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How to Take (Hide) a Powdered Probiotic

Miessence Probiotic Superfoods gluten free Fast Tract and 26 whole foods In Liven

It’s been almost five years for our family taking one whole foods probiotic supplement, ever since I finally beat back my candida overgrowth after about six months of trying a LOT of things, including a few other commercially available probiotics. Today I get to SHARE with you!

We decided we’d try this one when I had the opportunity to listen in on a teleseminar with the formulator of the Miessence probiotics, a pioneer and expert in the field. I was captivated, and I wanted to try the probiotic he formulated and has been perfecting for over a decade. It’s a powder made of 26 different fermented foods…and it’s green as green can be. (That will come into play soon)

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Why This Probiotic?

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Since the Miessence InLiven probiotic is a bit of a pain to take – because it’s so green (see below for my tricks) – you might ask: “Why this one, Katie? What makes it so special?”

Here are just a few of the reasons:

  • certified organic
  • made with food, made of food
  • includes a prebiotic (food for the healthy bacteria) with the probiotic, which is essential – if the probiotic doesn’t have its own food within the supplement, they’d die before they got to you
  • acid resistant bacteria to ensure safe passage through the stomach and into the intestines and thereby into the bloodstream
  • made with “educated bacteria” – no summa cum laude diplomas exactly, but for 15 years, these bacteria have been stressed out. What I mean is that the creators of the probiotics took the fermenting bacteria and stressed them with things that would kill them so they created natural immunity. They’d grow a colony and douse it with fluoride. When they were almost all dead, they’d take whatever was left and start a new colony, over and over, until the bacteria became completely resistant to the problems, including antibiotics, birth control, steroids, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers and more – those are all the things that kill healthy bacteria, including the ones inside our bodies that we want to stay there. This is a huge step that no one else does with their bacteria.

Besides that, within a short time of taking a teaspoon-ish a day, my candida rash disappeared completely, and my husband’s Crohn’s symptoms also stopped flaring up (and haven’t returned since last fall). Read more about my journey to cure candida naturally HERE.

That was beyond expectations, and I ordered more when we ran out.

I also wasn’t sick that first winter that I started taking this probiotic regularly, even though we had plenty of colds, bronchitis, walking pneumonia, and stomach viruses in the family that winter and two bouts of pneumonia that we cured naturally in my nursing toddler. I took other measures to stay healthy, but this probiotic is probably the only strategy I’d never done in other years. For a while I was the only one in the family taking it every day, but for years it’s been a family affair for sure.

When someone feels a little sick, the first thing I do is give them an extra spoonful.

Some stats on the superfood probiotics, in a recent conversation with Miessence HQ:

  • InLiven averages between 20-40 million CFU’s per gram
    (with 2 teaspoons per serving (we just take one-ish), that’s about 100-200 million CFUs per serving)
  • FastTract averages between 150-240 million CFU’s per mL
    (there are about 5 mL in a teaspoon, so let’s say 750million to 1.2 billion CFUs per normal serving)

To say there is a static number is impossible since the bacteria are alive and vary batch to batch. And although the numbers may seem small compared to laboratory-made probiotics, the QUALITY and ROBUSTNESS of these bugs is incomparable, due to the mother culture being challenged by heat, cold, salt, carbonation, and preservatives that would normally kill probiotics. They are a super-breed of bacteria that can withstand challenges that other probiotics cannot.

Because liquids can hold a much higher concentration of bugs than a dried powder, FastTract is purely a concentrated source of probiotics, great for really hitting an ititial super-dose of probiotics.

The key differences between InLiven and FastTract is that InLiven also has the pre-digested, concentrated prebiotic nutrition from the 26 fermented whole foods. It’s best as the long-term maintenance product.

Who Needs Probiotics?

This post on the effects of antibiotics really clinched in my mind the need for good probiotics in our family, and the follow-up is excellent too. If you’re thinking that you don’t have a digestive issue that would warrant probiotics, you might be surprised. It seems that every time I mention any ailment of any kind on Facebook, I can’t believe the number of times people reply with, “Are you taking a good probiotic?” That always used to intimidate me, because I wasn’t sure what a “good” probiotic meant.

After taking four pages of typed notes as fast as I could keep up on the talk that I heard before trying the probiotic, I feel like I finally know some answers. I’m excited that I got interview the formulator about the subject of probiotics – You can still get the recording if you request it HERE.

tub of powder probiotic

Here are just a few of the facts I wrote down after the teleseminar, just to help you understand who might need a probiotic a bit more:

  • “90% of cells that make up our body are not human cells. Most of them are trillions of microbacteria that make up our…symbiotic relationship with our microbes.”
  • The balance of bacteria should be “85% good and 15% bad. As long we provide the proper environment, the body will heal itself. When you have too much of the bad, your body doesn’t make use of nutrients. You could have the greatest diet in the world and perfect nutritional supplements, but if your bacteria balance is off, you can’t utilize it.”
  • Infants:  Probiotics can be used to support a baby’s developing digestive system. In America 24% of babies are born via C-section and do not go through the birth canal. They miss the opportunity to pick up bifidus bacteria there, and many babies also start life with a broad spectrum antibiotic that sterilizes that early immune system.
  • The elderly: “At age 60, there’s 1000 times fewer friendly bacteria than in younger adults. This causes a susceptibility to bowel disorders and infections; antibiotics are often used, which further damages bacterial balance. It’s especially important for the older generation to be on good probiotics.”
  • People with food sensitivities: “Many food and digestive disorders are really a root cause of not getting probiotics right.”
  • Everyone: “People have 100 trillion cells, and each cell performs 6 trillion functions per second, which means our body is performing 6 to the 26th power functions every second. In all those functions, probiotics are involved. Even if one is missing, no functions happen.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m totally fascinated by all this. Please grab the replay and listen to it on your phone while you’re busy doing all the things moms do!

Some of the questions asked include “What’s better: a supplement or fermented foods?” “Why would someone consider taking probiotics?” and from a reader, “How can a probiotic get through the acidic stomach to the colon to be absorbed?”

Why Hide a Powdered Probiotic Supplement? (Our Family’s Story)

I’ve tried to hide a lot of things in a bowl of yogurt, and the children always notice.

And asking your kid to close his eyes and let you feed him about five bites of applesauce will only work once or twice. Winking smile

Mary Poppins may have had splendid luck with a spoonful of sugar and a happy song and dance, but in my experience, sometimes getting the “medicine down” is quite the difficult parenting song and dance – even when it’s adults taking the medicine! And since the spoonful of sugar would feed the bad bugs we’re trying to fend off by taking probiotics, that’s not really an option here.

You may have heard me talk before about our family’s experiences with cod liver oil, so you know we’re not wimps about things that taste awful (except my DH, who won’t come near the stuff if it’s not in a capsule).

Even with that experience, there was a little learning curve in going from a capsule to a teaspoon of green powder that doesn’t really dissolve in liquid…because it’s food, not sugar or salt or any crystalline substance.

InLiven in yogurt

Tasty looking stuff, isn’t it?

This was my first attempt at getting it down. I mixed the powdered probiotic into the yogurt after taking this picture, but there’s a definite taste to the probiotic, and for me, it just ruined my yogurt so that I couldn’t enjoy it. In general, my philosophy with things that don’t taste very good is “less is more,” so mixing it into something else that then requires 10-15 bites instead of just one is never preferable. I figure it’s always easier to take one or two really yucky bites of something than a whole bowl that tastes mostly yucky.

Ultimately, this probiotic has too much flavor to mix into either yogurt or applesauce. Others that don’t taste like anything would be good candidates for the mix-it-in treatment, with applesauce generally hiding things slightly better than yogurt, perhaps because there’s some texture.

For my 4-year-old daughter, I tried putting a bit on a spoonful of applesauce and covering it with a bit more applesauce to somewhat encapsulate it. I wasn’t very adept at the covering process, but I don’t know that it would have mattered. The 4-year-old girl made quite a face and said, “That’s awful!” but she got it down and accepted another bite the next day, even though it was still awful. She’s a tough cookie!

Mixing it into straight water is also not so great because it’s really quite gritty, and just not for me.

The easiest way to get the probiotic in is to whiz it up in a smoothie, but unless you’re making smoothies for one, it’s hard to gauge exactly how much people are getting in each serving. (Although you could fairly easily mix a spoonful into individual servings as I don’t think the blender is doing anything particularly magical in the mixing process.)

I discovered my favorite method as quite a surprise, considering I thought it was awful in water.

Here’s what I do:

how to take Miessence InLiven probiotic powder - ice

ice in the glass…

eye up a teaspoon of probiotic powder in the glass

eye up about a teaspoon of the probiotic powder…

how to take Miessence In Liven probiotic powder with something that tastes good

pour in water kefir – this is our cherry-flavored version, but I prefer lemon with the green stuff…

mix best probiotic powder in with a fork

mix heartily with a fork…

how to take Miessence InLiven probiotic powder

…drink!

The green granules don’t really dissolve at all, so they’ll start settling almost immediately. I keep stirring as I go and expect that my last few sips will be very heavy on the grit. Sometimes I need to pour in another splash of liquid to clean out the bottom of the glass.

I’m to the point where I actually enjoy the flavor, at least while mixed with the kefir. If you don’t make water kefir, I highly recommend water with a squeeze of lemon as the delivery vehicle, preferably with ice. I don’t know why ice makes a difference in the enjoyment factor, but somehow it does. (If you’re interested in water kefir, another way to get probiotics into your family for cheap, here’s my latest how-to video.)

John, 19 months, loves everything Momma has, so he’ll happily sip quite a bit of this mixture and probably gets a good dose of probiotics for his little body.

For the big kids, who take the probiotic too, we offer the liquid version, called FastTract, which is formulated similarly but is gluten-free (the powder has fermented wheatgrass in it). I like that because I can just put a bit on a spoon without having to plan out how I’m going to mix the powdered form with something else, etc., etc.

Since it’s fermented, there’s some mild carbonation going on. My kids think it tastes like pop, which is pretty awesome and really helps my cause.

What About Probiotics at School?
School Lunch probiotic smoothie in a Squooshi

When school started, I felt like my hands were tied – in the hustle and bustle of dinner, I almost never think about supplements, and suddenly my kids were far far away from me at lunch! What’s a real food mama to do when you want to get supplements into the kiddos at two different times of day?

Sneak them in the lunch box, that’s what. Winking smile

If you’re a smoothie maker, no doubt you’ve already figured out that “smoothie” is the modern day word for “Trojan horse” when it comes to getting good stuff into your family: kale, spinach, sweet potato, coconut water, maybe some hemp or chia seeds, and often kelp powder will make appearances in our smoothies – along with the powdered probiotic, which is even less expensive than the liquid, win-win!

Once all that good stuff is in a smoothie, it’s really not that hard to think about sending supplements to school – and most of the time your kids will think you’re sending a treat!

My kids love their Squooshi pouches (above) and the Kinderville popsicle molds, and I’m telling you – it’s really all about presentation. I sent a smoothie this week that had been frozen in glass 1-cup containers simply because I ran out of the fun packaging. Both came home half eaten. Apparently spoons are way too boring. 

So make your power-packed smoothie, freeze in fun containers and send probiotics with happy children to school!

Don’t worry about killing the probiotics by freezing, by the way. I can vouch that I’ve made yogurt from a starter that had been frozen for months and months, and it still worked – proof in the pudding that the bacteria were still alive after their deep freeze.

To recap, the best ways to take a powdered probiotic are:

  1. Use the liquid for kids – it only takes a tiny serving!
  2. Whiz in a smoothie, perhaps individually by the glass (or frozen in a school lunch).
  3. Mix into water kefir or lemon water.
  4. Mix into one bite of applesauce.
Do you already take a probiotic? Why did you start? What questions do you have about probiotic supplements?

Disclosure: I am a “rep” for Miessence because I use the products, want to share them with my readers, and hope to get my own products more or less covered (and you can, too). So those links go to my “store” and Lacey will be the rep who answers all your questions. I wouldn’t have signed up for the program if I wasn’t using the probiotics regularly myself though. See my full disclosure statement here.

Unless otherwise credited, photos are owned by the author or used with a license from Canva or Deposit Photos.

21 thoughts on “How to Take (Hide) a Powdered Probiotic”

  1. I have tried to place an order using your link more than a few times and have had trouble. First I had to go to my bank for it to go through because the company is in Australia. Once I did that the order still would not take. I did send the company a message hoping that they would respond before the end of the night, so I could get the order to go through, but that did not happen. I would appreciate any help you could give, so the next time I contact my bank for the order to go through it does.

    Thank you so much for your time and all you do!

  2. Hi Katie,
    I’ve just spent over an hour on the Miessence website and I still don’t think I understand what it means to sign up as a Lifestyle member. I’m not ready to purchase one of the large starter packs to be a representative, but I would like possibly to be a Lifestyle member. Are you able to help me understand what initial investment is required to be a Lifestyle member and where the signup for this choice is on the website?
    Thanks for this great probiotic info! I’m ready to buy some today for my almost 6 year old who is struggling with hives/rashes/eczema.

  3. yes, already a subscriber of the KS Monthly Newsletter. Thank you for all that you do! 🙂

  4. Hi. I have an infant niece who is a preemie, 9/8 months adjusted. She has a lot of digestive issues, coughing, vomiting, reflux with eating. Put on g tube feeding. Is there any recommendation for probiotics that would help an infant with some of these issues, that we could bring to the doctor’s attention? Thx! Or any insights or thoughts on this?

    1. Hi Wendy!
      I actually just posted last week about an infant/child probiotic that my littlest one takes regularly, and I hope you find some hope reading the testimonials after you click through to WellBelly: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=50784&action=edit

      God bless your little niece and her parents as they work toward building her gut! Katie

  5. Thanks for the opportunity Katie. I’d love to try all of their products! I do want to try making coconut kefir and yogurt soon.

  6. I have a newborn who was born via c-section. Is it ok to give him the liquid inliven probiotic? He seems to be having a lot of bellyaches & I’m scared he may have acid reflux. What would be your recommendation?

    1. Arlene,
      I’m really not qualified to answer your question, I’m so sorry. Personally I’d start with taking it myself, if you’re nursing. And talk to a doctor and bring the ingredients list – also WellFuture has an infant probiotic: http://wellfuture.com/
      Katie

    2. Hi! I’m not qualified either but I thought I’d mention that my midwife had me just dip my finger in probiotic powder and let my newborn suck it to help him with weight gain. He started gaining weight right away.

  7. Sort of overwhelmed…just now starting to nail down my hubbys gluten sensitivity, and avoiding a lot of gluten for the rest of us. I am realizing we really need a probiotic. Hubby is seeming MORE sensitive to any little gluten that finds its way in (he eats no so great as he travels for work :/), and is getting discouraged that he is having issues when avoiding so much! I think a probiotic will help…I was thinking of adding in one, but it seems like you are getting it in multiple places (ex: kefir WITH powdered probiotic). How important is it to get in that many ways?? Is one good supplement enough or do we need fermented foods, yogurt (hubby doesn’t eat it), kefir/kombucha as well??

    1. Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Nicole,
      I’m so sorry to hear about your hubby’s challenges, and by proxy, yours. It’s so tough! But worth it; keep up the good work!

      I hope you got to listen to the call! If not, you can still get the recording here: http://www.kvorganics.com/inliven-raffle/

      What I took away from the call was that if you’re eating a lot of fermented foods, you eat less InLiven (or whatever probiotic). But it’s not like you have to vary your source, no – especially with InLiven, because it IS already food and has 12 strains of probiotics, so it’s everything you need. Your hubby would want the FastTract b/c it’s gluten free though. Hopefully the increased sensitivity is a sign that you’re doing something good and starting the healing process – a lot of healing signs are counterintuitive!

      🙂 Katie

      1. I didn’t make the call, but the recording is sitting in my inbox! Hopefully we will get a chance to sit down and listen soon.
        That’s encouraging to hear that we might actually be headed in the right direction 🙂

  8. I am wondering why you go to the trouble of trying to hide the powdered probiotic in different foods if the liquid one is easier to take. Is the powdered one better for you?
    Thanks!

    1. Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Terri,
      Good question! I guess I didn’t say in the post, did I – but the powdered one is less expensive, at least per container. I just realized that I should figure out how many teaspoons are in the liquid version for a real comparison, since I had been under the impression that the tub of powder was 30 servings/30 days, but I actually weighed a teaspoon’s worth and there are actually 53 teaspoons in a tub. So. Now to do some math and figure out volume! 😉 I think the powdered probiotic has more “superfoods” going on, too, but now I have another question for Czerral on Thursday…thanks! 🙂 Katie

  9. Lisa @ A Little Slice of Life

    I really need to get some probiotics but this post also has me wanting to make some kiefer water.

  10. I’m very interested in this topic and did some research on the company. I unfortunately won’t be able to make the call (although I am registered and looking forward to listening), but do have a question I hope you’ll ask: The website does not talk about who is formulating these supplements. I’m interested to know the credentials of the people developing them. And, also, I have a question for you, Katie. You spoke of taking this probiotic and not getting sick despite all the bugs going around in your family….did the probiotics not help the rest of your family? Or were they not taking them at that time? Thanks so much!

    1. Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Tracy,
      Great questions, both –

      Czerral, who will be on the interview, is the formulator, and I have his bio – some key points:

      * In 1979 he became well known for his exclusive role in introducing Spirulina to the world market
      * featured guest speaker at many of the National Health Federation conferences
      * In 1984 he was involved in a cancer research program initiated with Harvard University.
      * Starting in 1995 he directed all of his studies and research into this field becoming one of the foremost teachers on the significance of “Pro‑biotics and Organic Nutrient Saturation”.

      As for my family, no, they weren’t all taking the probiotic all winter, probably just since late January – and I can’t say that the probiotic kept me healthy, because who knows what does that, you know, there are SO many factors, but I realized looking back that I was able to dodge all the virus bullets this winter so far and was pleased.

      🙂 Katie

  11. Do you take probiotics every day? I’m currently on antibiotics and I thought I was supposed to wait until after the antibiotics were done to take probiotics. I’ve never taken them, but I want to start!

    1. Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Angela,
      Yes, I do, and I tried to keep my husband taking them twice a day after a round of antibiotics in December. It probably wouldn’t help to start during the abx because (I think?) the probiotics would just be killed off too, but as soon as the abx are finished, it’s definitely recommended that you, you know – “take a good probiotic.” 😉 Katie

  12. I am so excited to listen to this! We are thinking my husband has some signs of candida and really need to get on a good probiotic. I eat a lot of yogurt but he hates it so it’s hard to get anything fermented into him. Smoothies will definitely help in the summer, but if we’re going to really boost our immunity and kick the candida we need a lot more than that.

    1. Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship

      Cait,
      Good for you! And from what I understand, as someone who used to rely on yogurt alone for our family’s probiotics, the amount of probiotics in yogurt is dwarfed by any supplement. Yogurt can’t really make up for the deficiencies in our soil, etc., even when you’re eating a great diet. See you Thursday! 🙂 Katie

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