Yes you do! Pro-biotics are becoming very mainstream these days as ads are everywhere and you might be asking yourself “Is this another health fad?”. No, it’s not. Pro-biotics have been a part of the human diet in the form of fermented foods since the very beginning. In the past we never needed to supplement with an oral pro-biotic because the food we ate contained live organisms. Now our food is treated in various ways to eliminate the bad bacteria that makes us sick but in the meantime we are forgetting about all the good bacteria that we evolved with. Intestinal health is responsible for immune function, mental health (more on this later), nutrient absorption and much more. If you don’t want to take oral pro-biotics make sure you eat something fermented at least once a day.
This can include raw cheese or milk, kombucha, sauerkraut, plain yogurt or kefir. If you are prescribed an anti-biotic it is imperative that you supplement with a high dose of oral pro-biotics for one month following the termination of the anti-biotic cycle. In my opinion pro-biotics are an essential pillar of health and should be incorporated into our daily routine once again. Click on the link below for a good overview of how to choose a pro-biotic for your needs.