Probiotics are all the rage these days. But do you really need them in your daily routine? The answer is yes! It may sound strange to incorporate bacteria in your diet, but it helps you tremendously. There are good and bad bacteria in your body and probiotic rich foods and drinks help replenish the healthy bacteria in your body, which help your immune system and improve the quality of your digestive system, which can help ease uncomfortable symptoms. If you’ve suffered from frequent digestive issues, get sick easily or are taking antibiotics, you should consider adding probiotics to your daily routine. Probiotics are made by fermenting foods or can be found in many different kinds of supplements. They even come in gummy form now. You’ll want to look for probiotics with ingredients like Lactobacillus acidofilus and bifidobacteria.
Here are some foods and drinks that have probiotics if you don’t want to take a supplement:
- Yogurt is the most popular choice for friendly bacteria.
- Kombucha or Kefir. Kombucha is made by fermenting tea and Kefir is made by fermenting milk. Kombucha is a bubbly and refreshing drink and Kefir tastes more like a smoothie.
- Sauerkraut and Kimchi. These are made by fermenting veggies like cabbage and are great for you. They contain vitamin B so they give you energy and help your immune system.
- Dark chocolate! Look for dark chocolate with probiotics at your local natural health food store. Count me in!
- Miso is a Japanese seasoning that is made by fermenting rye, rice or barley and it makes a great soup, sauce or dressing. You may have tried the popular dish, miso soup.
- Pickles can also be found with probiotics when they have been pickled using a lacto fermentation process so ask around at your natural health food store.
- Tempeh is a great plant-powered protein that is made by fermenting soybeans using a friendly fungus. They are great for digestion and a perfect choice for those who don’t eat meat.
- Soft cheeses like Gouda or probiotic rich milks are also a great choice for adding some good bacteria to your gut if you don’t have trouble digesting dairy.
Have you ever taken probiotics as a supplement or eating probiotic rich foods or drinks? Share with us your experiences and if they have helped you or not!