The human body has both good and bad bacteria in it. The good bacteria fight the bad ones and keep your body strong and functioning, while the bad have an opposed effect. Probiotics are often called “friendly bacteria” as they are microorganisms with comparable health benefits as good bacteria. When your body loses some its good bacteria, you can counteract this deficit by consuming more probiotics.
Probiotics are good for combating depression, preserving heart health as well as improving metabolism. You can find probiotic compliments almost everywhere, but there is no better source than eating natural, probiotic foods, like the following:
If you don’t know what kefir is – it’s a buttery drink that is made by mixing kefir grains with goat/cow milk and fermenting them. Kefir has many health advantages, the most important of which is relieving digestive problems and fighting infections, due to its probiotics content. Kefir is even good for lactose intolerant people.
Natto is a Japanese food that is made out of fermented soybeans. The Japanese usually mix natto with rice and eat it for breakfast. Nato is great for preserving the cardiovascular and bone health, as it contains a lot of proteins, vitamin K2, and the good bacteria Bacillus subtilis. There are also some researchers that link natto to osteoporosis treatment in women.
Yogurts can offer plenty of health benefits, the most important of which are relieving irritable bowel syndrome, preserving bone health, as well as lowering blood pressure.
The majority of yogurts that are being sold contain probiotics, so you might get a little confused about which product to use. Well, the probiotics in yogurt are only beneficial if they were added after heat processing. So, when you are buying yogurt make sure the label says “live and active cultures” before you do so.
One of the most popular sausage sides, sauerkraut is also a healthy dish, as it contains vitamins C, B, and K, fiber, probiotics, manganese, iron, and antioxidants that are especially good for preserving eye health. If you are planning to buy the sauerkraut, make sure that the one you buy is unpasteurized, since the process actually kills off the beneficial bacteria.
Pickles are gherkins (small cucumbers) that are dissolved in salt and water, by their own lactic acid bacteria. Pickles are great for providing your body with probiotic bacteria and improving your digestion. Pickles also contain a lot of sodium, Vitamin K, and low amounts of calories. However, if they are fermented with vinegar, they will lose their live probiotics.