Before I had medical and nutritional training, I was an average consumer just like most of you. I read about the latest research in health and wellness and, just like many of you, I would start shopping for items that had that ingredient. Once I learned that processed food companies put profit ahead of health benefits, it made me angry. So, now that I’m more educated, I have made it my mission to educate others so they don’t get taken advantage of any longer. Whether you work hard for your money or not, if you’re like me, you’d prefer to keep as much of it as possible. So, if I can help keep you from wasting it on products that have a deceiving label, then I consider that a good thing.
So, let’s talk Probiotic, Prebiotics, and the gut microbiome. These are three of the most researched topics in health and wellness today. If you follow me on social media, then you know that I talk a lot about it. For more than a quarter of a century, alternative healthcare providers have talked about the importance of the gut in overall health. Prior to that, Greek Philosopher Socrates who passed away in 399 BC, spoke of the connection between the gut and overall health. Only in the last 15-20 years has mainstream medicine began to embrace this philosophy.
I guess there were finally enough “scientific studies” that they finally began to recognize what others had said for thousands of years. Ironically, even today, not all traditional medical professionals embrace this belief. Even the ones who do are not very well educated in regard to the topic of probiotics, prebiotics, and the microbiome. So, if the very people who are licensed to care for our health are not well educated on the topic, how educated do you think the marketing folks at processed food manufacturing companies are on the topic? I think it’s safe to say, “not very.”
Heat and acid are 2 huge enemies of these organisms. Yes… probiotic and prebiotics are actual living microorganisms. In addition, sugar feeds the bad microorganisms that cause the imbalance in your microbiome. So, if you put the essential GOOD organisms in a mixture of sugar, then you heat it up in the processing, it’s like sending in reinforcement troops into a war knowing that 50% of those troops are double agents that are going to turn on them the minute the transport lands.
Now… if you make your own yogurt and kefir at home from farm-fresh non-homogenized milk, then you’re in great shape. However, you still have to take care to use quality strains of microorganisms. So, please don’t walk away from having read this thinking that I’m saying these products are not effective. It’s only the processed, homogenized versions that are not beneficial in a way that makes a difference. Do your homework, do your research so that you don’t fall for marketing gimmicks when companies like Tropicana throw around terms like Probiotic juice.