Chances are if you are working, have a family and a social life time is limited for self-care. As much as you want to eat well, exercise, or drink more water you still feel tired a lot of the time. Could good bacteria be the key?
As women we are the centre of our family, our community and our planet, Mother Earth. We are change agents for all of the above and have the capacity to create new worlds. But only if we look after ourselves first. For many women who feel they are on call 24 hours a day, that’s a new concept.
When we shift gears and focus on self-care, even if it is just for 10-15 mins each day—taking a bath with essential oils, walking the dog, a yoga class—we are shifting away from flight and fight stress mode towards ‘tend and befriend’ repair mode. This is where we make our best decisions.
‘Tend and befriend’ is a primary female instinct that helps you to create connection not just in your relationships, but also your body. When you tend and befriend you repair and restore the body and support hormonal balance. When women hang out together chatting, hugging, laughing, shopping, cooking, dancing it actually increases oxytocin the bonding hormone. You can also get an oxytocin high when you connect with your children, partner or give gratitude.
Oxytocin indirectly balances the stress hormone, cortisol, that is released in flight and flight. Chronically high cortisol can inflame the gut and single handedly wipe out good bacteria. The research is clear that stress and high cortisol levels can contribute to gut damage and create an imbalance in bacterial flora. There is no better time than now to raise your oxytocin levels and tend and befriend your good bacteria.
Looking after our good bacteria has never been easier with the introduction of our new Probiotic Foods for Women in Capsules. It’s been at the forefront of suggestions from women all over Australia and now here it is!
Busy women need solutions to make life simple and healthy. If that means taking a range of fermented foods, probiotics and prebiotics in capsule form when time is limited in the morning, or when travelling, we are happy to help! The foods in Probiotic Foods for Women are naturally high in iodine and iodine is known to support the thyroid.
Probiotic Foods for Women contains the organic wholefoods: Spirulina, Adzuki Beans, Chick Peas, Mung Beans, Lentils, Pomegranate, Chia Seeds, Quinoa, Sunflower Kernels, Dandelion Root, Goji Berries, Queen Garnet Plum, Sweet Potato, Cinnamon, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Parsley, Spinach, Molasses. All foods have been through a natural organic fermentation process using organic bacteria.
The following probiotic strains have been used in the fermentation process of Probiotic Foods, and are cultured from food—not dairy, fecal matter or laboratory bred: Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Delbrueckii, Lactobacillus Caseii, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, Lactobacillus Caucasus, Lactobacillus Fermenti, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Lactobacillus Brevis, Lactobacillus Helveticus, Lactobacillus Leichmannii, Lactobacillus Lactis, Bifidabacterium Bifidum, Saccharomyces Boulardii, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.
Made with gluten free foods and contains no dairy, GMO, colours, flavours, preservatives or fillers.
“Twenty percent of your thyroid production is dependent on healthy bacteria in your gut. Most of us are chronically low in good, protective bacteria and need more. You know the usual reasons—our overuse of antibiotics, our tendency toward too much stress.”
Dr. Sara Gottfried
Taking good bacteria with food based probiotics on a daily basis can tend and befriend your good bacteria and your hormones. Other ways to befriend your good bacteria include:
- Drink filtered water—chlorine and fluoride kill beneficial bacteria.
- Say No to GMO—GMO food wreaks havoc on your gut. Avoid anything with soy, corn, cottonseed oil and anything made with them especially from the US.
- Bulk up on fibre—fibre in your diet in the form of lots of veggies, seeds and nuts, pulses like lentils and grains like quinoa, millet, buckwheat and wild rice feed good bacteria and help them colonize the gut.
- Eat organic—pesticides kill bacteria so wherever possible eat spray free or organic fruits and vegetables.
- Try natural immune boosters this winter instead of antibiotics—olive leaf extract, manuka honey, oregano oil and other herbs, garlic, extra virgin coconut oil and fermented foods like sauerkraut and beetroot kvaas all have powerful antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.
“I’ve been on Probiotic Foods for Women for more than two months now and the longer I am on it the better I feel—more energy and more comfortable in my digestion. When I miss my morning 1/2 tsp I really notice it!”
Vanessa, Nature’s Health Traralgon, Victoria
Probiotic Foods for Women now available in convenient Capsules! View them on the shop here.