April 21st, 2020
Probiotics are essential for your digestive health. Did you know there are hundreds of other health benefits of consuming probiotic-rich foods? Adding probiotic foods can strengthen your immune system, improve digestion, and stabilize healthy weight and healthier skin. Consuming enough probiotics is an important part of your overall diet. Here are some probiotics our nutritional team suggests to add to your diet!
This is made by fermenting the juice of young coconuts with kefir grains. Coconut kefir is a dairy-free option for kefir. It has some of the same probiotics as traditional dairy kefir but generally isn’t as high in probiotics.
Coconut kefir has several probiotic strains that are beneficial for your health. Coconut kefir has a great flavor! We recommend adding a bit of stevia, water, and lime juice to it to make a great tasting drink.
Cultured veggies like sauerkraut and kimchi may not be diverse in probiotics but are high in organic acids. This is what gives the fermented cabbage and other vegetables its sour taste. These acids also support the growth of good bacteria! Many local grocery stores carry many cultured vegetables which are high in enzymes that aid digestion.
Goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, and soft cheeses are particularly high in probiotics. Remember to buy raw and unpasteurized cheeses to receive probiotics.
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Yogurt is possibly the most popular probiotic food. Live cultured yogurt or Greek yogurt is made from the milk of cows, goats, or sheep. It packs a probiotic punch especially when it comes from grass-fed animals and has not been pasteurized.
Miso is a traditional Japanese spice that’s commonly found in many of their traditional dishes. If you’ve ever been to a Japanese restaurant, you may have seen their miso soup.
This healthy soup blends fermented soybean, barley or brown rice with koji. Koji is actually a fungus. The fermentation process can take anywhere from a few days to a few years to complete. In addition to soup, Miso can be spread on crackers, in place of butter or just about anywhere you want!
This is great for controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes. Apple cider vinegar may even help with weight loss and maintenance. It is also a great daily addition that will bring many benefits to your body that include providing probiotics. You can add this into your diet by drinking a small bit each day or using it as a salad dressing.
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If you never would have thought that Apple Cider Vinegar was a natural probiotic or that any of the other five were, contact our South Tampa gym and wellness studio to find out what other foods you can use to aide your body’s health!