Probiotic pills cost a lot of money, especially if you need to take them for months or years.
Why take them for so long? Probiotics have trouble re-establishing themselves in the digestive systems of those of us with gut dysbiosis -- and 93% of autistics have this problem.
So what's wrong with gut dysbiosis? If you don't have the right bacteria in your gut, you don't break down food properly, and you don't absorb the foods you eat very well. So even if you eat like a health nut, if you have gut dysbiosis, you're likely to be malnourished.
Why is this a big deal? Well, most autistics see major gains in mental and emotional symptoms, when the gut achieves gains in health.
Why don't probiotics thrive, when there's gut dysbiosis? Well, think of a stagnant pond. You can't get frogs to live there again until you get rid of the toxic wastes flowing into that pond or stuck in the mud, feeding unhealthy bacteria, and creating sludge, bad smells, etc...
If that stagnant pond was our gut, you'd have to clean up the diet and the lining of the gut for the probiotics to survive there again. But cleaning the gut lining can take time and effort -- which is why you can spend a mint on probiotics if you're dealing with autism.
There's a great alternative. And the density and variety and sheer quantity of probiotics in lax-fermented pickles is much, much better than you can get in any pill.
If you eat fermented foods with every meal, you can maximize the breakdown and absorption of foods while going through that lengthy process of cleaning up the gut.
Although there may be periods of time that it's necessary to take a specific probiotic pill in order to shift the bacterial balance in the gut, making these flavourful pickles will save you a mint in long-term probiotic purchases.
This double-sided cheat sheet gives you the critical how-to information, and a list of resources if you want more information or recipes.