Health Benefits: Probiotics

Probiotics Are What?!

I am sure by now most of you have heard of  Probiotics – this fast growing “trendy” food product is well worth the hype! Here in Los Angeles, it seems like you can’t go an hour without hearing someone mention how they just had a Kombucha … well that is one form of a probiotic. Are you aware of what a probiotic is & why they are so beneficial to your body?

What is a probiotic?

First off, let me explain what a probiotic is and why you should be consuming it! Probiotics are live microorganisms (good bacteria) and yeast that are great for your overall digestive system. Probiotics are highly recommended for people who need help with their gut, but doctors have said that they can be consumed regularly by anyone!! Due to popular demand, when we hear probiotics we often think Kombucha, but there are actually numerous types of probiotics.

A Few Of The Faves:

  • The ever so popular and extremely trendy, Kombucha
    • Fermented Tea
  • Kimchi
    • Fermented Vegetables, usually cabbage
  • Pickles
  • Kefir
  • Unflavored Yogurt
  • Many other fermented food and beverages

Okay guys & gals, ready for a quick Biology lesson – our body has both good and bad bacteria. Our bodies need good bacteria to help fight off infections and strengthen your immune system. Being as Probiotics are good bacteria doctors have begun studies to see if they will help provide us with the same results. The conclusion is they do work the same as the good bacteria our body naturally has in it. Consuming them regularly can help to ward off these pesky issues.

Skincare Benefits:

For those that struggle with acne, there has been great feedback in connection with consuming probiotics regularly! Scientific research has yet to prove this theory correct, but it does make sense since you are cleaning up your gut and getting rid of the excess bad bacteria. You hear it all the time, but it is the truth, eat for your skin!!! Probiotics aren’t anything new, but doctors have not begun research on them until more recently. Just like anything else in life, better to consume in moderation!



Kim Shapira MS, RD


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