The other day I was flipping through a medical journal which touted probiotics as the “supplement of the year.” I opened my e-mail inbox only a few hours later to find a news story showcasing probiotic-rich foods as the “health food of the year.” It seems probiotics and probiotic-rich foods have earned their rightful place in the health and nutrition world.
But it seems there is almost as much misinformation about probiotics as there is mention of these beneficial microbes. As a probiotic researcher for 25 years and author of the soon-to-be-released book, The Probiotic Promise (DaCapo, January 2015), I’d like to shed some light on the facts and expose the fiction. Be sure to subscribe to this blog as I’ll be sharing critical information over the weeks and months ahead—information that you can use to improve your health and quality of life.
Before I start tackling the essentials about probiotics, let me introduce myself a bit further. I am a board-certified doctor of natural medicine, registered nutritional consulting practitioner, and registered orthomolecular health practitioner. As the author of 16 books including several international best-sellers, many readers count on me for practical, no-nonsense health information. Unlike many health sites on the internet, I have the clinical experience and health background to provide accurate information in my blogs. You wouldn’t buy the plans for your dream home from an architectural coach; I think you should be as selective about where you get your nutrition and health information.
So, what exactly are probiotics? Probiotics are living microorganisms that bestow health benefits when ingested in food or supplement form. The first myth I regularly hear is that probiotics are “beneficial bacteria.” While it is true that probiotics count many beneficial bacteria in their numbers that is only part of the story. Probiotics can also include other types of beneficial microbes. Some beneficial yeasts are an example.
Immediately when I say “beneficial yeasts” someone immediately pipes up that yeasts cause yeast infections. Beneficial or probiotic yeasts DO NOT cause yeast infections and may even help boost your immunity so your body is better able to fight harmful yeast infections.
Stay posted. I’ll be sharing lots more news you can use and helping you to get the facts straight on probiotics. If you haven’t already subscribed to this blog, I hope you will. You can subscribe here.
Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, ROHP is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose books include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, The Ultimate pH Solution, and Healing Recipes. She is the publisher of the free e-magazine World's Healthiest News. Subscribe to receive health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook. Learn more about her work on her website DrMichelleCook.com.