Probiotics are important in digestion. But when we take medicine, the chemicals destroy both the bad bacteria and the good bacteria. The balance of probiotics is disrupted. While it’s possible to get probiotic supplements, you can get it naturally through some food. Here are easy ways to get more probiotics into your diet.
Get yogurt that contains live and natural cultures (check the label). Usually natural yogurts are free of artificial flavors and are therefore healthier than those that contain sugar and syrup, especially if you are watching your blood sugar.
This is an Asian fermented tea that is taken either hot or cold. It is sold in Asian stores and supermarkets. Aside from helping digestion it is also known for increasing energy levels.
Miso soup is rich in both probiotics and protein. The tofu and vegetables are also a great source of vitamins and minerals. Those watching their weight will also be happy to hear that it’s low in calories.
Look for fortified soy milk that contains live and active cultures, as stated in label. Otherwise soy milk will only have a small amount of probiotics.
This is similar to yogurt but has milk-like qualities. It is rich in both vitamins and probiotics and is an excellent ingredient in a smoothie. Look for it in groceries.
Sauerkraut and pickles
While pickled cabbage is an acquired taste it is full of nutrients and probiotics. Serve it on hotdogs or with salads. Or if you hate sauerkraut you can try pickles, which is also great with a hotdog and burger, or even eaten straight out of a jar.
Oh what a divine way to get probiotics! It contains both probiotics and antioxidants so make it a guilt-free way to end a delicious and heavy meal.
Add olives to your salad or main meal! These are not naturally rich in probiotics bu they are soaked in probiotics, which penetrate its skin.