I first became aware of lactobacillus l reuteri through what I would call an intuitive dream. I have come to learn that when insights or intuition hits to it is something to pay attention to so when I woke in the middle of the night from a deep sleep with the words lactobacillus l reuteri in my head and the impression/feeling that L reuteri was connected to SIBO I made a point of waking myself up enough to repeat the name lactobacillus L reuteri several times in my head while reminding myself to make sure I remembered the name of this l reuteri probiotic that I had never really heard of or paid any special attention to. (You know you’re a gut health/ nutrition nerd when your dreaming of probiotics lol)
The next morning I woke and immediately typed lactobacillus l reuteri into Dr google to see if indeed there was a connection between l reuteri and SIBO. Lo and behold this specific probiotic actually likes to live in the stomach and small intestine and produces antimicrobial compounds such as reuterin that can prevent the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria that are not meant to thrive in the small intestine or stomach.
The benefits of l reuteri for SIBO, candida, leaky gut, reducing inflammation and inhibiting the colonization of pathogenic microbes and bacteria are truly amazing and worth the research.
L reuteri can be found in the GI tract, urinary tract skin and breast milk in which l reuteri is passed to babies through breast milk. (Never forget the importance of breastfeeding a newborn as nature intended)
In the past few decades, there has been a decrease in the abundance of l reuteri in humans likely due to the modern lifestyle and antibiotic use and improved hygiene where beneficial bacteria are killed off along with the pathogenic bacteria. Recolonizing the GI tract through an l reuteri probiotic or yogurt with l reuteri can help to reverse this problem especially if antibiotics have been used or you were not breastfed.
Some L reuteri benefits include:
Now that is a laundry list of beneficial functions that the l reuteri probiotic provides for improving gut health but the ability of l reuteri to produce antimicrobial compounds such as reuterin that can help to inhibit pathogenic bacteria in the small intestine is a phenomenal quality that has piqued my curiosity and led me to use this probiotic and making my own l reuteri yogurt recipe to enhance the bacterial counts of l reuteri found in BioGaia Gastrus.
How to make l reuteri yogurt with coconut cream and cashews
I like to make a dairy-free l reuteri yogurt with coconut cream and cashews as dairy is often a common food allergen. To make this l reuteri yogurt creamy I added in soaked and blended cashews so that the finished yogurt was nice and thick as I found that when I just used the coconut cream and l reuteri probiotic the yogurt was too runny.
While some people find a coconut cream that produces a nice yogurt that is thick mine was always runny so to rectify this problem I added in blended cashews which results in the yogurt consistency I was looking for.
L reuteri yogurt recipe
1 can coconut cream
1 tbsp rice malt syrup
½ cup soaked cashews
2 tablets of BioGaia Gatrus L reuteri probiotic
Start by soaking ½ a cup of cashews in a cup of water for 6 hours (This helps to soften the cashews to blend up really smooth)
When you are ready to make the L reuteri yogurt be sure to clean all the utensils and a glass jar or jug with hot water and soap then rinsing in very hot water or by pouring boiling water over the utensils.
Open a can of coconut cream and pour into a large mason jar, add in the soaked cashews and 2 BioGaia Gustrus L reuteri probiotic tablets.
Use a sterilized immersion blender to blend up the cashews and probiotic into the coconut cream then screw the lid on top of the jar and let the l reuteri yogurt sit out for 24 hours at room temperature. After 24 hours test the yogurt to see if it has the tangy taste to indicate that the bacteria have turned the coconut cashew cream into yogurt.
The L reuteri yogurt may look a bit runny still but once you put the yogurt into the fridge it will thicken up beautifully.
I like to enjoy this L reuteri yogurt with granola and blueberries or in smoothies for a creamy base.
I also turn this into a probiotic-rich cashew coconut milk by adding in an extra 2 cups of water to the l reuteri yogurt and use instead of almond milk to make my smoothies!
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