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Why Probiotics?

By August 16, 2012December 8th, 2018Uncategorized
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    Do you have a picky eater in your home that only likes bland foods like butter noodles? They are most likely low in healthy gut bacteria. You have trillions of bacteria in your digestive tract. They are a major part of your immune system. A healthy lower intestine should have about 85% of “good bacteria” to prevent the colonization of disease causing organisms like salmonella or E. coli.

    When I ask someone if they take probiotics, I almost always get the response, “I eat yogurt.” Yogurt only contains acidophilus, but that is only one of hundreds of friendly bacteria we need. Our bodies should have somewhere between 400 and 500 types of bacteria. And the type of yogurt is usually Yoplait Low Fat which has more sugar than a Kit Kat bar… that kind is not going to help here:)

    Probiotics stop the growth of harmful bacteria which cause digestive problems (are you going #2??? You should every day!); they also improve digestion and absorption of vitamins; and enhance the immune system.The first 2 years of life are crucial for our long-term immune responses. Bacterial colonization patterns set up in the first years and continue to grow throughout our lifetime. The medications and foods that we give our kids totally affect this delicate balance.Probiotic supplementation promotes health in infants. They prevent eczema, diarrhea, diaper rash, and cradle-cap. They also decrease anemia and asthma. Probiotics lower the chances of food allergies and eliminate thrush.

    Click HERE to see the supplements for babies and children.


    In older children, probiotics have been found to reduce the severity and frequency of respiratory infections and prevent irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and constipation. Kids with allergies, ADHD, Autism (entire Autism spectrum), Celiac Disease, Constipation, Diarrhea, Diabetes, Halitosis (bad breath), Eczema, Leaky Gut Syndrome can all benefit from healthy doses of probiotics. Acne would also be an indication of low good bacteria. Having a bought of diarrhea, taking an antibiotic, eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and low in fiber as well as stress can all deplete a healthy intestinal flora. If a child has been on an antibiotic, it is extremely important to replenish the beneficial bacteria lost by taking a quality probiotics supplement.

    When shopping for probiotics look for lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. Lactobacilli is found in the small intestine and bifidobacteria is found in the colon. Fermented foods contain healthful bacteria: Kimchi, fermented sour cream, buttermilk, sauerkraut, fermented pickles, and many PLAIN yogurts (not yoplait:). But generally pasteurization has eliminated the flora found in modern food. As a result, companies are fortifying foods with probiotics in an effort to re-introduce this bacteria. To read more on probiotics and serotonin connection check out my book: Secrets to Controlling Your Weight Cravings and Mood.

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    Tips for Pickling:


1. Never use iodized salt when pickling cucumbers and sauerkraut. The flavor of the iodized salt takes over the taste of the lovely veggies as well as darkens the pickles.

2. Use clean clear non-chlorinated water. The chlorine also will overwhelm the flavor.

3. Even too much sulfur in well water will influence the flavor.

4. Use smaller salt crystals, they dissolve quicker.

5. Use coconut vinegar: Coconut Vinegar nutritionally exceeds other vinegars in its amino acid, vitamin and mineral contents, and is an excellent source of FOS (a prebiotic that promotes digestive health). In addition to using in your favorite dressings and marinades, our Coconut Vinegar may also be used instead of apple cider vinegar for skincare or with any internal cleansing program. (This delicious vinegar does not have a coconutty flavor.) Click HERE to find.

6. Spices I love for pickling: yellow mustard seed, celery seed, dill… but you can mix and match the spices you love to create your favorite flavor profile!

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • joanie e says:

    Maria – Have you ever heard of anyone having lower back pain when they take probiotics?
    I noticed it when I started taking them, but just passed it off. Then I ran out and waited for an order to come in the mail. When I started taking probiotics again (a different brand), I noticed the pain return. (I try to take with plenty of water and then throughout the day.) Should I be concerned?

  • joanie e says:

    Thanks. I’ll try that.

  • Lee B says:

    Are there childrens’ probiotics that are not in pill form? My little one won’t take a pill, even a chewable or gummy, so I need something I can slip into a drink. Any recommendations?

  • Sarah Keith says:

    Hi Maria,

    After some Metabolic testing, I was advised to take a probiotic that does not form D-Lactate. I purchased the Woman’s Garden of Life brand, not really knowing if it forms D-Lactate or not. Is there a brand you can recommend that I can trust? How do I know if it forms D-Lactate?

  • lisa says:

    Hi Maria,
    I recently went to the doctor and had some blood work done. STD testing all came back normal but my urine sample came back with what the nurse practitioner said was a “likely infection” of Strep bacteria. She didn’t give me any information on how this can be contracted but she wants to try to treat it with antibiotics. I do take probiotics daily so hopefully this wouldn’t be too bad if i have to? Her other option was to drink lots of fluids and repeat the test in a week. I already drink over 90 0z a day so i’m thinking its not going to clear up the problem. I’d like to avoid taking antibiotics if i can. Do you know of anything that could help either clear this up or stop it from reoccurring? From what i’ve managed to read online it looks mainly caused with UTI’s and the like.

    • cemmerich says:

      I would take a good bifido bacteria during and after the antibiotics. As for how you got it, that is hard to say.

  • Alexandra says:

    Hi Maria,

    If my probiotic came unrefrigerated in the mail (4 days of shipping) is it automatically spoiled?

  • tine tine says:

    I take a probiotic by Absonutrix it is a 50 billion multi-stains per capsule : Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus salivarious, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifdobacterium breve, Bifdobacterium longum, Stephtococcus thermophiles…OTHER INGREDIENTS: RICE FLOUR AND MAGNESIUM STERATE. It says contains no salt, starch, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives…..lies…RICE FLOUR! Should I change brands? Can this knock me out of ketosis?

  • tine tine says:

    Thank You, I will try your recommendation..In 2004 me and my husband went to eat at a Ryan’s after church and the next day I felt bad…blah kind a bloated but I just ignored it. As the week continued my stomach began to distend more and more but I kept thinking it would pass. I have always had gut issues…IBS, never regular if I had a bm it was because I took a laxative or prescription lactulose but my stools were never the desired form. I kept telling myself it would pass it can’t be that bad and I can’t miss work because I already used up all my sick leave. I went to the doctor for stomach pain had an ultrasound was told I had a cyst on my ovary and it needed to be removed immediately. Went in for what I thought to be a routine procedure. I was shocked to learn that my tubes were 25 times larger than normal, they were turning black and striated. I saw the footage…looked like something out of an alien movie it was unbelievable. Me and my twin were premature a little over 5 mos. stayed in an incubator for 29 days. The fact that my mom smoked and we were not breast fed I believe this to be the onset of my gut issues. Back to my once flat tummy to day four. I will never forget that day as I was waiting for my washer to finish the spin cycle. It back up causing my toilet to overflow. I had to spread my legs to bend over to clean the mess. It was in that moment I knew something was seriously wrong . It took three weeks for the doctors to find out I had H-pylori. My gastro internal med specialist kept telling me nothing was wrong. Really? I haven’t gone #2 in over a week? nothing wrong just increase fiber. It was my gynecologist who discovered the H-Pylori. I was so afraid of missing work I ignored my pain. Now I do my best to avoid doctors! A couple of years ago while doing some research before I found your site I was looking at unique healing with Donna Pessin and I was drinking bentonite clay water and started taking probiotics…working up to 9-12 TBS of clay daily. I would mix 4T to 32 oz water and up to 12 (50 billion) probiotic caps daily. In the beginning I thought wow my stomach pain is less and for the first time in my life I have formed bm’s. Well, It became such a chore consuming all that clay water and my bm’s became few and far between. I could not go unless I drank 12 TBS or stop for a few days and start again. It was not consistent, so after 14 months I quit the clay but not the probiotics. I have been doing keto for almost a year but It’s only been about four months that I removed all traces of gluten…didn’t know it was hiding in some of the stuff I was eating. I am lactose intolerant and so many foods irritate my stomach. I did a process of elimination and right now as for vegetables the only ones I can tolerate are lettuce, spinach, zucchini, and avocado. I eat eggs and fatty meat with no problem. I have reduced my probiotic intake to 4 ….none now until I get new ones but I am drinking homemade bone broth daily. I did try Triphala powder but it made my stomach hurt and swell. I refuse to take laxatives. I still do no have regular bm’s . Do I need to just be patient or am I missing something?

  • tine tine says:

    Yes! crazy! I have had over 15 surgeries but I am 49 years young 5’3 and 125lbs…too heavy for me but it is coming off. When I started keto I gained about 12lbs and thought I can”t do this but as soon as I stopped my symptoms got worse. I took pain medication for years…2 work related injuries…7 shoulder surgeries. Two bulging disk in my neck…yet to have surgery. Anyway, it was almost 4 years ago that I threw out all my medication and began searching for help. I am going to continue on this path. Can you tell me how long, in your experience, you see clients become regular. I understand everyone is different.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Everyone is different as you say. Typically you can see some improvements in a month or so. I also have a constipation supplement plan at that link that can help too. You don’t want to increase fiber. Can make things worse. 🙂

  • tinetine says:

    thank you so much. I am going to see how things go with the new probiotic and bone broth over the next few weeks and assess then.

  • Lisa says:

    Maria. I take your recommended probiotic and apple cider vinegar with “mother”. Does that kill the probiotic I am taking? I take them at the same time too. I mix them in water with psyllium and down them at the same time.

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