Happy holidays from the Probulin Team!

It’s a wonderful time of the year! Friends, family, all the holiday gatherings filled with laughter and joy. It’s also a little crazy – at least around here. Baking and gift-buying, and then wrapping those piles of presents.

Remember to take your probiotics and prebiotics during this hectic time. One of the first places we feel stress is in our guts. Even when you’re having fun during the holidays, just being so busy adds stress and on top of that, you’re probably eating a little more than you usually do. (Kudos out there to those who AREN’T eating more during the holidays. Add a comment and tell us how you resist all those sugar cookies, fudge and decadent desserts.)

All of these things combined together are bound to affect the balance of bacteria in your digestive system. Get this, in a study published in the Los Angeles Times in August (click HERE to read the article)  ), an international research group found that mice who took drinks spiked with Lactobacillus rhamnosus (JB-1) were less anxious and stressed than the control group.

Most of you already know from your own experiences that when you get stressed, a stomach ache often follows. Doesn’t it make sense to keep that bacteria in balance as you face these crazy, fun holiday times?

Wishing you lots of joy and laughter to offset the busy-ness!

Go with  your gut,

The Probulin Team

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Probiotics: The Possibility of Fighting Cancer

One of the most exciting things about working with Probulin and learning about probiotics in general is reading all the new research. Now, we’ll admit that medical research makes for dry reading (and is guaranteed to teach you some of those new big words we talked about in our last blog!), but that’s what we’re here for. We rewrote our job title to include “making medicalese readable.” Should come with a pay raise.

You can read more in Probiotics For Dummies special edition, eBook now available for download at Probulin.com.

And keep an eye out for the full version will be available in stores starting in April 2012.

Suffice it to say that research is looking positive for finding ways probiotics can prevent and help to cure cancer. Here’s one study to give you an idea of what we’re talking about. In rat experiments, two groups of rats were fed cancer-causing agents and then Group I was given probiotics. Group I rats didn’t develop tumors, while the second group did.

The probiotic anti-cancer effect may be related to increased production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA). One SCFA, butyrate, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, and also stimulates activity of an enzyme that acts as a detoxification system for potentially harmful compounds.

More initial studies suggest that taking lactobacillus and bifidobacter, two strains of bacteria found in Probulin, prevents mutation in genes, which decreases the incidence of colon cancer. Experiments in which rats were given prebiotics and probiotics found that those rats developed less colon cancer.

Wow. Not really much else to say. The potential of probiotics is amazing. And exciting – okay, we’re over-using that word. How about thrilling, stimulating, motivating? You get the drift.

Now, go take your Probulin.

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team

Reading the Probiotic Label: It’s Not Gobblety Gook!

I don’t know about you, but reading any labels makes my head spin. Thank goodness for smart phones where you can determine what those multiple-syllable, unpronounceable words really are. (Mayo Clinic has a great interactive guide for learning to read labels, in general, that will help you make healthier eating choices. . . check it out!)

When you look at the Probulin label, you’ll see all the key factors you should look for in finding a probiotic. Here are some points to keep in mind:

*   What goes in your mouth might not reach your colon. Good bacteria can’t help you if they’re killed off by your stomach acid. Look for products labeled “encapsulated” or some other indication that they use technology to help the good bacteria reach your colon.

*  More strains of bacteria are better than one. Make sure your supplement includes Lactobacillus and Bifidobacter[M1]  strains. Also check for prebiotic ingredients like inulin; prebiotics make the probiotic bacteria more effective. (Probulin is a good example a supplement with both of these.)

*  Always check the expiration date and storage information. Some supplements need to be chilled; even those that don’t require refrigeration should be stored away from heat.

A sidenote: Keep in mind that heat destroys probiotic bacteria, so don’t drink coffee, hot tea, or other hot beverages for an hour after you take probiotics in any form — either as a supplement or in foods.

That wasn’t too painful, was it? Now, click here to order Probulin and never force yourself to read another probiotic label again! (Though we’re highly in favor of expanding your vocabulary! So in our desire to further your education, here’s a new word you won’t find on a label. . . floccinaucinihilipilification. Go on. Pull out your smart phone or hit Google. Can’t say you don’t learn lots of stuff here on our blog. We’re just educators at heart.)
Smile. Take your Probulin. Have a terrific day!

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team


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Homemade Yogurt: An Easy and Delicious Way to Get Probiotics

Even the most kitchen-challenged cook will find making their own yogurt a snap – and what a great way to put more probiotics into your diet. With homemade yogurt, you’ll know you have live cultures of bacteria in your food, and you’ll know exactly what ingredients you’re eating.

Dr. Shekhar Challa, author of Probiotics for Dummies (special edition eBook available at Probulin.com) and his family eat homemade yogurt every day as part of their diet. It’s a pretty common thing for Indian families to make their own, he says. He offers this easy recipe for you to try:

      1. Bring milk to a boil – just to the point where it begins to froth, on the stovetop or in the microwave. The amount of milk you use will determine the amount of yogurt you’ll end up with. Dr. Challa suggests a half gallon.
      2. Cool until lukewarm and add 1 teaspoon of yogurt containing live bacteria. You can buy yogurt with live cultures in the store, use a yogurt culture starter, or borrow a starter from another family who makes yogurt.
      3. Mix the culture into the milk, then cover and let stand somewhere warm. Dr. Challa’s family leaves it sitting in the microwave, which seems to retain enough heat that it works just fine.
      4. Imagine piling some fresh berries onto your very own yogurt every day!

One word of caution: homemade yogurt is different than what you buy in the store. (Please refrain from saying, “Duh!”) It has a different texture and flavor. There are hundreds of recipes and different things you can do to change the yogurt, so put “homemade yogurt” in Google, and head for the kitchen. Be sure to let us know what recipe you like and how it turns out!

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team