Probiotics are microorganisms, usually part of our gut bacterial flora, that have beneficial effects on our health. Probiotics are yeasts or bacteria, and they are inhabitants of our intestine, being in a perfect symbiosis with us. An imbalance of the probiotics, can lead to serious conditions, sometimes very difficult to diagnose. There is increasing evidence that a number of inflammatory and autoimmune conditions are linked to a poor microflora.

There are many reasons for your gut bacterial flora to decline, most important ones are age and the use of antibiotics. The market is now abundant of probiotic supplements, but not all of them are efficient, and the more effective ones are expensive. There is also a lot of misinformation about probiotics and how to use them. This collection of articles tries to address these. There are also a few articles about natural sources of probiotics, and how efficient are these sources compared to supplements. 

Homemade Yogurt in a Jar

Making probiotic milk at home is very easy if you can get the proper milk. The proper milk is the one that can actually nourish bacteria, so a culture can properly develop. Yogurt, buttermilk, and kefir are all fermented milk products with probiotic bacteria, the difference is the recipe, and the resulted bacteria cultures. 

Unfiltered Apple Cider VinegarProbiotics are microorganisms in a symbiotic relationship with humans, and prebiotics are the food for the microorganisms. In order to benefit from probiotics, (the good microbacterial flora), we need to nourish them, to allow the proper growth of their colony; without the proper food the micro flora would just starve, and eventually die.

Top 10 Rated ProbioticsInfo about the best-selling, top rated probiotic supplements, the list of strains, and other components in their ingredient list. The list is based on Amazon ratings and selling numbers, and our research, and is meant to help potential buyers to choose a probiotic.

Hands Heart on TummyWhich one is better, VSL #3, or Align. The two probiotic supplements are the best for treating IBS and other GI issues, but the two supplements approach the treatment differently; Align uses sniper precision, with a unique dose that can treat various gastrointestinal issues, whereas VSL #3 uses brute force, using the principle if the regular dose doesn't work, double it, or triple it. 

VSL #3 probiotic supplement packageVSL #3 is one of the best probiotic supplements. Is hard to make it on the top ten list, and with so many choices, manufacturers have to compete in a market that is more and more knowledgeable, and has comparison terms. However, VSL #3 is making that top ten easily. 

Probiotic supplements capsules

Choosing the best probiotic supplement could be a challenge, especially when we don't know all the supplements on the market. We compiled a list of probiotic supplements, that contains the most popular and trusted supplements, and are relatively easy to buy. All these are over the counter, and are relatively safe to use, and permanent side effects are virtually inexistent. 

Pickled VegetablesFermented foods are foods that are transformed through controlled fermentation, by microorganisms. Food fermentation has various objectives such preservation, taste and aroma enhancements, or even obtaining absolutely new foods, or drinks, without any resemblance of the original ingredients.

Yogurt and HoneySynbiotics are the best way to ensure a maximum benefit from the ingested probiotics. The term refers to the synergy created by getting both probiotics, and prebiotics to feed the human microbiome.

Milk Bottle - Photo Credit: Nick PiggottRaw milk is getting a lot of public attention lately, because commercially available milk is linked to health problems. Is it safe to drink raw milk though? Why is raw milk better than pasteurized? What is the difference between raw and pasteurized milk, and what is UHT milk? 

The increasing interest in drinking raw milk is legitimate, however the real problem might not be the pasteurization of milk, but the ultra pasteurization. Raw milk has proved to have great health benefits, yet the legislation doesn't allow its distribution, because of the risks of infection with bacteria. 

Probiotic and Prebiotic ShakeThis prebiotic/probiotic shake recipe is a great starting example for anyone that wants to eat healthy and tasty. There is no reason to give up the joy of eating, or drinking a shake, we can have delicious and healthy shakes. This is not your ordinary probiotic food, it is packed with a lot of good bacteria and soluble dietary fiber. 

Sour Pickles in Mason JarSour pickles, also called lacto-fermented pickles, or probiotic pickles are very easy to make at home. The sour pickles recipe is very simple, add one Tbs salt per quart of water, and let it ferment. Lactic acid bacteria will do the rest for you. See inside tips on pickling, and what vegetables you can pickle with lactofermentation. 

Bottled Boza in TurkeyBoza is a thick drink, slightly alcoholic, with a sour- sweet taste, that varies depending on the amount of sugar added, and the fermentation length. Boza is an amazing fermented drink, which contains a lot of probiotics, vitamins A, B, and E, in a highly bioavailable form, and it caries all the health benefits of a probiotic drink. In most of the Eastern European countries, the drink it is called boza, after the Turkish name, where it originates apparently, or braga in Romania. There is also a similar recipe made from bread, called kvass, and that recipe was firstly brewed by Russians.

Pickled CucumbersThis is a list with accessible, easy to buy, or prepare fermented, probiotic foods. All fermented foods contain a lot of probiotics and it is safe to eat them. In many countries, fermented foods are part of the daily diet. All fermented foods are very tasty, nutritious, and easy to digest.

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