What Is a Probiotic Diet?

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A probiotic diet includes healthy bacteria into each meal to keep the natural bacteria in the body at a maintained level, and good bacteria can be found in many fermented foods. Eat yogurt, kimchi, miso, tempai and souerkraut as part of a probiotic diet with helpful information from a nutrition consultant and clinical herbalist in this free video on alternative medicine.

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Hi my name is Charlotte Skiles. I am a nutrition consultant and clinical herbalist with Eat in Peace Wellness Consulting located in Austin, Texas. And right now I'm going to be talking to you about what a probiotic diet is. Now the first resource that comes to mind for you to checkout if this is a subject matter of interest to you, is a book by Donna Gates called the Body Ecology Diet. She has written a very thorough review and put forth a very specific diet for what would be considered a probiotic diet. Now probiotics and the bacteria, is referring to the bacteria, that live in our gastrointestinal tracts. We have 3 to 4 pounds of bacteria in our GI, it's an entire colony of organisms that we have a symbiotic relationship with. We live harmoniously with them, they need us and we need them. And the idea of a probiotic is the concept of taking in that bacteria into the GI and keeping it in a healthy balance. So a diet of this nature is going to involve fermented foods. Fermented foods contain this bacteria, so we're all familiar with yogurt. You take milk, you add certain strains of bacteria to it, that bacteria eats the sugar in the milk and you end up with a slightly more sour tarter product than the original milk because the bacteria ate the sugar. Now you can do this with anything, you can do this with cabbage and you can make sauerkraut. You can do this with other vegetables and you can make kimchi. You can do this with soy and you make miso and tempai. So these are all very traditional foods that were served as a condiment to our meals and that action, those probiotics, that bacteria in those foods, create enzymes that aid our digestion greatly that feed that bacteria in our GI tract. So those are just some thoughts regarding a probiotic diet.

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