We know probiotics are a good form of bacteria found in our digestive system that stimulate natural digestive juice production. But what you may or may not know are the other health benefits they provide, including:
- Boosting the immune system
- Increasing energy from the production of vitamin B12
- Improving breath
- Making healthier skin, since probiotics improve the conditions eczema and psoriasis
- Reducing cold and flu
- Healing from leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease
- Help losing weight
But do you know which types of foods are rich in probiotics to give you these health benefits? Let’s look at a few of the more popular choices.
While most yogurts are beneficial, ones made from goat’s milk are the highest in probiotics, like thermophiles, Bifidus, bulgaricus and acidophilus. Be sure to read the label and stay away from yogurts containing high levels of high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners.
Usually made from fermented cabbage, although some types have other vegetables included too, this naturally high probiotic is also a good anti-allergen and a good source of the vitamins B, A, E, and C. No wonder it tastes so good atop a bratwurst!
3. Dark Chocolate
In addition to being chock full of antioxidants, some of these tantalizing tidbits can contain up to four times more probiotics than many types of dairy. Now you have a healthy reason to indulge in chocolate (in moderation)!
If you have never heard of this food, you are not alone. However, now that you know about it, you should try it as it is proven to increase the amount of lactobacillus and bifidobacterial in the digestive tract. Made from a blue-green alga found in both salt and fresh water, it can be taken as a tablet or added to food as a powder.
5. Miso Soup
A staple of Japanese medicine, it’s commonly used in cooking to regulate the digestive system. Just a tablespoon added to hot water makes a nutrient-rich soup full of lactobacilli and Bifidus bacteria.
Another fermented product of the Far East is a spicy and sour dish made from cabbage and commonly served as part of Korean meals. The probiotics in kimchi help combat aging, maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and strengthen the immune system.
7. Kombucha Tea
While many foods rich in probiotics are foods, this one is a drink. It has been used for centuries in the Far East as a method to increase energy, enhance mood, boost the immune system and lose weight along with stabilizing your digestive system. It is made from tea, sugar, clean water and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts. Because probiotics have so many health benefits attributed to them, it only makes sense to add foods rich in probiotics to your daily menu. The foods listed in this article are only a few of the many that are available, thus giving you choices you’ll never tire of.
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