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What are Probiotic foods?

Probiotic food is food in which the sugars have been broken down (fermented) by a process which involves lactic acid producing micro-organisms. The type of beneficial bacteria & yeasts involved in this process are known as “Probiotic.” Probiotics are good bacteria and yeasts that are beneficial to our health (do not cause disease). 

Why do we need Probiotic foods?

How frequently can I consume Probiotic food?

Every time we eat meat or take antibiotics, we disrupt the balance in our gut of good and bad bacteria & yeasts. If our bodies do not restore this balance naturally by using pre-biotics, bad bacteria and yeasts can over grow causing our digestive & immune systems to become out of balance (dysbiosis).

 

Some symptoms indicating that this has happened include:

 

  • BLOATING

  • GAS

  • CONSTIPATION

  • ACID REFLUX

  • LOWERED IMMUNE SYSTEM

  • ECZEMA

  • ALLERGIES

  • ACNE

 

By adding probiotic foods into your diet, you are replacing what you've lost which helps your body to get back into sync restoring the balance in your gut of these bacteria and yeasts.

Everyone's body is different and the amount you need totally depends on your body at that moment in time. How your body responds will also be different. It is suggested that if you eat meat regularly, you incorporate fermented foods into your diet everyday before a meal. The amount that you need to take will vary on the product itself and what your body needs. 

How much Probiotic food do I need?

The amount of probiotic foods you take will vary depending on your current gut health and the probiotic food itself.

  • Water Kefir- Recommended daily amount is 4oz

  • Kombucha- Recommended daily amount is 4oz

  • Sauerkraut- Recommended daily is 2Tbsp

  • Goat Milk Kefir- Recommended daily amount is 4oz

  • Goat Milk Yogurt- Recommended daily amount is 200ml

Some people experience "die off" reactions when they first start taking the probiotics. If this happens do not be alarmed, simply reduce the amount you take daily until it goes away, it means that your body is getting rid of the bad bacteria & yeast in your gut and that you SHOULD CONTINUE taking the products.

What are symptoms of "die off" reactions?

  • Bloating

  • Gas

  • Constipation

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Rashes

  • Acne

  • Breaking out in Hives (extreme cases )

  • Dizziness or feeling "Drunk"

  • Feeling light headed

  • Kefir- The best time to have kefir is 15 minutes before a meal

  • Saeurkraut- You can have Saeurkraut at anytime of the day with or before a meal. 

  • Kombucha- The best time to have Kombucha is 15 minutes before a meal.

  • Yogurt- This can be used as a regular yogurt eaten on its own or with fruits/cereal.

When is the best time to consume Probiotic food?
Who can have Probiotic foods?
  • People of all ages from 6 months onwards who have recently taken a course of antibiotics.

  • Babies from 6 months onwards can consume small amounts (1stp a day mixed in with milk) of lacto-fermented foods. Milk kefir is the recommended form for babies who have recently stopped breastfeeding.

  • Persons experiencing symptoms of Candida Albicans.

  • Persons who wish to maintain a healthy gut.

 

Please note that if you have a serious/life threatening illness or are pregnant, you should consult your doctor before taking lacto-fermented foods.

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When should I have Probiotic foods?

It is suggested that if you eat meat regularly, you should incorporate small amounts of fermented foods into your diet every day after or as part of a meal. The amount that you need to take will vary on the product itself and what your body needs. 

 

If you have recently taken a course of antibiotics, or are experiencing symptoms of gut dysbiosis, it is highly suggested that you have small amounts of probiotic foods daily.

Learn more about the benefits of probiotic food and what it can do for you