I’ve been on a probiotic regimen for about two months. I have difficulty swallowing pills, so I’ve been getting most of my probiotics through a combination of Nancy’s probiotic yogurt, which has 56 billion live active cultures per serving, and Goodbelly probiotic fruit drink, which has about half that.
My favorite Nancy’s flavor is the Honey Greek Yogurt, and I ALWAYS get the whole milk yogurt.
Why, you ask? Whole milk yogurt tends to have less sugar than lowfat or nonfat yogurt, it’s thickers, and frankly, it tastes a LOT better. I’m not a huge fan of yogurt—my dad is lactose intolerant, so I grew up in a house without dairy and I never really adjusted to it—so finding yogurt I can stand to eat regularly is important.
For the GoodBelly products, my current favorite is Mango, but there are lots of really good ones. I also like the Blueberry Acai and Pomegranate Blackberry flavors.
A few facts about probiotics
If you haven’t heard about probiotics before, you might wonder what they are and why they’re important. Probiotics are cultures of “good” bacteria which aid digestion. Some (like L. acidophilus) even encourage growth of enzymes for difficult-to-digest food types, like diary.
If your digestive system is in good working order, you may not need to take probiotics regularly (though it can’t hurt), but they can still help when you’re on antibiotics or recovering from a bad stomach bug.
If you do take probiotics, there are things you ought to know. Probiotics in pill form survive better than probiotics in foods. Most food-based probiotics need to be refrigerated to keep the cultures alive. This means that if you do choose to get your probiotics from foods, you should take a higher dose than you would through pills to ensure that enough cultures survive.
RIP Trayvon. I’m sorry you had to live and die by Florida justice. American justice. White justice. Because what happened today was not just. What happened today was evidence that American justice is not blind. American justice sees a 17-year old, unarmed boy in a hoodie, who defends himself against an assailant who stalks him down the street in his own neighborhood, who is then killed by his stalker, and decides that the man who shot him—without cause—is innocent.
As an American, I am ashamed. As a white person, I am horrified. As a human being, I will fight so that Trayvon’s death is not in vain. So that the next time a black teenage boy walks down the street with a bag of skittles in his hand, he will be safe.
"It starts young—you try not to be different just to survive—you try to be just like everyone else—anonymity becomes reflexive—and then one day you wake up and you’ve become all those people—the others—the something you aren’t. And you wonder if you can ever be what it is that you really are. Or you wonder if it’s too late to find out."
—Microserfs, by Douglas Coupland
"Racism is not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others. Black America ever lives under that skeptical eye."
“‘The thing is, a black man can’t be president in America, given the racial aversion and history that’s still out there,’ Cornell Belcher, a pollster for Obama, told the journalist Gwen Ifill after the 2008 election. ‘However, an extraordinary, gifted, and talented young man who happens to be black can be president.’
Belcher’s formulation grants the power of anti-black racism, and proposes to defeat it by not acknowledging it. His is the perfect statement of the Obama era, a time marked by a revolution that must never announce itself, by a democracy that must never acknowledge the weight of race, even while being shaped by it. Barack Obama governs a nation enlightened enough to send an African American to the White House, but not enlightened enough to accept a black man as its president.”