The Importance of Probiotics
The term “probiotics” is often heard in many different contexts, but I want to provide you with a concrete definition. In probiotics helping the gluten-free diet part 2, you will learn that probiotics are bacteria and yeast that live in our gut and aid in digestion. These are not the same as the “bad bacteria” that lead to illness, but they are actually “good bacteria” that keep us healthy! The body is truly an amazing thing! Adding probiotics to your celiac or gluten-sensitive diet will ensure gut health, which in turn promotes overall health. What is not to love?!
Adding probiotics to your diet could assist with any digestive issues that may be present. Probiotics are known to treat diarrhea caused by viruses, parasites, bad bacteria or antibiotic use. In addition, probiotics also treat irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. According to other research, probiotics can also help with eczema, allergies and colds, mouth health and women issues such as urinary and vaginal health. All this can come from a simple implementation of probiotics into your current diet!
You may be wondering where these “good bacteria” live, and how you can easily incorporate them into your diet. Well, you may be surprised to hear that probiotics are in foods such as yogurt, some dairy products, apple cider vinegar, brine-cured olives and fermented foods, including sauerkraut and pickles. Many of these foods you can make at home for low cost and without added sugar, which benefits both your wallet and your health!
There are also probiotic supplements that you can find, however, they tend to be expensive and may not give your body exactly what it needs. This is a question that you can take to a doctor, or further research online to determine which works best for you and your family’s needs.
The Gluten-Free Diet and Probiotics
With the current gluten-free diet, you are following, adding probiotics will increase the health benefits and number of good bacteria in your system. You can find food that will complement your current gluten-free lifestyle, and have fun developing recipes of your own, or ask me for some fun ideas!
You can even ferment your own foods at home. Even though this may sound like something time-consuming, it may be something fun for the whole family to do together!
Get Back to the Basics
There is a constant concern about the overall health of our society, many of which have stemmed from the number of processed foods we eat. Agriculture has made things easier, as so we no longer are needing to follow our food across the country, but this comes with a price to pay, as obesity rates are on the rise and overall health is affected.
The use of packaging and preservatives to make food have a longer shelf life has only added to this problem, and don’t even get me started on the refined sugar process! It may be delicious, but it is not good for our health.
Working towards more simple and basic eating habits is key to our health. It is time to begin increasing the consumption of foods that increase our gut bacteria and give us energy. Although it may not be as easy and convenient as we would like it to be, a little planning and family teamwork can make this new way of life achievable.
Jennifer Landis is a healthy living blogger, mom, yogi, and tea junkie. She enjoys cooking, reading and watching Doctor Who in her free time. She writes about mindfulness, parenting, and clean eating on her blog, Mindfulness Mama.
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