The Importance of Probiotics

Hi Three to Five Tribe! I have recently been getting some questions about probiotics, so I thought I would take some to explain the importance of probiotics. Here is everything you need to know about probiotics.


Probiotics

Probiotics are bacteria (good bacteria) that hep support optimal health, especially in the gut. Simply stated, probiotics are good gut bugs that can help keep you healthy. Probiotics are most commonly found in fermented foods like kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh and yogurt, but you can also find probiotics in supplements. If possible, I recommend getting beneficial bacteria (as well as antioxidants, minerals and vitamins) through a real, whole foods diet and lifestyle.

Although probiotics offer a variety of benefits ranging from better digestion to clearer skin to immune function, probiotics are most commonly associated with gut health.  Probiotics are essentially the bouncers to your gut system. They help keep the good guys in while simultaneously keeping the bad guys out. (Like I said, bouncers).

It’s important to note that probiotic strains need to be kept cool in order to survive, so when purchasing probiotic foods, be sure you are shopping in the refrigerated section of your grocery store as heat and light damage and kill probiotics.

Besides prioritizing probiotic-rich foods in your daily diet, it’s important to include prebiotics in your meals. Prebiotics are essentially the foods that help feed the probiotics and keeps them fueled to do their jobs. Examples of prebiotic foods include apples, asparagus, bananas, dandelion, garlic, oats and onions.


The next time you are experiencing some tummy troubles or just want to better improve not just your gut health, but your overall health, turn to probiotic- rich foods.

Enjoying probiotic foods three to five days a week,
-ox

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