Probiotics: It’s Not Just About Yogurt Anymore

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A question we might seldom ask ourselves is, “Am I getting enough probiotics?” We know they’re important for our digestive health.  There are many health benefits to consuming them, but our knowledge regarding what to eat is usually limited to “yogurt”.  That just doesn’t cut it for everyone! There are many perfect probiotic foods out there.

The benefits of probiotics seem outstanding.  Well, they are!  Your gut is lined by this good bacteria.  They’re what we need for nutrient absorption and immune system support.  Without them it’s possible to experience things like frequent colds and flu, autoimmune disease, skin problems, digestive disorders and candida.  Adding more to your diet can help you improve your immune system, have better breath, increase your energy from production of vitamin B12, among many other benefits.

It’s not as easy for us to get enough probiotics in our diet these days.  Because of modern practices such as using a refrigerator and agricultural practices that are harmful such as soaking our food with chlorine, very few of our foods contain probiotics (or very little when they do). A lot contain antibiotics which kill good bacteria.

Here are some foods that are great for their probiotic qualities:

Kefir
It’s a fermented dairy product that’s similar to yogurt.  It contains anywhere from 10 to 34 strains of probiotics!

Sauerkraut and kimchi

Sauerkraut isn’t diverse in probiotics but highly supports the growth of good bacteria due to its organic acids!  Kimchi is the Korean version of cultured vegetables.  They both aid digestion because they’re high in enzymes.

Kombucha

This is a delicious drink (fermented black tea) and has been around for over 2,000 years!  The main benefits are liver detox, increased energy and digestive support.

Coconut kefir

It’s a wonderful dairy-free option to traditional kefir.  Just add some sweetness and maybe lime juice for a delicious beverage!

Natto

There are very powerful probiotics in Natto.  It’s a popular dish in Japan that consists of fermented soy beans.  The probiotic bacillus subtilis has been proven to be immune system boosting! As if that’s not amazing enough, Natto has a strong anti-inflammatory enzyme called nattokinase.

Yogurt
We all know about it.  It’s the popular one.  When it comes to raw, grass-fed animals and yogurt, it can be considered a top probiotic food.  That’s often not the case, though.  A recommendation is to look for goat’s or sheep’s milk, then make sure it’s grass-fed and then organic.

Kvass

It’s a common eastern European beverage and it uses lactobacilli probiotics. This drink is known for its liver and blood cleansing properties.

Raw cheese

Remember raw and unpasteurized.  Sheep, goat and A2 cow soft cheeses are highest in probiotics.

You’ll receive some great benefits from, bifidus, bulgaricus, acidophilus and thermophillus.

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