Probiotics are the good bacteria that our digestive system needs to stay healthy. Probiotics are naturally found in your body and probiotics can also be taken as a supplement, but there are also many probiotic rich foods that you can consume to help keep the good bacteria balanced in your body. Probiotics work to move food through your gut and can help with many illnesses, including, IBS and IBD. According to WebMD, Probiotic supplements are monitored by the FDA but not in accordance with drug regulations, rather food regulations. In general probiotic supplements are considered safe, but you should always consult with your Doctor before choosing a probiotic supplement.
Probiotics can easily be consumed from everyday foods that you eat. In many cases, you will actually consume more probiotics from certain foods than an entire bottle of probiotic supplements. Consuming a healthy amount of probiotics is the most natural way to keep your gut bacteria in balance and everything running smoothly. If you have experienced gut trouble, probiotics may be an easy alternative to traditional medicine. Gut bacteria have also been linked to other parts of the body, such as your brain function. The following are great ways to naturally introduce extra probiotics into your intestines without resorting to supplement.
Kvass is a fermented drink typically made from stale rye, similar to beer, that is quickly growing in popularity due to its probiotic richness. Kvass has become so popular, that it is expected to hit grocery stores everywhere very soon. While kvass is considered a non-alcoholic beverage, the longer it ferments, the more likely it is to increase in alcohol content. Beet kvass can also be made at home with just a few simple ingredients and all of the great probiotic benefits.
Kefir Is a fermented dairy product, that is very similar to yogurt. It is made of milk and fermented kefir grains. Kefir contains anywhere from 10-34 strand of probiotics and is higher in probiotics than traditional yogurt, because it is fermented with yeast.
Natto is a traditional Japanese dish that consists of fermented soy beans. Natto contains an extremely powerful strand of probiotic, Bacillus Subtilis, which Is a proven booster for your immune system. Bacillus Subtilis can also support cardiovascular health and aid in the digestion of vitamin K2. As well as a powerful anti-inflammatory enzyme, Nattokinase, that is proven to help fight against cancer.
Raw unpasteurized cheese is a great source of probiotics because all of the good bacteria isn’t killed during the pasteurization process. Goat milk cheese, Sheep’s milk cheese, and Cow’s milk soft cheese are all great sources for probiotics. Just be sure that it is raw and unpasteurized.
Yogurt is among the most popular consumed product from consumers directly seeking probiotics. Probiotics can be richly found in yogurt made of cow’s milk, goat’s milk and sheep’s milk. Both yogurt and Greek yogurt are popular; but only yogurts labeled that they are made with “Live and active cultures” will be rich in beneficial probiotics.
Miso paste is a fermented Asian seasoning that contains a combination of soybeans, barley, brown rice, and several other grains with Aspergillus Oryzae, a fungus. After fermentation the outcome is a smooth paste with a strong and salty flavor. Miso paste contains millions of microorganisms that is similar to those that live in your intestines. The longer that miso paste is allowed to ferment the more probiotics it will contain. Miso paste is commonly used as a seasoning in Asian cuisine, such as, miso soup.
Coconut water kefir, is a kefir made with the water of young coconuts. Coconut water kefir is a great choice for those who are looking to add probiotics to their diet without supplements and cannot have dairy. According to, Natural News, Coconut kefir will promote hydration and give you a great source of natural probiotics. Coconut kefir is said to have a far larger effect on the gut than yogurt received probiotics. Kefir is also said to contain yeast that are beneficial to the body.
Most people have eaten or at least heard of sauerkraut. It is a fermented cabbage that typically accompanies sausage, it is also a common German side dish. Sauerkraut is packed full of natural probiotics. Cabbage on its own contains a healthy amount of probiotics. As with other fermented foods, the amount of probiotics continues to grow the longer the cabbage is allowed to ferment.
Kimchi is another form of fermented cabbage. It is a traditional Korean dish that is made and served beside most every meal. Kimchi is a combination of cabbage with spicy seasoning such as red chili paste. It is a spicy, somewhat sour cabbage, that pairs well with many Korean dishes. Kimchi is very rich in probiotics; both from the cabbage and the fermentation process. As with other fermented foods, the longer the kimchi is allowed to ferment the more probiotics it will contain. Kimchi is often prepared and sealed in large containers for fermentation and sometimes buried just below the ground for the extent of the fermentation process.
Kombucha is a fermented black or green tea that is lightly sweetened. Kombucha has been used for centuries and is believed to have many health benefits, such as, increased energy, overall well-being, weight loss and of course, a healthy dose of probiotics. One 8oz serving of Kombucha can contain around 1 million probiotics. Kombucha can easily be purchased in serving sized containers in stores, especially stores directed at natural and organic living. It also comes in a variety of sweet flavor combinations.