Did you know that in your gut there’s a war going on between good and bad bacteria? As Kate Scarlata, registered and licenced dietician, explains “our intestines need a balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria”. When the bacteria in your intestines gets out of balance, from using antibiotics or from illness, your immune systems becomes weakened and digestion issues often occur. To prevent an overgrowth of bad bacteria, maintain a strong immune system, produce vitamins for our body and improve digestion, probiotics from the following foods are beneficial.
You’ve probably heard that yogurt is a great source of probiotics. But, with so many options, how do you know which one to choose? Kate suggests looked for a yogurt that contains both live and active cultures to make sure you’re choosing one that has the best probiotic boost.
Yes, your favorite pickled cabbage topping is a great source of probiotics! Kate says that the benefits of sauerkraut extend beyond the probiotic content because cabbage has nutrition benefits on its own, like helping to prevent cancer. She just cautions to be sure to pick raw sauerkraut over the pasteurized varieties because the pasteurization process kills the beneficial bacteria.
Kombucha is a big trend these days, and for good reason: this popular fermented tea has been used for centuries as a health drink. Kombucha can be brewed at home or store-bought, and is delicious either hot or cold.
Kimchi is a Korean favorite that is similar to sauerkraut but is spicy and slightly sweet. Try mixing it into your favorite stir fry or enjoy it as a rice topping. Bonus: the fermentation makes the cabbage easier to digest!
Next time you’re out for sushi, don’t skip out on the miso soup. Miso soup is made from fermented soybeans, and is a great source of probiotics and other nutrients.
Kefir is similar to yogurt but with a thinner consistency, and is usually sold as a drink. Like yogurt, Kefir is a good option to get your probiotics. Kate reminds us to look for live and active cultures on the label.
We’re always on the lookout for more reasons to eat chocolate, so the fact that you can get a dose of probiotics from chocolate is great! Look for a bar that has added probiotics, such as Attune.
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