Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts in which boast a plethora of health benefits. Probiotics are often described as ‘friendly’ or ‘good’ bacteria, and there is good reason or this. Just some of the benefits of adding extra probiotics to one’s diet include:
- The creation of a stronger immune system
- Improved Digestion
- An increase in energy from production of vitamin B12
- Better breath because probiotics destroy candida
- Healthier skin. Probiotics can treat eczema and psoriasis
- Reduced risk of cold and flu virus’
- Healing from leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases
- Weight loss
But where can you find extra probiotics? Here are just some of the greatest probiotic foods and drinks to consider…
Kefir: Kefir is quite similar to yoghurt. It is a fermented dairy product that is made up of a unique combination of milk and fermented kefir grains and has been enjoyed by people for over 3,000 years. Kefir is created by the fermentation of milk by the bacteria and yeasts in kefir break down lactose in the milk, meaning it is even a good choice for those who are lactose intolerant. The taste of kefir can be slightly acidic and tart and can contain anywhere from 10 to 34 strains of probiotics. For more information on kefir, you can visit: https://happykombucha.co.uk/collections/milk-kefir
Kombucha: Kombucha is a tea like drink in which many people have been enjoying for over 2,000 years, originating from Japan and then spreading to Russia before becoming available worldwide. The primary health benefits of kombucha are known to be digestive support, increased energy and liver detoxification. Kombucha is available to purchase from stores, but similar to kefir it can also be made at home in order to suit individual exact needs and requirements.
Sauerkraut: Sauerkraut is made from fermented cabbage and other vegetables, it perhaps does not offer as much of a diverse range of probiotics than other options, however it definitely supports the growth of good bacteria. Popularly enjoyed with sausages and green vegetables, sauerkraut is high in vitamin C and digestive enzymes. Not only this, but studies have proven that it can help with things such as leaky gut, diarrhoea and constipation.
Yoghurt: Yoghurt is most probably the most popular probiotic food available, not all yoghurts are probiotic though – You must choose options such as live cultured yoghurt or Greek yoghurt mage from cow, goat or sheep milk. When yoghurt comes from raw, grass-fed animals it can actually be the best probiotic available, and what is even better is that is that it can be purchased from the majority of supermarkets and large grocery stores.
These aren’t the only probiotics available either, if none of these take your fancy, you could try kimchi, natto, kvass, miso or raw cheese.