Probiotics are essential for optimising health physically, mentally and emotionally.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Probiotics are microorganisms (microflora) that reside in your intestine and are classified "good" or "helpful" bacteria due to the fact they help keep your intestinal tract (gut) healthy.
These good bacteria that keep pathogens (harmful microorganisms or "bad" bacteria) in check, they improve digestion, nutrient absorption, and contribute to a healthy immune system.
12 Signs you will benefit from taking pro-biotics
- If you are trying to conceive
- If you are pregnant
- If you have had a dose of anti-biotics
- If you suffer from acne, eczema, rashes, hives, or psoriasis
- If you suffer from stress
- If you suffer with anxiety
- If you have depression
- If you are irritable
- If you get sick with the flu every year
- If you suffer from bloating
- If you suffer from IBS
- If you suffer from candida (thrush)
Supplements VS Wholefood Probiotics
If you know me by now, you will know that I am a huge fan of organic whole food over supplements. When it comes to probiotics this is definitely the case!
The probiotic bacteria in supplements are dead by the time you take them. Probiotics are sensitive organisms. They die quickly when exposed to heat and moisture.
For this reason I recommend organic whole food options.
Best Probiotics for Preconception and Pregnancy
- Sauerkraut (pickled cabbage - common dish from Germany)
- Coconut Kefir (Coconut water kefir is a fermented beverage made from coconut water kefir 'grains' which are highly beneficial organisms of bacteria)
You can get other types of probiotics such as water kefir, kombucha and kimchi but I find the two listed above are most beneficial for when you are trying to conceive or a pregnant.
Probiotics even enhance the brain and mood
How to Make Home Made Probiotics
Making Sauerkraut Step-by-step
Step 1 - Finally chop a whole organic cabbage (optional: add 4 finely chopped apples. Apples make it less acidic and this will create a broader spectrum of bacteria to make it more beneficial and I find it more delicious too!)
Step 2 - Cover cabbage (and apple) mix with several pinches of salt (Celtic is best, followed by sea salt, followed by Pink Himalayan salt. Avoid standard table salt that has 'anti-caking agents listed in the ingredients)
Step 3 - Mix and then add more salt
Step 4 - Massage salt through for a few minutes
Step 5 - Steralise a number of jars by boiling water in the jar and in the lid, pour out and dry in the oven
Step 6 - Fill sterilised jars three-quarters of the way with cabbage mix then top with spring water if not using apples. If opting for apples then add apple juice. (100% organic and ideally pressed/juiced yourself. Otherwise choose apple juice without sugar, not made from concentrate etc.)
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The probiotic "Life Shot 200" is a 15 bottle cleanse which you can take as follows if you have never done a cleanse before:
- Day 1 = teaspoon
- Day 2 = 2 teaspoons
- Day 3 = 1/3 bottle
- Day 4 = 1/3 bottle
- Day 5 = 1/3 bottle
- Day 6 = 1/3 bottle etc. and build up to 1/2 bottle if you don't get diarrhea
As you know, it's important you maintain these low doses because it is very common that people go through a healing crisis (e.g. bad case of the runs and heavy detox symptoms) as they experience their body extracting all the 'bad' bacteria and re-colonising it with good bacteria. I want you to get the benefits but slowly.
Here are some links on the benefits of this extremely powerful probiotic that you only need to take 2 - 3 times a year(!) instead of everyday:
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(An expert in her field since 2007) and leader in Fertility Mind Mastery, Fertility Meditation, Fertility Yoga and Fertility Coaching –
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Fiona is the founder of Awakening Fertility – Harley Street (Harley Street Fertility Clinic), London; Concept Fertility Putney; Chichester, West Sussex and Perth, Australia
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