When the body loses too many good bacteria, taking a probiotic supplement can help to replace them.
Probiotics are commonely used by people who have irritable bowel syndrome, antibiotic-related issues, eczemas, and also by those who are looking to improve oral health and reduce allergies. However anyone can take them, probiotics also improve skin, support the immune system, improve nutrient absorption, help to produce vitamin B12, vitamin k2, assist in weight loss, remove all yeast and fungi and they also create enzymes to destroy harmful bacteria. Probiotics are very safe to take, however some people may experience mild side effects such asn an upset stomach, bloating or gas
I take probiotics daily, as I believe that a healthy gut helps the body to build a strong immune system. I always make sure to take different probiotic species and strains. Depending on the strains they are more beneficial for immunity, digestion, loosing weight or balancing hormones.
Bifidobacterium bifidum supports the production of vitamins in gut and also inhibits harmful bacteria. Lactobacillus bulgaricus is a very powerful probiotics that produces antibiotics, fights harmful bacteria and also neutralises toxins. Lactobacillus rhamnosus helps to improve skin, fight urinary tract infections and also reduces stress hormones.
When taking probiotics I make sure to naturally boost them by eating a lot of fiber. The best fiber that feed the probiotics are soluble fiber, such as chia seeds, oatmeal, sweet potato, beans, and other fruits and vegetables.
Probiotics are sold at most pharmacies, however many different probiotics can be ordered on iHerb. For 5% off your order make sure to use RDD731 at checkout. Most of the probiotics are also shipping savers reducing the shipping costs to as low as 7 dirhams. My top three probiotics are Raw probiotics for women, kefir and Garden of life raw. I also take the freeze-dried purple probiotics made of cabbage, Doctor Best’s probiotics, now foods women probiotics, raw enzymes and Garden of life prenatal probiotics.
When buying probiotics I make sure that they have a high CFU count (colony forming units) is between 15 billion to 100 billion. When only taking one probiotic it’s important to also look for strain diversity with 10-20 different strains.
A great alternative to probiotic supplements are kefir, kombucha and fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi. The later are available at almost any supermarket. If you would like to make your own kefir or kombucha at home, make sure to join the Facebook group UAE fermenters.