Probiotics – The Answer to Your Health Problems?

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 by HylaryL

When we hear the word “bacteria” a lot of unhappy thoughts come to mind: sickness, mold, germs, and, most importantly, something to avoid. Unfortunately, this bad reputation that bacteria have is, in many ways, misguided. What if the key to maintaining good health actually lies in our microscopic friends?Spoon with yoghurt

According to the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, the health benefits of eating good bacteria, or “probiotics,” are numerous and something done in other cultures on a regular basis. A lot of countries, like Japan or Brazil, see high sales of probiotic-laced beverages that are consumed daily. In America, most of our probiotics come from fermented products, especially yogurt.  

Regularly eating or drinking probiotics has been established by clinical studies to treat gastrointestinal ailments like Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome, delay the development of allergies, and prevent urinary infections. It also helps increase immune function and nutrient absorption.

Want to know more? Check out one of the library’s many books and resources about probiotics and fermented foods. Before implementing any major dietary changes, it’s always best to speak with your doctor, but we hope you get started on your way to reaping all the benefits bacteria have to offer! 

Fermented Foods for Health

Fermented Foods for Health (2013)
by Deirdre Rawlings 

This book includes meal plans of fermented foods for addressing specific ailments and repairing metabolism. 75 delicious recipes show readers how to ferment everything from meats to vegetables, fruits, and dairy -- and how to utilize each of them for specific health benefits such as balancing the body's pH, increasing enzyme production and strengthening immunity. 

The Probiotics Revolution

The Probiotics Revolution (2008)
by Gary B. Huffnagle

This book includes a step-by-step plan for incorporating the many food sources of probiotics and prebiotics into your diet, a complete buyer's guide to probiotic supplements, and how to introduce probiotics to your family and children. 


Digestive Wellness

Digestive Wellness (2012)
by Elizabeth Lipski

This book explains how your digestive system works and what to do when it doesn't. You'll find practical solutions to all the common gastrointestinal disorders (and many other conditions) and expert guidance on the newest advances in testing and diagnosis, nutrition and natural therapies. 


The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

 The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick (2010)
by Gene Stone

This book tells the stories of twenty-give people who each possess a different secret of excellent health -- a secret that makes sense and has a true