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How to Select a Probiotic Supplement for Your Needs

by Makiko Oka-Castro

Before becoming a Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet nutrition consultant a few years ago, I did not understand the use of supplements.  As my GAPS practice and experience increased, I invested much time and effort in researching supplements, with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride as a mentor and soon focused on probiotics. Today, there are many choices of probiotics which makes it difficult for most of us to understand which one to choose for our own gut’s health.

Probiotic means “pro-life” which is contrary to antibiotic which means “against-life”.  Probiotics are the good beneficial bacteria that are offered in fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and yogurt, or as a nutritional supplement, to support our Gut Flora’s health.

It may also take time to strengthen your health enough to take stronger or additional supplements. Although (bad bacteria) die-off reactions are a positive sign of progress with health healing, they can cause great discomfort in some persons, so it is also good to take prudent steps moving forward.  Like anything else that is worth waiting for, patience is a key ingredient for proper healing.

At Natural Healing Artists, Inc. (NHA), our GutforLife.US online store supports our health healing programs by offering supplements that our clients truly value. All of our probiotics were selected after thorough research, and then through their long-term use by many of our weekly clients.  For example, BioKult is a very popular probiotic: however, some clients felt a strong die-off reaction, so we recommended GutPro because it “…does not contain D-Lactate which causes acidosis in some people”, as reported in Probiotic Foods vs Commercial Probiotics, by Becky Plotner, ND. Another example: Some of our clients, who were raised with baby formula, started with Baby Biotic, and then moved up to Adult Biotic, because this approach was easier on their stomach.

Our Natural Healing Artist’s (NHA) website, and GutForLife.US online store, provide interesting information and guidance on natural healing programs and supplements.

Makiko Oka-Castro is the founder of Natural Healing Artists, Inc., located at 32 Union Square E., Ste. 912, in New York City. For more information, email [email protected] or visit and their online supplement store at GutForLife.US.


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