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Probiotics–the Activia Stuff

Posted by terrepruitt on October 19, 2010

As you may know I started blogging to share Nia and information regarding health and wellness. As you can imagine checking into some things leads me to all types of things. New information is always becoming available.  Ever done research on the internet? You can end up miles away from where you wanted to be and nowhere near where you started. Some of those places can be very interesting. Interesting to me and I like to share with you.  You might not know you are interested but it turns out you are.

You know that yogurt that Jamie Lee Curtis advertises?  Activia?  Well, they advertise it as a digestive helper–to help keep you “regular”.  I’ve never tried it, but I believe in the theory.   Do you know what else it MIGHT help with?  Yeast overgrowth.  Yeast is in our bodies–men and women–and sometimes the amount of yeast in our system gets above the normal level and that can lead to infections.

Probiotics–the stuff contained in Activia and yogurt with live active cultures–can help with yeast overgrowth.   Probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”  Probiotics live naturally in the digestive tract (of men and women) and vagina.  Also less sugar in the diet can help.  Yeast feeds on sugar, so actually the more sugar you consume the more you are feeding the yeast in your system.  Any foods with live active cultures could assist in keeping that in check and maybe at the same time helping with your digestive health.

Please keep in mind that I am not saying that this might be a fix for an unhealthy diet.  I am always trying to find ways that we can be more healthy.  You know that I believe that we can always be better, adding probiotics to our “already healthy” diet could help it be better.  So, I am encouraging you, that if you eat yogurt look for yogurt that contains “live active cultures” and the least amount of sugar/sweetener as possible, if you want–take probiotic supplements, and cut down on sugar (in ANY and ALL forms).  I believe that all of this can be good for our digestive health.

4 Responses to “Probiotics–the Activia Stuff”

  1. Becky said

    I’ve been fascinated and confused by probiotics for some time now. I need to investigate this further — I know that cutting out sugar is a plus. Did you know that cancer feeds off of the sugar in your body? Heading to google now!
    Thank you Terre!

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    • B-
      Well, as long as I can remember I have heard that when taking an antibiotic you should eat yogurt (with live active cultures) to replace the “good” bacteria that the drug kills off. Have you heard that too through out your life? And — for me — with the advent of Activia and seeing Yakult commercials on TV — I have come to think of them as digestive helpers — if you feel you need that kind of help. And about 15 years ago a friend told me he kept his beer gut from being a beer gut by drinking an acidophilus drink they had sold at Trader Joe’s.

      Did you get on different paths on your Google trip? I always do. I start to write a post one way, then I go to check a fact and next thing I know I am writing in a different direction.

      I hear different things about what feeds cancer . . . . .

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  2. M. Hopson said

    Here’s a video that I wanna share : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neHbUI2JiPw it mentions some really nice facts about probiotics. I have one question though. Is there such a thing as probiotics overdose? because I’ve read that we take probiotics to keep the balance of bacteria in our gut, so I’m curious what happens if the majority of bacteria is probiotics.

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    • M. Hopson – Thank you for your comment. I apologize for the delay in publishing it, but I wanted to watch the video before I released in from moderation. By letting it be published I am not endorsing it at all, but I still wanted to make certain it wasn’t strictly an advirtisement for the latest supplement. I believe it to have interesting information in it that people can learn and then decide for themselves. Thank you for submitting it.

      In regards to the thought that made you curious, I don’t know, but I would imagine for those who survive primarily on a “Western Diet” it might be difficult to tilt the balance towards a system balanced on the probiotic side, but I don’t know. I don’t know if it is possible, but I would imagine since there needs to be a balance it would not necessarily be good.

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