Probiotics found in many foods

Probiotics

We keep hearing about probiotics but what do they really do? Probiotics are live bacteria considered to be beneficial keeping your body’s bacteria naturally balanced and boosting overall health. This includes improving the immune system to allow the body to resist pathogens and potentially cancer. Children show fewer allergies with probiotics. Organs work better including the digestive and urinary tract, and the vagina.

You can purchase supplements but natural sources are always my preference. Most are fermented which results in the natural bacteria. Some processed foods are cooked or pasteurized killing off the good bacteria you are trying to get. Check packaging on prepared items like yogurt for claims of “live active cultures”. This is what you want.

Here is a list of good sources of probiotics:
Yogurt
Kefir
Buttermilk
Soymilk
Soft Cheese
Sauerkraut
Kimchi
Miso
Kombucha tea
Tempeh
Poi
Pickles
Olives
Dark Chocolate
Microalgae Blue-Green Algae, Spirulina and Chorella
Apples (acts as a prebiotic or feeds probiotics)