When talking Health Trends, it’s impossible to overlook probiotics.
More than just a trend, these supplements have (rightfully) taken over health headlines over the past several years because of the inextricable link between our gut health and our overall health.
This article is not only a review of a probiotic I have used and loved, but also a primer on how probiotics work, how to use them, and more.
Read on for tips on gut health, my review on Kashaya Probiotics and why this health trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
There’s no shortage of press on the benefits of adding more good bacteria to your gut. But what’s really confusing is deciding which one to take.
I, for one, have tried lots of brands and delivery systems over the years. The ones I took were usually in capsule form, and they work great.
But I decided to add another form of probiotics into my routine. A recent gut panel I did was, well, let’s say less than stellar. I mean, after an entire childhood of ear infections being treated with antibiotics, followed up by a period of ten years as an adult where every time I had a sinus infection I’d get a Z-pack, it was a literal disaster zone in my gut.
It’s strange, because I never experienced symptoms of leaky gut or bad digestion. But this panel revealed I had some serious work to do to get my gut health to where it should be.
Enter Kashaya Probiotics.
It always starts at home, and for Kashaya Probiotics founder Anjali Pati, it was no different. Her mom is an integrative doctor, so she was raised in a health-conscious environment where she says topics like grounding, EMF, supplementation and more were regular dinner table talk.
Anjali went to school in Portland for naturopathy after graduating college. What inspired her the most was understanding the microbiome, and how integrated it is with every aspect of our health. She says from the organ systems to the GI tract to more, the microbiome is responsible for keeping health in check.
So she became interested in creating a bio-available food probiotic that can work better in the system.
She focused on the bacteria strains we get from our mothers at birth, mixing it with prebiotics to keep those good bacteria alive, to come to their current formulation.
The basic difference between a living probiotic like Kashaya, and an encapsulated one, is the delivery system.
With Kashaya, they’re mixing the probiotic strain in with the coconut milk, fermenting it for over 24 hours with a proprietary process, and it stays in this delivery system until you ingest it. Anjali says, “The more multiplication that happens throughout that process, the higher CFU count.”
Add to that the fact that they ferment at around the same temperature of the body, which means that it’s more bio-available–i.e. ready to work–when it gets into your system.
Anjali says there are a lot of things it does when a good probiotic hits your system.
1 – It colonizes the esophagus, digestive system and more, with that beneficial bacteria.
2 – It “eradicates the bad bacteria,” which is why she says when you eat a lot of it, you may notice an upset stomach or loose stool.
But Anjali says that’s not bad! It just means your body is feeling the effects of the bacteria a little quicker. This bad bacteria “die off” is the start to the process.
3 – It starts to seal the gut lining.
She says if you experience leaky gut or any issues with gut lining, the good bacteria get in there and “seal the gaps.”
Anjali says this will differ for everyone because our gut health is so dependent on our diet. But usually, she says customers can see an improvement in their health in 6-8 weeks.
And beyond that, don’t stop! Anjali says to continue to see the impact of a good probiotic, you should stay on it to help keep your system healthy.
Anjali says to monitor if your leaky gut is healing, the main thing you’ll notice is better digestion overall.
You might notice more regular bowel movements, less bloating, less constipation, and an overall feeling that your stomach is at peace.
But healing leaky gut can take time, so she suggests taking a digestion panel before and after doing a probiotic routine to gauge your process. (I use the Viome testing kit to monitor my gut health.)
Timing is everything, and this also goes for your probiotic routine!
Since you want nothing to get in the way of the power of your probiotic, the best way to take it, Anjali says, is to take it about a half hour before eating, or after you’ve fully digested.
And also, don’t drink any hot liquids after taking your probiotic, which can impact its effectiveness.
The short answer to this is, yes. Everyone is different, but many pediatricians will recommend a probiotic to ensure good gut health in children.
Anjali says it’s never too early to boost your child’s immune system with a good probiotic, though she says since Kashaya has coconut milk in it, to not give it to infants younger than 6 months.
Of course talk with your doctor, integrative doctor, or health advisor to find out what would be best for your kids.
When I was nursing, I would take a powder probiotic and put it on my nipples just before they latched, to make sure they got some probiotics in their system. (Our first was born via emergency C-section in an absolutely insane 34-hour labor, and I was ultra conscious about gut health even back then!)
These days, now that my kids are 8, 6 and 3, I give them their own probiotic tablet designed for kids, as well as Kashaya yogurt.
In some ways, Kashaya is easier to give young kids than a chewable tablet, because it’s so similar in taste and consistency to yogurt.
Here’s How to Give Your Kids Kashaya:
Take about two heaping tablespoons of Kashaya and put it into a small glass.
Add in a half teaspoon of fresh fruit preserves.
Ahip it up with this handheld milk frother to make it nice and fluffy, and give them their morning smoothie.
Try it! It works! The kids love starting their day with a little treat.