Probiotics – What are they & why do we need them?

Probiotics are live microorganisms that are beneficial to our health. These live probiotic cultures are known to stimulate and strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, enhance calcium absorption, assist in lactose intolerance, as well as providing healthy flora to re-balance digestion after antibiotic use. The most common type of microbes found in probiotics are lactic acid bacteria (LAB), and bifidobacteria.  Probiotics are most commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures; such as kefir, yogurt, soy yogurt or simply as a dietary supplement.

My favorite form of probiotics intake is KEFIR, preferably the Nancy’s Organic Low-fat cultured milk kefir found in Whole Foods or other health food stores, which is a wonderfully healthy drink.  I prefer organic low-fat kefir made from the freshest organic milk, using real organic fruit, organic inulin (a natural fiber), and sweetened with organic agave nectar. Kefir contains billions of live probiotic cultures to each serving making it a healthy way to consume your probiotics.  I love the Organic Nancy’s lowfat culture milk Kefir.  It comes in an array of fresh organic fruit flavors of blueberry, blackberry, peach, rasberry, and strawberry they also make the plain which is wonderful for use in smoothies.  The difference with this brand is that they only use agave to sweeten it, which is a natural sweetener that comes from the agave plant.  It is low on the glycemic index and offers a fresh clean sweetness.  They also only use fresh organic milk from local organic farms free of the artificial growth hormone, rBGH.  In addition they add a natural probiotic fiber inulin to enhance the nutrient retention improving the growth of the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.  Nancy’s uses only real organic fruit and never a color or flavoring additive without the use of preservatives.  Using fresh real fruit really makes a difference in the taste. This kefir delivers high protein coming in at 7g of protein for the fruit flavored and 8g for the plain and is naturally low in fat.  An 80z glass is under 200 calories and only 2.5 grams of fat.  Opting for the plain version of the drink will bring the calories down to 120.  The kefir is produced in Oregon and is USDA Organic certified by Oregon Tilth.  Every sip delivers billions of live probiotic cultures and is a easy way to get your probiotics into your diet.  Drink up and get your kefir in today.

To learn more about this incredible brand of kefir log onto their site at: www.nancysyogurt.com

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