What about Probiotic in your diet?

I’m sure you’ve herd about Probiotics. They’ve been talked about a lot these days. If you have no idea what they are or how to get them into your diet, I’m going to let you in on how to easily put naturally get your gut in balance. The benefits of eating the right natural sources of Probiotic foods  can’t be expressed enough. Most supplements on the market don’t even get to your gut to do you any good. they break down in your stomach and are degraded by the digestive process. Not to mention, they aren’t alive to begin with. You need live healthy Probiotic bacteria in your gut.

Exactly what are Probiotics?

“Probiotics are healthy bacteria in fermented food and drinks that can help feed the healthy bacteria in your gut,” – Marisa Moore, R.D.N. in Atlanta, Georgia. Probiotics may be doing more than promote the growth of “good” bacteria in your digestive system. “These bacteria can fight pathogenic organisms,” – Shilpa Ravella, M.D. – a gastroenterologist with expertise in nutrition and assistant professor of medicine, Columbia University Medical Center. There may be other probiotic-related benefits that science has yet to fully documented. “Although more research is needed, there’s encouraging evidence that probiotics may help treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics, prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections, treat irritable bowel syndrome, speed treatment of certain intestinal infections, and prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu,” – Mayo Clinic.

Where to get Probiotics in your diet

So there’s clear reason for you to want to have Probiotic foods in your diet. Mooree says “There are several different strains of probiotics that you can get from different types of foods.” The most common  is Lactobacillus acidophilus. You certainly don’t have to spend hours researching which fermented foods have L. acidophilus or don’t. There are other strains which can also be beneficial. More says  “Evidence or specifics regarding quantity and quality of probiotics in specific foods is limited.” But the foods you choose are up to you.

yogurt1Yogurt is the most common food that’s chosen to get probiotics into a diet. It’s fairly easy to find anywhere with “live cultures” in it these days. You can find it made out of regular milk, almond milk or other. Please don’t get it with soy in it. If you’re wondering why I say that, please read my post on Soys Nutritional Value. Any other form of yogurt is fine, as long as it has “live cultures” in it. You can also make your own yogurt of course. My mother did for may years. I’m not sure if it taste better home made or not but you know you have fresh live cultures in it. Of course you can also make whatever flavor you like that way also. I love fresh (or frozen) berries in my yogurt. Since I buy organic on-line I can store whatever I want in my freezer to blend into my yogurt. Also use it to make smoothies as well. An additional way to add probiotics into your diet. Just about anything you can add those live cultures in, is a good way to help your gut.

perfect-pickler-mjk-fermentOn that same note, I’ve bought organic fermented vegetables as “kraut” as well as yogurt with “live” cultures” in them. But the last thing I bought to help me get Probiotic into my diet was the Perfect Pickler Vegetable Fermenting Kit Master System, to make my own “kraut mixtures.” It’s vary easy to use and you can use whatever vegetables you want. I like to add carrots and beets to cabbage for the flavor. Guess I’ll have to start adding some recipes for some of the krauts I like. They’re really easy to make but you do need the Perfect Pickler Vegetable Fermenting Kit Master System,or some kind of system to make them. I like to add a little of one of my krauts to a salad or as a side or topping to a piece of fish or chicken. There are many ways to use them and get those probiotic into your diet. Just like yogurt, krauts can be used in a variety of ways. the old standby sauerkraut, is not as easy to incorporate into many meals. But with a good variety of vegetables being fermented into kraut, you can be creative. So watch for some of those kraut recipes. I’ll be making some soon enough and I’ll post them then. Until then, to your health!


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