Probiotics are the one thing we recommend that all of our boot camp members (and everyone, for that matter) start supplementing with.
Why? It is estimated that we now consume approximately 1/millionth the amount of probiotic bacteria that our hunter gather ancestors used to!
By virtue of the fact that you cook your food you are going to be deficient in not only probiotic bacteria, but also the fresh plant fibers that are needed to sustain them. Supplementing regularly with a high quality probiotic will do tremendous things for your health; from asthma to allergies, from sniffles to the flu, probiotics (along with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise) can help keep you healthy and moving steadily towards your goals (weight loss, fat loss, muscle tone, improved health etc.)
Picking a probiotic supplement can be tricky. There are hundreds of them on store shelves, and the vast majority of them are useless or even potentially harmful. Make sure you are not wasting your money on a placebo. Here are the criteria that a high quality probiotic supplement must meet:
Probiotic Supplement Criteria
1. Must NOT Contain Any Of The Following: dairy, goat’s milk, soy, wheat, corn, casein, magnesium stearate (binder), titanium dioxide (binder), artificial colors, preservatives, or sugars (this means NO yogurt-based probiotics!)
2. Must be 3rd Party Certified for purity and potency.
3. Must be refrigerated or kept frozen to preserve viability.
4. Must contain no fewer 5 billion CFU’s per serving. High end brands contain as many as 60 billion CFU’s per serving. (CFU’s are “colony forming units”, a.k.a. viable bacteria)
When it comes to probiotic supplements you really do get what you pay for. If you can only make one supplement investment, make it a probiotic.
Additionally, to get the most out of supplementation, make sure to take your probiotic with fresh fiber. This means uncooked fruit or vegetables. Fresh fiber is the preferred food of choice for healthy bacteria. Feed your bacteria and they’ll feed you by improving digestion, increasing nutrient availability, and preventing toxic bacteria from colonizing and multiplying.
Our probiotic supplement of choice is from Innate Choice. You can have Innate Choice Probiotic Sufficiency sent directly to your home.
Yours in Health and Happiness,