10 Great Probiotic Foods

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Did you know that the gut has a strong influence on your immune system? Keeping your gut healthy is an essential step in keeping your whole body healthy! Incorporating probiotics in the diet is one recommendation I often tell my patients to help improve their gut.

Probiotics are live bacterial organisms that are beneficial to your overall health. There are many factors that can affect the gut such as poor dietary habits, stress and medications. Antibiotics for example not only kill the bad bacteria but they also destroy the good bacteria in the gut. Probiotics will help restore the microbiota balance. Supplements or yogurt often come to mind when we think of probiotics, but there are many natural sources as well.

Here is a list of 10 of the best Probiotic Foods with added health benefits:

  1. Cottage Cheese – Also high in calcium and can help develop strong bones
  2. Kimchi – May help to reduce cancer
  3. Sauerkraut – A good source of fiber
  4. Yogurt – A good source of probiotic cultures
  5. Miso – Good source of protein, calcium, iron and magnesium
  6. Pickles – high in vitamin A and K
  7. Kombucha – high in antioxidants
  8. Apple-cider vinegar – can aid with weight loss.
  9. Tempeh – good serving of healthy fat
  10. Parmesan cheese – good source of calcium and protein

Try to incorporate some of these foods in your daily diet to keep your gut healthy. Probiotic supplementation may also be helpful in many cases. Talk to your ND to see which probiotic strains are right for you.

Source: best-probiotic-foods

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