Yogurt, Kefir and My PCOS Diagnosis
by Conscious Consumer
I really like your site. I stumbled upon it when I was diagnosed with PCOS some odd years ago. I read your newsletters and find them quite helpful for people who have just been diagnosed and really need to change dietary habits.
I have since changed my lifestyle completely, dismissing most/all cosmetics, eating unprocessed local natural foods, the whole WAPF-style eating.
As I read your last newsletter I was pleased to see that the gut dysbiosis issue was addressed. Your recommendation for probiotics was a bit appalling though. Which probiotic do you recommend? You have said:
"Yogurt and kefir have bacteria, but the amount and variety is insufficient for our purposes."
According to my research (which come from many sources over many, many years ): -- supplemental probiotics have a set number when they are manufactured (usually found on label: the amount listed "at time of manufacture"), which means that some of the probiotics could actually be less-than-effective because some could die-off or not be viable through transport to the store/temperature changes etc.
Yogurt and Kefir are actually LIVING foods which means that all of the bacteria are STILL ACTIVE thereby giving the consumer the full probiotic benefit of the multi-strain bacteria that are contained in these nourishing beneficial foods.
These are ancient foods that people consumed and are regarding as health-promoting...when only a teaspoon of yogurt is used to make a new batch of yogurt out of a liter of milk, according to regular biology 101, the colony of bacteria have grown in the milk and turned it into yogurt!
Just because we cannot actually count how many bacteria are being consumed does not mean it is less-than-effective, maybe it means they are TOO MUCH to count!
Consuming a food item (bacteria living in its own environment) is more intuitive than consuming a lab-made item (bacteria grown and packaged in a pill).
Please review/research this topic and edit this in your next newsletter.
Still, good work overall.