In the last blog, we talked about healthy internal bacteria and the importance of taking a good probiotic supplement from time to time. This week, I had a few questions about how much or how often we should ingest probiotic foods or supplements to optimize our intestinal flora. Here are a few key points:
1. Any time you can enjoy a non-dairy probiotic food like soy yogurt or miso, go for it. But the most reliable way to really crank up the numbers is through a probiotic supplement that you would take every three of four months. (See the 3/30/08 blog for more info.) Think of this like you’re bringing in more troops for your flora army.
2. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are supplements that are designed to nourish and strengthen the existing troops. By taking a prebiotic like FOS (Fructo-Oligo-Saccharides), you are ensuring that your flora army continues to thrive in your internal environment.
I would suggest taking a FOS-based supplement first thing in the morning and/or before you go to bed, every day or two. You can’t really o.d. on this stuff and it can only aid your flora in doing its job. And remember; a healthy flora is an effective flora.
My favorite prebiotic is called The Ultimate Florazyme. This is a fantastic source of FOS to feed the flora. Take one or two capsules on an empty stomach in the morning and/or evening, whenever you can. (It also doubles as a digestive enzyme, so you can cover two critical supplemental functions with one product. More on this later.)
Bottom-line: This one-two punch of a good probiotic supp a few times a year, supported by daily or even weekly dosages of a good prebiotic, is the hot ticket for Rock-Solid internal health.