Archive / January, 2014

How To Test Your Probiotics Supplement For Live Active Cultures

Do Your Probiotics Have Live Active Cultures?

Here is the Nerd Organics how to guide on testing your probiotcs supplements for live active cultures.  Here is what you need:

  • two containers (ie bowls, cups, jars)
  • two probiotic supplement pills
  • milk

1.  Pour a quarter cup of milk into each of the two jars
2.  Break open the probiotic supplement pills and pour the contents into one jar
3.  Leave the other jar as is with only milk
4.  Let the jars sit out at room temperature for 24 hours

The jar with the added probiotics should have started to change consistency and possibly color.  You may also notice a change in smell. A slight curd should have started to form.  If you don’t see any changes, then your probiotics cultures are dead.  The jar with the milk and no probiotics should have no changes.  It’s very common for store bought probiotics to have dead cultures.  There is no FDA oversight on probiotics thus, no guidelines on what is and isn’t acceptable.  Buyer beware.  The best choice is to make your own homemade probiotics with the Nerd Organics make your own homemade probiotcs kit.

Test Probiotics For Live Active Cultures

Lacto Fermented Pickles Recipe


Lacto Fermented Pickles Recipe

  • 4-5 pickling cucumbers or 15-20 gherkins
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, snipped
  • 2 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 cup filtered water
  1. Wash cucumbers well and place in a quart-sized wide mouth jar.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over cucumbers, adding more water if necessary to cover the cucumbers. The top of the liquid should be at least 1 inch below the top of the jar. Use of a bpa free glass fermentation weight is recommended.
  3. Cover tightly and keep and keep at room temperature for about 3 days before transferring to cold storage. If the batch is not ready per taste, let it ferment longer.

Let us know how you liked our lacto fermented pickles recipe!

Interesting Study Links Probiotics With Helping Infant Gut Disorders And Colic

The study of probiotics and gut health continues to grow and become mainstream. You are starting to hear health care professionals and pharmacists mention probiotics for children, which was unheard of in the past. The result, less episodes of sickness, gas, colds, etc.

Rachael Rettner from LiveScience (01/13/2014):

Providing probiotics, or “good bacteria,” to healthy infants shortly after they’re born may reduce the development of gastrointestinal disorders and prolonged crying episodes later in life, a new study from Italy suggests.

In the study, newborns that received a daily dose of the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri had fewer episodes of inconsolable crying (colic), constipation and regurgitation (reflux) at age three months compared to newborns given a placebo.

Use of probiotics also had benefits in terms of reducing health care expenses, such as money spent on emergency department visits, or money lost when parents took time off work. On average, families with infants that took probiotics saved about $119 per child, the researchers said.