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Wholistic Livin Blog — gut health

Fermented Foods Are They Your Friend or Foe Right Now?

Fermented Foods Are They Your Friend or Foe Right Now?

Fermented foods contain a wide variety of bacteria and yeasts that can provide many health advantages. Below are my favorite plant based fermented dressings by Cleveland kitchen as well as my Miso soup with optional rice ramen recipe! Microbes in fermented foods, known as probiotics, produce vitamins like K and B’s, hormones involved in metabolic processes like appetite, fat storage, insulin sensitivity, glucose tolerance, as well as short-chain fatty acids. They also increase microbial diversity, and decrease inflammatory proteins. If you do however tend to have gut sensitivities, suspect you may have food sensitivities or intolerances the first step is...


Common Questions About Probiotics Answered

Common Questions About Probiotics Answered

What Are Probiotics?

Commonly known as living bacteria that inhabit our digestive system, “probiotic” literally means promotion of microorganism grown. 

Probiotics and probiotic supplements can include bacteria, bacterial spores, or fungi (yeast).


Different Probiotic Strains Have Different Effect’s: Let’s Take A Look At Some of Them

Different Probiotic Strains Have Different Effect’s: Let’s Take A Look At Some of Them

A glance at Lacto and Bifido Strain Benefits: Lactobacillus acidophilus – Maintains integrity of intestinal walls. Lactobacillus fermentum – Helps neutralize toxic products made during digestion, promotes a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. Lactobacillus rhamnosus – The “travel probiotic“- found to be effective in reducing occurrences of traveler’s diarrhea. Bifidobacteria bifidum – Promotes healthy digestion in both small and large intestines; especially helpful for proper digestion of dairy. Bifidobacteria longum – Helps crowd out bad bacteria, helps neutralize everyday toxins in the gut, breaks down carbohydrates without producing excess gas. Saccharomyces boulardii: a non-pathogenic, transient (non-colonising) yeast, originally...


Dietary Sources Of Probiotics & Probiotic Supplements

Dietary Sources Of Probiotics & Probiotic Supplements

Fermented foods including yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimchi are the most significant sources of dietary probiotics. Fermented foods contain a wide variety of bacteria and yeasts that can provide health advantages, but strain and quantity of probiotics are very hard to determine. Probiotic supplements come in oral, topical, and suppository forms and are made up of bacteria, bacterial spores, or fungi. Probiotic effects are based on certain families and species of bacteria, rather than merely amount or CFU count, according to research. While some probiotics, such as Bacillus coagulans (bacterial spore) and Saccharomyces boulardii (fungus), can be stored at room...


The Benefits of Probiotics

The Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics have been shown to have a number of advantages in studies, including: Digestive health/issues: diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, acid reflux/Gerd, fat metabolism, mineral absorption, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) Immune health/immune-mediated conditions: over 2⁄3 of a human’s immune system lives in the gut Weight management and metabolism Mental health/depression And more! Any statements or products mentioned herein this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.