Imagine that in one specific area of our bodies there lies a greater number of bacteria than there are cells in the rest of the body. It’s not something you should spend a lot of time pondering, because, this unbelievable statistic already occurs in the human body. While this may come as a shock to some, it’s important to note that not all bacteria is bad bacteria. In fact, there are certain bacteria that our body can wholly benefit from.
Enter probiotics: the “good” bacteria unfortunately tied to the bad reputation bacteria tends to procure. This special type of bacteria is actually akin to the bacteria already found inside of our bodies. We need a healthy mix of these different types of bacteria in order to maintain a healthy immune system, and a better grip on our well being. Unfortunately, poor diet and lack of nutritional knowledge can cause these balances to be out of whack. If an influx of bad bacteria occurs without the proper amount of good bacteria occurs, your body can experience a wide array of symptoms and illnesses, including weight gain, intestinal issues, and chronic health problems.
Thankfully, there are built in solutions all around us. There are many common foods that are rich in probiotics. If consumed in the right quantities, these probiotics can help you to obtain a happier and healthier system. Here, we’ll take a look at 5 probiotics that easily be added to any diet.
Perhaps the most common of the easily accessible probiotic-rich foods, yogurt is a delicious and healthy snack that can pack in the probiotics in one serving. The best kind of yogurt to get is, of course, homemade or live-cultured yogurt. Now, this may not be the easiest to obtain for the average grocery shopper, so an organic or greek yogurt, will be best. Don’t let the sugary names of popular yogurt brands fool you – you’ll want to look for all-natural yogurt that uses goat or sheep milk.
This fermented tea drink starts out as a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, and lives on to be a delicious way to maintain digestive health. Kombucha is gaining popularity in western countries, but has actually been part of Japanese culture for over 2,000 year. The bottled beverage is phenomenal for supplementing healthy bacteria to the gut, and has been known to aid in weight loss.
Apple Cider Vinegar
There are several ways that one can enjoy this probiotic-packed vinegar. Some like to drink a tiny amount each day to boost their immune system, while others who can’t savor the sip prefer to shoot it back as if they were at a pub. An easier way, however, to easily introduce this to your diet is to simply make it into a salad dressing. This tiny amount consumed everyday can aid in better blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight loss.
Used in many German dishes, sauerkraut is a fermented cabbage that actually doesn’t contain a plethora of probiotics. This cultured veggie is rich with helpful organic acids that promote the growth of good bacteria. If German fare isn’t your top choice, you can chow down on its Korean cousin, Kimchi. Benefits of sauerkraut can even include a reduction in certain allergy symptoms.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a sweet treat. Dark chocolate is another powerful food that doesn’t necessarily contain any probiotics but has proven to be an effective carrier for probiotics.
By carefully vetting the food that you place in your diet and adding healthy probiotics to the mix, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle in no time. Continue to check my blog and site for new updates on probiotic and microbiome research.