There’s so much to be said, and a lot that has been, about probiotics in food. So, in order to make things a little less boring (because you know we’re not about that life at Love Organics), a little easier to read and to make it much easier to absorb the information, we’ve split our probiotic info up into parts. That way, you get informed about all the good stuff we put into our gorgeous ferments, but you don’t have to read for 3 hours to get it. We know you’re busy, we are too (making those ferments, obviously) but we still want you to know exactly what you’re putting into your body that’s making you feel so damn good!
Our first cab off the rank for the probiotic series is Lactobacillus Plantarum (LP). Now, even though this sounds a bit like a Latin space cow, we promise it’s really good for you. One of three strains of probiotic we have in all our ferments and what contributes to giving you that great feeling you get after eating one of our delicious fermented options. So, whether you’re a Ruby Kraut gal, a Fennel Kraut dude or a classic Kimchi kinda guy, you can rest easy knowing that no matter which one you choose, you’re going to be getting the right stuff for your body.
Did you know that research suggests that 8% of Australians suffer from functional constipation? And, with our changing lifestyles, diets and ways that our food is processed, this number is expected to increase significantly in the next few years. We can’t just let you walk around like nothing’s wrong when you’re blocked and feeling sluggish! That’s where Lactobacillus Plantarum (our beloved Latin Space Cow) comes in. This stuff is the bees knees at ensuring you’re keeping regular, which, if you weren’t aware, is anything from 1 to 3 times per day, to 3 times a week! As long as those stools are soft and easily passed then you know you’re doing the right thing and your body is thanking you for it. The reason that LP is able to do this is because it lives primarily in your large intestine and urinary tract (1) and stimulates your digestive and immune systems.
It’s a gun at fighting off disease causing bacteria, which is why it perches itself right where it needs to be in order to rev up your immune system and help your body produce the vitamins it needs to fend off nasty, unwanted bacteria.
We mentioned that around 8% of people in Australia have functional constipation, well that has a lot to do with the way that our foods are cooked and produced (2). When we heavily process foods or cook them at high temperatures, we start to wipe out their inherent, raw goodness. That isn’t to say that your cooked dinner tonight isn’t healthy, but when you add in some delicious, raw fruit and vegetables then you increase your access to natural LP, which is one of nature’s most easily found wild biota, a gift from Mother Earth. However, we all lead super busy lives. We need food on the go that both nourishes us and keeps us in good health, and the sad fact is that that sort of food is hard to come by. If we don’t keep giving ourselves access to good biota like LP, it literally is flushed down the toilet.
Fact: a study found that over 30% or up to a third of our faecal waste is core microbiota! (3) If we could remove all that biota in a healthy person’s gut it would weigh about 3kg on average! We could make a whole lot of poo jokes, but let’s be honest, they stink (sorry, sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves). But what doesn’t stink is our Love Organics’ ferments and what they do. We help to replenish that vanishing microbiota and get your gut health back at peak performance.
LP is found in many varieties of fermented foods, and ours is no exception. However, our LP is 100% vegan, organic Australian made and TGA approved. Which means that you can be certain that when you pop a mouthful of Kimchi, Fennel Kraut or Ruby Kraut into your body, you’re going to be getting the best of the best of that probiotic goodness.
So, we’ve talked up our LP, we’ve told you a fraction of its benefits and we’ve informed you of where it comes from before it winds up in our ferments, but we still haven’t gotten to the end of all the cool stuff that LP does for your body. That’s what Part Two is for. Read on to find out all about the scientific-y brain and gut connection broken down into readable language that will allow you to make informed, happy and beneficial decisions about your health and wellbeing.
We LOVE bringing you well researched and informative articles that help you to make healthy decisions and form great habits, but we’re not doctors. Sadly, for our mums, we never have been, we’re just really passionate about holistic health. But our information and advice is not intended as a substitute for professional or personal medical advice and should not be relied upon as such. Always seek allied professional medical guidance should you have any health concerns or a medical condition.info