“Probiotics” have become a very popular, new nutritional trend. “Probiotics” is all the rave these days. Every day it seems a new product enters the market carrying the label “probiotic”. You heard it many times now, probiotics are supposed to be good for you.
But what really are probiotics? And why are they supposed to be good for you?
The concept of probiotics is not new to science and been studied for almost a century now. But an increasing number of scientists are taking probiotics more serious these days as indicated by a flurry of scientific studies being conducted with and around probiotics. Is there a scientific basis supporting the hype and promise of probiotics? Are all probiotics made the same way and equally good? If not, which ones are better for you? And lastly … what can possibly be good about seemingly smelly, sour, often nasty looking products purposely carrying bacteria or yeast in it? Aren’t all bacteria bad for you? Why then probiotics? Is water kefir a probiotic?
If those are some of the questions you had before visiting our website. Keep reading!
Well, even though we do not claim having the correct answers to all those important questions, but let’s simply start by saying it again….probiotics ARE good for you! And that for many reasons. Let’s begin with the name itself. Probiotic derives from Latin, meaning ‘for life’. As the name implies probiotics are foods containing tiny life forms (“bios”) offering certain health benefits (“Pro”) for other forms of life, aka, us humans. Looking back in time and at different cultures around the world, probiotics have been around and consumed by humans for a very long time. Humans have been eating and/or drinking probiotics foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, yoghurt, apple cider, kefir, kwass, kombucha, tepache, and kumis (to name just some of the more prominent ones), long before modern science helped us to become aware of the existence of microorganisms found in those fermented foods.
According to ancient legends, yoghurt most likely resulted from the (unintentional) fermentation happening within animal skin bags which were used for transportation of water and milk in regions of Middle Asia and the Middle East. So, the history of probiotics, especially yoghurt and kefir, is very intertwined with human evolution and can be traced back to the ancient times, nearly 10,000 years ago.
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So, looking at the greater picture, probiotics may become an ever more important nutritional solution and an affordable path forward towards disease prevention at a time characterized by the emergence of many antibiotic-resistant microbes and an increasing appearance of neurodegenerative diseases.
We at Hebe Kombucha hope that you enjoy our flavorful, great tasting water kefir creations as much as we have been doing for quite a while now.
Cheers to Wellbeing!