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It’s also wise to do a little digging into your probiotic of choice. Not every option has the same quality or the same function
Probiotics are actually live microorganisms, bacteria and yeast to be exact, but they are not the harmful kind that cause disease. They are actually the opposite. These bacteria already live in your body, and they help it function the way it was intended. Healthy bacteria are found in many areas of the body, but most often we hear about probiotics and gut health. That is because they are prevalent in the intestines and are used in breaking down food, attacking dangerous microorganisms and converting nutrients to be used in our systems.
Though probiotics can be found naturally in foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh and even dark chocolate, most people take a daily supplement to augment their healthy gut bacteria.
Our bodies can produce what we need if we are conscious eaters...
but if we take antibiotics or suffer from leaky gut, IBS or bowel issues, our internal microorganisms can get out of balance. So it is good practice to add them into your diet.
If you take a supplement and are not sure if you need it, there’s no reason to worry. Having too many gut friendly bacteria does not make you unhealthy, but it can make your stomach react with bloating, gas or diarrhea. Lower your intake or cut it out completely for a few days, and your system should right itself once more. Then you can slowly add them back in and adjust according to your reactions. Though no studies have shown harmful side-effects, it is always a good practice to consult your doctor before taking any regular vitamin or supplement.
It’s also wise to do a little digging into your probiotic of choice. Not every option has the same quality or the same function. For example, all of OWYN’s protein powders contain LactoSpore® Bacillus coagulans. This is a species of Lactobacillus, which is a term you’ve most likely seen before. You may also have seen any one of these Streptococcus thermophilus, Saccharomyces boulardii, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bacillus subtilis.
Our digestive system is home to more than 400 different bacteria and microorganisms.
The LactoSpore® in OWYN powders is one of the most prevalent strains in our systems
as it is bacteria produced by lactic acids. It has been shown to help stop harmful bacteria by raising the acidity in our intestines, producing bacteriocins, a natural form of antibiotics, and by simply outnumbering the harmful organisms. All of this protects your system from harmful bacterial overgrowth.
So you don’t have to start your day with a big plate of sauerkraut. If you’re a morning equals coffee type, mix a scoop of cold brew coffee protein powder in with your smoothie for breakfast; coffee and supplements go down in one go. If coffee isn’t your preference, OWYN offers a rich dark chocolate, velvety vanilla, fresh matcha, zingy tropical or sweet strawberry banana. You can even get creative and mix your favorites.
Take care of your gut and digestion while still filling your body with the protein, vitamins and green superfoods it needs to tackle the day in peak form.
Laura Manning, MPH, RDN, CDN The Low FODMAP diet is getting some well-deserved attention these days.