Important Benefits of Probiotics & Giveaway

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***I did not receive any financial compensation for this post and received products for review/giveaway purposes only. The opinions expressed in the post are based on my own personal experience.

 

What are Probiotics

Probiotics are beneficial forms of gut bacteria that stimulate the natural digestive juices and enzymes that keep our digestive organs functioning properly. This healthy bacteria is essential for keeping the gut flora in our stomach and intestines balanced and has many other numerous benefits. Factors such as processed foods and antibiotics can kill off this beneficial bacteria and cause health problems. An imbalance of this healthy bacteria lowers the immune system and makes us much more susceptible to illness. There are many important benefits of probiotics that many people many be unaware of. This post will share with you the health benefits of this healthy bacteria and why it should be included in our daily regimen.

Important Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics are necessary in order for the body to function optimally. Here are some of the benefits of probiotics:

  • Maintains healthy cholesterol levels
  • Supports Digestive Health
  • Promotes Vitamin & Mineral Absorption
  • Supports Healthy Skin
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Helps to Eliminate Toxins, Waste and Harmful Bacteria

There has even been recent studies showing how our gut flora has a strong correlation with mental health! If you are not currently taking probiotics here are 7 signs that you should be taking them.

How to Include Probiotics in Your Regimen

You can get probiotics from fermented foods which are easy to make and cost effective. I am obsessed with fermenting foods and drinks and add natural probiotics to anything. You can checkout all my homemade fermented foods recipes here.

You can also take a probiotic supplement. I love this brand by Dr. Mercola and am giving away a free bottle to one lucky winner in the US or Canada! It contains 10 strains of bacteria to support a healthy GI tract!

Giveaway

The winner will be announced on Thursday August 6th! Good Luck!

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Probiotic Pico De Gallo

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Pico De Gallo is a staple in Mexican cuisine. This salsa fresca is an uncooked salsa made with fresh ingredients. I make it often and with my fermentation obsession of course I had to share my favorite lacto-fermented version. Fermenting this salsa has many health benefits which you can read more about in this article. Here is my recipe for Probiotic Pico De Gallo. Enjoy!

Probiotic Pico De Gallo

  • Chopped Tomatoes (3-4 medium sized)
  • Chopped Onion (1/2 red or white)
  • Chopped Garlic (3-4 cloves)
  • Chopped/Seeded Jalapeno Pepper (1 medium)
  • Cilantro chopped (5 or 6 stalks)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lime Juice (1 small)
  • 2 Tbs. Whey

Chop all ingredients into a bowl and mix. Season with salt and pepper and add lime juice. Mix everything together and add whey and stir. Add everything to a fermenting jar (where to buy) and cover with a paper towel and secure with a rubber band. Allow it to sit on your counter for 36-48 hours to allow all the healthy probiotic cultures to do their thing. Once the fermentation process is over you can put a lid on the jar and keep in the fridge. It will last several weeks but will most likely be eaten before then since it is a yummy addition to Mexican dishes. It is great served along side my fermented salsa verde!

Have you jumped on the fermented foods bandwagon yet? What is your favorite fermented food or drink?

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