Probiotics are not just a health nut thing anymore. I must confess, years ago, I use to sort of snicker at a lot of stuff that was being pushed in the health food store, I kind of thought, people were just being taken advantage of. That was because I didn't understand.
If you think about how much you spend on health insurance, doctor bills, prescription medicine, and the dreaded surgery and hospital stay, taking precautionary preventive measures for your health now will definitely save you money later, not to mention restoring your health and longevity.
Oh, so you're like I was?
You don't think you're worth it to spend the little extra cash on stuff like fresh fruits and vegetables, (vs frozen or canned), eating organic whenever possible, eating as many superfoods as possible as well as incorporating other special dietary herbs, foods and probiotics, healthy oils, etc? Yes, they do cost more now, but will you spend more now on your health? Or would you rather pay over priced doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical and insurance companies later?
What are probiotics and where do they come from?
Historically, most of our probiotics come from the dirt and food. Tradition shows that throughout the ages people in all cultures ate some sort of fermented foods, without pasteurization on a regular basis. This was done, because the only way to preserve food was to either ferment it or dry it which left some bacteria. Our bodies were good at using this bacteria. However in our modern "germ free" world we clean everything entirely too much, pasteurize everything so that any natural occurring "good bacteria" is stripped out.
Furthermore, if we ate a balanced diet that was always from high quality natural sources without added mega sugars or starches or artificial ingredients we likely wouldn't need to add probiotics into our diet. We would in fact get them from natural sources. Sadly, although more and more people are beginning to make "better" food choices, overall, food availability is still on the lower end of the "healthy" spectrum and is stripped of any naturally occurring probiotics that our body is accustom to. Most people get their groceries from the market instead of from the garden. We all know that farming practices in our modern world tend to strip out nutrients in produce.
Are all probiotics the same? What are the best sources of probiotics?
Basically, a good probiotic source will contain 4 to 6 of these types of bacteria:
You can research each of these to learn more about them.
Some resources for good quality probiotics at reasonable prices:
Vitacost Probiotic 10-20
Jarrow Formulas Ultra Jarro-Dophilus