This post is a collaboration with Silver Fern Probiotics, but all views and opinions are my own. Silver Fern reached out to me to write a post to educate people about probiotics from a scientific perspective. I loved this idea because I wanted to write a piece on the bacteria that live in your gut and how important they are. Right now I am in the Gastrointestinal course (… my FINAL systems course, woot woot!) in medical school. Perfect timing for this topic! Read on to learn more about probiotics, and specifically what Silver Fern Probiotics has to offer.
Probiotics – What exactly are they?
A health buzzword that is thrown around like chia seeds and gluten-free? A word that sounds like antibiotics but is found in yogurt? Well those things may be true, but below I have outlined exactly what probiotics are. Beyond that, why you should be incorporating them into your diet, from a scientific perspective.
A Diverse Gut is a Healthy Gut
Did you know that 100 trillion bacteria (3lbs worth) are living inside of your intestines? You also have bacteria living in your mouth, skin, and other parts of your body too. These are healthy bacteria that are living in a symbiotic relationship with you. While you give them a place to live, they help you absorb nutrients and fight off horrible infections.
If the natural healthy bacteria that are living inside of you die, bad bacteria can take over and inhabit your gut instead. This can lead to deadly diseases. When you take antibiotics for any kind of infection you actually kill off the healthy bacteria in your gut too. Did you know that it takes THREE YEARS for your gut bacteria to grow back to normal after taking antibiotics? So that sore throat that you treat with antibiotics might not be the best thing to do.
The normal healthy bacteria in your gut can help you fight off bad infections and absorb nutrients. The diversity of bacteria might also be linked to medical conditions. Certain bacteria may be linked to body composition (obese or thin), autoimmune disorders, and energy levels.
How Probiotics Come Into Play
Probiotics are good bacteria that you can consume to make sure that your gut is full of healthy bacteria. There is still a lot of research being done to determine which bacteria promote healthy metabolism (which influences how easy you can loose weight). Probiotics (either in supplement form or food products) usually contain a couple of different strains of bacteria plus the nutrients that they need to survive. Popular foods and drinks that contain probiotics include yogurt and Kombucha.
Silver Fern Probiotics
I eat Greek yogurt every morning and occasionally drink Kombucha to get my probiotics. However, I recently started using Silver Fern probiotics and have started incorporating their supplements into my every day diet. They do a lot of research to determine which bacteria they incorporate into their products. They include Bacillus species, Pediococcus and fungal probiotics that can make it past the acidic environment of the stomach to reach the intestines. This is a really unique aspect of their products that I discovered after research other probiotic companies. The bacteria that is found in, say yogurt, has to be encapsualted with enteric coatings to make it past the stomach acid.
Another awesome aspect of Silver Fern’s probiotics is that they pick and choose bacteria that reduce bloating and help optimize the nutrients that you absorb. Check out their line of probiotics here! You can either take the probiotics in pill form, or use the flavored powder that they created. I usually sprinkle it on my yogurt or blend it into a smoothie.
All in all, if you are looking for a probiotic to incorporate into your diet, check out Silver Fern. They have a lot of different options and very affordable prices.