Raw, adjective: 1. uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.

A word on probiotics.

Everywhere I turn these days I keep running into more chatter about how important they are. Probiotics are, you know, the beneficial bacteria that hang out in your digestive tract and make things happen smoothly. They help your body absorb nutrients and support immunity, and since whole-body health is really centered in your digestion, they're really important to you feeling energized and well overall.

If you take a lot of antibiotics, which can often offset the balance of good and bad bacteria in your digestive tract, you especially need to get on the probiotic bandwagon. The downside is that you can really only get them from some more obscure fermented foods: sauerkraut, pickled veggies, yogurt, kefir, miso and aged cheeses. Um. Yeah. Not exactly high up on the list of prana-enhancing fresh raw choices.

Which is why your daily dose of kombucha is so important. Synergy (or a comparable brand) claims probiotic content of 1 billion Lactobacillus Bacterium and the same of S. Boulardii. My acupuncturist says she takes a probiotic supplement first thing every morning, but I'd much rather just haul a 'buch around and get my bacteria that way.

So drink up.


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