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Probiotics, Inflammation, and Kombucha!


There's an elephant in the room! As a society we're sicker than we've ever been, yet we've never spent more money on health care.

But there's one thing science is just starting to get a better understanding of. Its something more and more studies are telling us may just be the reason why we're sicker and heavier than we've ever been. The topic is the health of our gut....

What is Gut Health?

Our bodies are filled with billions and billions of live bacteria. Some of these bacteria are good for us, while other bacteria is bad for us. Gut health is about having a good balance of healthy bacteria in the stomach.

Modern lifestyles have disrupted this balance for the worse. Antibiotics which or course are a crucial weapon in our health care systems, lay waste to the bacteria in our stomachs at the click of a finger. But this is indiscriminate, with the good bacteria being wiped out along with the bad bacteria. Poor diet, stress, smoking and exposure to pollution also negatively affect this balance.

Chronic Inflammation

inflammationInflammation is part of the body’s normal healing response that occurs immediately following tissue damage. Pain, swelling and redness are all indications of inflammation. But as the body heals, this inflammation passes and the body returns to its normal state.

There’s also chronic inflammation, which occurs when the body is constantly under stress from various factors. Live studies suggest that poor gut health can be one of the causes of chronic inflammation. This in turn can have severe health implications such as obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, autoimmune disease and even mental health problems.

Think about that for a moment.... could it be that we could drastically reduce these major health issues through a better diet? One that's conscious of the health of the bacteria in our stomach?


Here's the good news, You can start to fix the balance of good versus bad bacteria in your gut by eating probiotic containing foods. There's a couple of different ways you can go about this. You can go out and pay good money for a probiotic capsule that has a couple of different bacteria in it. But our philosophy is to keep things simple and to get our nutrients from food, rather than a tablet.

sauerkrautIf you go to any farmers market around the country these days, the place is going to be swarming with fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and kombucha. These are all fantastic sources of good bacteria. Natural yoghurts, pickled vegetables and apple cider vinegar are some other great options as well.

All of these foods and drinks naturally contain a huge array of good bacteria that grow through the fermentation process. Variety is important, each of these have different bacteria and like anything you don't want to concentrate your diet on one specific food.

We eat all of these things, our favourites are kimchi as a snack or a side-dish, yoghurt with breakfast, and kombucha as a refreshing fizzy drink. If you're partial to a cold fizzy drink and you haven't tried kombucha before, you've got to give it a try. There's some wonderful flavours available now, its refreshing, low in sugar and great for your gut!

Get Some Culture!

So why not add a bit of culture to your gut by eating some probiotic containing foods today. And if what the scientists are discovering right now is true, it might just save you from the terrible illnesses that are spreading out of control across western societies. Look after your gut!

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