The Power of Probiotics

Probiotics are a hot topic these days. Whether it’s kombucha, kefir, or kimchi, it seems like everyone is talking about different ways to consume “good” gut bacteria and its beneficial properties.

What are probiotics, exactly?
Probiotics are friendly, live microorganisms introduced to the body, that are known for having numerous health benefits. Our digestive tracts host trillions of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics can help replenish depleted good bacteria within the digestive tract (after a round of antibiotics, for example), and also balance good and bad bacteria within the body. An excess of bad bacteria within the body can lead to inflammation or infection. Good bacteria suppresses bad bacteria from multiplying, and therefore aids the immune system in warding off unwanted ailments. A healthy and balanced gut biome is critical for maintaining an efficient digestive system.

How can probiotics help me?
Common conditions treated with probiotics include irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and diarrhea. Probiotics are also known to help with skin conditions, immunity, urinary and vaginal health, and oral health. (WebMD)

How can I get more probiotics in my life?
With several health benefits and few side effects, it’s easy to welcome probiotics as a happy addition to your diet. This series of posts will help you discover fun ways to help your gut flora flourish. Join us and learn about the power of probiotics!

  • Prebiotics
  • Kombucha
  • Kefir
  • Yogurt
  • Fermented foods

Inner Energy

Everyone and everything has a limitless amount of inner energy. Don’t block your energy by closing your heart. Let it flow!

What you’ll see, if you watch carefully, is that you have a phenomenal amount of energy inside of you. It doesn’t come from food and it doesn’t come from sleep. This energy is always available to you. At any moment you can draw upon it. It just wells up and fills you from inside. When you’re filled with this energy, you feel like you could take on the world. When it is flowing strongly, you can actually feel it coursing through you in waves. It gushes up spontaneously from deep inside and restores, replenishes, and recharges you. The only reason you don’t feel this energy all the time is because you block it. You block it by closing your heart, by closing your mind, and by pulling yourself into a restrictive space inside. This closes you off from all the energy. When you close your heart or close your mind, you hide in the darkness within you. There is no light. There is no energy. There is nothing flowing. The energy is still there but it can’t get in.

The most important thing in life is your inner energy. If you’re always tired and never enthused, then life is no fun. But if you’re always inspired and filled with energy, then every minute of every day is an exciting experience. Learn to work with these things. Through meditation, through awareness and willful efforts, you can learn to keep your centers open. You do this by just relaxing and releasing. You do this by not buying into the concept that there is anything worth closing over. Remember, if you love life, nothing is worth closing over. Nothing, ever, is worth closing your heart over.

Singer, Michael A. (2007-10-03). The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself (p. 43, 48). New Harbinger Publications. Kindle Edition.

Loving Yourself

I stumbled upon this beautiful passage by Leo Buscaglia on self-love; it succinctly explains the importance of self-love, and how it can be an indulgence rather than a sometimes seemingly impossible task.

Loving yourself involves the discovery of the true wonder of you; not only the present you, but the many possibilities of you. It involves the continual realization that you are unique, like no other person in the world, that life is, or should be, the discovery, the development and the sharing of this uniqueness. The process is not always easy, for one is bound to find those who will feel threatened by a changing, growing you. But it will always be exciting, always be fresh and like all things new and changing, never be dull. The trip into oneself is the grandest, most enjoyable and longest lasting. The fare is cheap; it merely involves continual experiencing, evaluating, educating, trying out of new behavior. Only you can be the final judge in determining what is right for you. . . .

Loving yourself also involves the knowledge that only you can be you. If you try to be like anyone else, you may come very close, but you will always be second best. But, you are the best you. It is the easiest, most practical, most rewarding thing to be. Then it makes sense that you can only be to others what you are to yourself.

If you know, accept, and appreciate yourself and your uniqueness, you will permit others to do so. If you value and appreciate the discovery of yourself, you will encourage others to engage in self-discovery. If you recognize your need to be free to discover who you are, you will allow others their freedom to do so, also. When you realize you are the best you, you will accept the fact that others are the best they. But it follows that it all starts with you. To the extent to which you know yourself, and we are all more alike than different, you can know others. When you love yourself, you will love others. And to the depth and extent to which you can love yourself, only to that depth and extent will you be able to love others.

An “Over the Moon” Introduction

Not too long ago, a couple of events took place, which quite frankly made me very sad. You’ve probably experienced similar; a breakup, a passing of a loved one… I forced myself to turn inwards and focus on my mental health. I pledged to take 30 days to reflect and realign. And I’m very happy to tell you, it worked! After sharing my findings with my friends, and experiencing a highly contagious, upward spiral of positivity, I thought some other folks might be interested as well. So here I am, pushing myself out of my comfort zone and becoming vulnerable for the whole world to see. Enjoy!