Probiotics for Dirt? What a Great Idea!

Bokashi is a Japanese term meaning ‘fermented organic matter,’ and what it means for those of us who know about probiotics is a way to compost using bacteria. We spend most of our time here at Probulin concerned with the impact of good bacteria on our bodies and health – it was really cool to find out how those little microorganisms are being used in other ways!

Bokashi means taking a bucket, adding bacteria (usually in the form of purchased bran) and organic waste (think left overs you forgot about in the fridge). You let it sit for about two weeks and you have compost. There’s very little smell to this process, which makes it perfect for apartment dwellers or those who are smell challenged.

There are several websites selling the bran that contains the microorganisms and that talk about how to do this process in your home or even in your office. (One is here.  http://www.bokashicomposting.com/) One of the positives of bokashi composting is that it is able to handle egg shells, citrus, meats and other items that don’t work well when you compost with worms.

Research into using bokashi compost has found that the rapid preparation time (just two to four weeks, versus much longer times – even six months – for composting with worms) and the end product’s viability are great resources for your garden.

According to a report found here http://www.reap-canada.com/bio_and_climate_3_4.htm, “ Research with peanut crops has shown that crops treated with Bokashi fertilizer had higher growth rates, increased nodulation and higher yield than crops treated with chemical fertilizer.”

What a great, non-smelly way to use microorganisms to make your life – and our planet – better!

Go with Your Gut,

The Probulin Team

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Hang with the Popular Gang!

Love this article on the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim – where all the people who care about natural foods gather to market products, share information and generally enjoy an industry that is growing dramatically every year.

Author Leon Kaye talks about how the big, shining star at the expo this year was probiotics. . . in everything. From gum to mints to supplements and foods, probiotics are showing up everywhere.

Last year, he said, Greek yogurt and coconut water were the biggies, but hands down, probiotics won this year.

Excuse me while we here at Probulin take a minute to gloat. It’s nice to see that the United States is starting to understand something that many other countries have known for some time – the bacteria in our gut and throughout our bodies has a tremendous impact on our health.

Want to get in on the action? Check out Profresh Mints probiotic mint – take once daily for a brighter, whiter smile. Not to mention it gives you fresh breath, how can anyone resist?!

Go with your Gut,

The Probulin Team

Probiotics sales to skyrocket worldwide

It seems that many, many people are finding out about the benefits of taking probiotics and that trend is expected to continue. A market researcher found that U.S. per capita spending is expected to double from 2011 through 2016. For more detailed information on that market, click here (http://www.nutraingredients.com/Consumer-Trends/US-per-capita-spending-on-probiotic-supplements-expected-to-nearly-double-by-2016) to read the full article.

The most prominent probiotic market has been drinkable yogurt, followed by spoonable yogurt, and trailing that is supplements. As consumers become more educated to understand that they need supplements are necessary to get enough probiotics – particularly if you’re taking them for a specific disease or illness – that may change.

Either way, we’re excited to see the rising interest in probiotics. Just as 40 years ago very few people took multi-vitamins or fish oil, we think educated consumers will learn there’s a huge place in their daily supplement regimen for probiotics.

Go with your gut,

Probulin Team

This article was originally posted on DrChalla.com by Dr. Shekhar Challa on Feb 13, 2012. With permission by the author we have reposted it on Probulin.com.

Get to Know Your Bacteria

Okay. We throw a lot of probiotics 4-1-1 at you and it may be hard to keep up with all the new information floating around out there. (We try really hard not to bury you in medical-ese!)  So, we at Probulin thought it might be time for a refresher course. Below is a list of helpful bacteria to be on the lookout for!

Lactobacillus acidophilus

L. bulgaricus

L. casei

L. johnsonii

L. reuteri

Bifidobacterium lactis

B. breve

B. infantis

B. longum

Streptococcus thermophilus

Certain foods already contain the probiotics listed above. Here’s a cheat sheet to take to the supermarket!

  • Yogurt | Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus, thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacteria
  • Cheese | Lactobacillus strains (like Gouda in the picture left)
  • Kefir | Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria
  • Pickles, sauerkraut, miso,  and kimchi |Lactobacillus

Hope this helps gets you pointed in the right direction!

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team

Prebiotics: Is that a typo?

Nope, we really mean to say prebiotics and not probiotics. Although you’ve been hearing a lot about probiotics in the media (and certainly on our blog!), prebiotics are starting to get their fair share of attention. Identified in 1995, prebiotics are non-digestible ingredients found in foods that stimulate the growth and/or activity of bacteria that’s already in your digestive system.

So what prebiotics really do is help probiotics work better, feeding them so they grow and flourish. Research is finding that probiotics are more effective when they contain a prebiotic as well (just like Probulin does).

The big three prebiotics are (1) inulin (2) oligofructose, and (3) polydextrose. They’re usually carbohydrates and soluble fibers. Prebiotics:

  • Have healthy bacteria-building potential
  • Have starch and sugar replacement capabilities
  • Improve gut health as fibres or as texturants.

A 2010 research report on prebiotics from UBIC Consulting found that from 1999 to 2010, the U.S. insoluble fibers market grew 120 percent. As research continues to spike on the effectiveness of prebiotics and probiotics, you can expect to see more people adding these important supplements to their diets.

The U.S. already lags behind European countries (and countries like Japan, which has recognized the usefulness of prebiotics since the 1980s) in adding these to our diet. Let’s catch up!

Go with your gut,

The Probiotics Team