There are many people buying probiotics these days in the effort to help digestive problems. If you are looking for true healing for yourself or your family, please see my posts on GAPS. There are many, many probiotics available. How do you know if yours is effective? Let me start out by saying that I don't believe any probiotic will be effective if it has been sitting on a store shelf, unrefrigerated for a long amount of time. It is best to buy probiotics that are refrigerated in the store instead of sitting on a regular shelf. Natasha Campbell-McBride (creator of the GAPS diet for healing auto-immune disorders), recommends Bio-Kult Probiotic, which has been properly processed and has the correct strains in high enough amounts for healing. But how can you be sure that your probiotic contains live, beneficial bacteria? After all, that is the only way the probiotic will help you. Otherwise you're just throwing your money away.
Here is a simple test to check if your probiotic contains active cultures or not.
You will need:
- 2 containers to hold liquid (clean yogurt cups, plastic cups, mugs, shallow bowls, etc. Just make sure they are similar in size and shape.)
- 1 cup of regular milk.
- 2-3 sample probiotic pills from your bottle.
- Pour 1/2 cup of regular milk into each container.
- Split open your pills and sprinkle the contents into ONE of the containers. Mix it well into the milk.