Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for you.
They’re good because they help keep your gut healthy. They can lower the amount of “bad” bacteria in the body and help replace the “good” bacteria when they’re lost because of taking antibiotics.
The most common type of probiotics are Lactobacillus.
Great sources include:
- Yogurt–When you buy yogurt, make sure to look for “active live cultures” written on the package.
- Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage and salt. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for sauerkraut in a Mason jar.
- Kefir–fermented cow’s milk; Kefir has a sour taste and is great in smoothies.
- Kombucha is a unique and slightly sour-tasting fermented tea. Learn how to make kombucha here.
Another type of probiotic is Bifidobacterium. It is found in a few dairy products and may help treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
You can get probiotics through supplements too. They’re available in capsules, chewables, and liquid forms. I’ve tried several different brands from both Amazon.com and Vitacost. Amazon has over 3000 to choose from.
I’ve also purchased Culturelle on the advice of our pediatrician when our daughter was younger and dealing with a long-term stomach illness. It helped her so much.
I would recommend probiotics to anyone who’s dealing with an occasional stomach illness or simply wants to stay healthy. I hope this helps you in your journey towards health!
You might like to check out another article about probiotics here.