Proper digestion of food is a very important part of your overall health. What good is it if you’re eating all the right foods but your body doesn’t actually absorb the nutrients?
If you suffer from frequent stomach aches, gas, and bloating, you may be experiencing problems with your digestive system.
Fortunately there is a solution to poor digestion.
Have you ever heard of probiotics? These are friendly bacteria living inside your digestive system. In fact, the average human has trillions of these helpful microorganisms.
You can also find probiotics in supplement form as well as find them within certain natural foods. These tiny microorganisms are often found in fermented raw foods. Popular forms of probiotics include Bifidus, Lactobacilli, and L. casei.
The Role Of Probiotics
Probiotics play numerous roles in the body. Most important they improve digestion and absorption of nutrients, improves immunity, fights infections and inflammation, improves lactose intolerance, and too many other benefits to cover in this article.
Unfortunately the usage of antibiotics can kill these helpful bacteria. Therefore, if it is a requirement by your doctor to take antibiotics, you should look into supplementing with probiotics to help bring your count back up.
What Foods Contain Probiotics?
Aged Cheese – choose cheeses that are aged such as aged cheddar, blue cheese, and hard aged cheese. (10 billion organisms per serving)
Kefir – This liquid form of fermented milk is close to yogurt but in a more liquidy state (2-3 billion organisms per serving)
Kombucha – You may not have heard of this before but it’s a fermented tea.
Miso, Natto, Tempeh – Yes these are forms of soy but they are FERMENTED so they’re okay to consume in limited qualities. Always avoid processed soy protein, soy milk, and soybean oil.
Sauerkraut – If the sauerkraut is pasteurized it’s useless as they would have killed the bacteria. Go with unpasteurized or make your own.
and now probably the most popular food containing active bacterial cultures…
Yogurt – when choosing your brand of yogurt, make sure it’s indicated on the label that it includes live bacterial cultures. Stay away from any brand with added sugar or artificial flavors. Always choose the plain flavor and then add your own berries and natural sweeteners like stevia or honey.
You can also consume foods that are consider prebiotics. These prebiotic foods help stimulate the production of probiotics in your system. Foods high in soluble fiber such as fruits and vegetables, oats and oat bran, and inulin will all provide your body with prebiotics.
Ensure you include the above probiotic-rich and prebiotic foods in your daily diet to improve your digestion, immunity, and overall health.