What are probiotics and why do you need them?
Probiotics are the good bacteria that promote a strong immune system and digestive health. These microorganisms lend these benefits because they help to create a balance between the good and bad bacteria that live in the gut. They are vital for digestive health as they assist in moving food through the digestive tract by way of affecting the nerves in control movement.
Health benefits, along with a stronger immunity, can include:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Inflammatory bowel disease
Help to prevent allergies
How to include probiotics in your diet
1. Cultured Yogurt
Eating grass fed organic Greek yogurt ensure that your yogurt is the best possible source of probiotics. If you happen to like the taste of sheep or goat milk yogurt, all the better as it has even more live cultures that are good for you.
2. Fermented Vegetables
Sauerkraut and kimchi are both up there in probiotics that support the flourishing of friendly bacteria. They also are high in digestive enzymes.
This fizzy Japanese drink with a weird name is gaining ground in popularity and is now sold in nearly every supermarket. Kombucha is fermented black tea containing good bacteria and yeast. It touts the benefits of increased energy levels, improved digestive health, and detoxification of the liver.
This Japanese spice is used in dishes such as the popular miso soup. It’s made of fermented soybeans, brown rice or barley and mixed with a fungus known as koji.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a mixture of diverse probiotics. Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can help to control your blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes. Use sparingly, a little goes a long way. 1 spoonful a day is enough. Mix with water and drink or use on foods and salads.
Probiotic supplements are available at any health food or grocery store. They can be a great addition to your daily regimen though getting what you need through real whole foods is always the best idea.
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