Probiotics generally stir up associations with antibiotics, medicine, and compulsory pills to somehow “fix us” or “make us better.” While they do come in many forms, probiotics and antibiotics are completely separate (and very opposite) things! Probiotics are powerful compounded to promote your beauty. They help promote optimal digestion and the cleansing of acidic waste, which helps contribute to increased energy. Probiotics are simply awesome. And that is why I have written today’s post, to share with you all just how important (and beneficial) they are for better skin and increased energy.

Including probiotic supplements and probiotic rich foods such as Probiotic and Enzyme Salad are super important, and core components of the Beauty Detox program. Combined, they help maintain a healthy digestive environment while increasing your vibrancy and overall health. In fact, a recent study by the Hospital General Vall d’Hebron found that the gut has important trophic effects on salvaging energy and increasing immunity. Don’t let the fancy word throw you off either. Probiotics is a dressed up term for healthy bacteria that balance harmful bacteria in your body.

The bottom line is that each day you are consuming artificial chemicals through pollution, refined foods and by living in the world we do today. Remember, our skin is our largest organ and anything that it comes in contact with is eventually filtered through our blood and our digestive tract. These harmful bacteria and chemicals that (unbeknownst to us) enter and infiltrate our body also include excessive antibiotics. For those meat lovers out there, you have another reason to cut down greatly on your meat consumption. Meat that you buy at the store or eat at a restaurant is generally full of antibiotics and chemicals, unless labeled otherwise. Meat is also extremely acid-forming and moves along the digestive tract slowly, which culminates in a lot of time for toxicity and putrefying waste to build (aging!), which the “bad” bacteria loves to feast off of and this helps it proliferate. Buying hormone-free is meat is a step-up, but consider cutting way back on your meat consumption in general if having more energy and better skin are two goals that are important to you. You can get protein, calcium and other nutrients from plant foods, which are actually beautifying.

There are copious amounts of naturally occurring bacteria in your gut and in your body that have positive and negative side effects. Probiotics essentially balance the bad guys, so they don’t grow out of control! They are healthy bacteria that effectively rebalance and restore the health of the colon. Ever wonder how antibiotics are so effective? One of the primary reasons is that they virtually function through either 1) killing all bacteria or 2) inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Unfortunately, antibiotics don’t discriminate against harmful bacteria, they exterminate everything in sight. Although they are effective in allowing your immune system to fight off the sickness, in  the process they totally deplete the army of good bacteria as well in your colon.

Replenishing your body daily with probiotics is tremendously important for mental and physical health. Probiotics improve vitamin synthesis and absorption, and have the ability to manufacturing B vitamins right in your gut. Additionally, they improve liver health, resistance to allergies and immunity while increasing physical energy and allowing mental clarity. I want to stress that probiotics are not just for people with digestive issues!! Yes, they do tremendously help in balancing out the colon, but they are essential for everyone. Increase your probiotic consumption through supplements and strategic foods to reap all the Beauty Benefits!

Supplements

There are about as many Probiotic Supplement brands as there are healthy bacteria in the gut. Be wary and cautious when purchasing probiotics from the market because they do come in many strains and varieties. It can be very confusing, especially for a first time shopper. The most important characteristic for your supplement to have is that they are live cells and secondly, that there is a variety of highly beneficial probiotic strains. Just having a high culture count isn’t all that is important; the product should include the most active strains. Additionally, a good delivery system to get the probiotic cultures efficiently into the gut is really important, so they don’t get destroyed from being exposed to the stomach acid for too long.

There are different schools of thought on taking probiotics with food or on an empty stomach. The reason I recommend taking them on an empty stomach is so they are not held up in the stomach for longer amounts of time while the food is digesting. This allows them to pass through faster. I like the Dr. Ohhira brand, but there are other good ones out there. I’m going to be trying other brands so I can recommend others. I hear you guys- many of you have commented on how pricey that brand is.

Probiotic & Enzyme Salad

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I cannot stress enough the importance of the Probiotic and Enzyme Salad in helping to make us more clean and balanced. This sacred and extremely nutritious salad. It is packed with enzymes and flora to increase our immunity and to restore us to a basic pH. It doesn’t take that much time to make, and it is the most inexpensive way to get daily probiotics. This is especially important for those of you that can’t afford probiotic supplements, which can definitely be expensive. Many ask how to eat healthy on a budget, and cabbage is very inexpensive, so there is no excuse to not make this salad!!

Imbalanced intestinal flora is one of the root causes of disease and is essential to replenish to achieve true health and therefore true beauty. This powerful salad will lead to improved Beauty Energy and ongoing cleansing. Most importantly, it will aid you in clear up any digestive blockages or irregularities that you are experiencing. It is great for those with Candida and sugar cravings.

Probiotic & Enzyme Salad is essentially raw sauerkraut and is made with green cabbage, miso paste or sea salt, and optionally flavor add-ons like ginger or carraway seeds. The raw, cultured veggies that are chopped and sealed in airtight containers for a few days. Sealing and storing the cabbage creates an environment for lactobacilli and enzymes in the vegetables to flourish, creating a probiotic-rich food. Pretty cool, right? Cabbage in itself has natural probiotics, is packed with vitamin C, and has natural cleansing properties. I love that that it’s so easy to make and is a yummy, tangy accompaniment for any meal.

Sauerkraut usually stirs up images of a soppy, salty condiment that adds flavor to various meats, but this is not what you are making here! It’s time to break the stereotype and open up your mind to the possibility of delicious, nutritious and beautiful foods that benefit the body and the mind. Probiotic & Enzyme Salad is the most powerful tool you can use to get there!

Remember, the fermentation process to create all of those healthy nutrients takes about 5 days so when you start to run low, be sure to whip up a new batch. You can store sealed jars of salad in the refrigerator for up to a month or so, once the seal has been broken, it will keep for up to 1 month. Probiotic & Enzyme Salad should be a core staple of your Beauty Detox by including ½ cup for dinner each night and also at lunch when possible.

For a simple and easy demo on how to make Probiotic & Enzyme Salad, click here! If you are still having issues with your batches going funky, remember to 1)Sterilize everything very well beforehand 2)Pack the mixture down firmly 3)Make sure your jar lids are tightly closed 4)Use spring water to make the brine.

Through increasing your consumption of probiotics and probiotic-rich foods, over time you will see an increase in energy and skin beauty, which will further serve as motivation to keep eating them!

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