The digestive system is stimulated by probiotics, which are gut bacteria that boost the production of natural digestive juices, along with and enzymes that are need in the digestive processes. Often times, doctors tell their patients to take probiotic supplements; the good news is that many foods are a natural source of probiotics.
Yogurt is a common food that’s eaten all over the world. Goat yogurt and goat cheese are filled with probiotics, more than other types of dairy products. According to Mr. Louis Kraml, hospital CEO in Eastern Idaho, Goat milk contains thermophilus, bifidus, bulgaricus and acidophilus, several healthy probiotics. It is important to buy plain yogurt, and not its very tasty fruit-based variations; they may contain a lot of corn syrup, which is not at all beneficial for a healthy diet.
Kefir is very similar to yogurt, and it contains small kefir grains. It is rich in probiotics and antioxidants, so if you find a store that sells organic kefir, make sure you get some for your family and drink it on a regular basis.
Sauerkraut is usually fermented cabbage that’s very rich in probiotics and vitamins A, B, C and E. If you love chocolate, you will be happy to hear that a good dark chocolate with over 75% cocoa may contain up to four times more probiotics in comparison with a regular diary product. Pickles are another rich source of probiotics; they are not only tasty, but also very healthy.
Probiotics are a hot subject, so the market is filled with products that promise to deliver them. It is important to understand that not all of these products are 100% healthy, though. Take buttermilk, for example; when eaten in small quantities, it can benefit our bodies. But if you eat a lot of it or starting cooking your food with it, all its benefits will simply disappear.
Our bodies know how to create probiotics, so it is useful to learn a few things about prebiotics, the foods eaten by the probiotics. If your diet includes many prebiotics, your body will generate many probiotics – it’s that simple! The most important sources of prebiotics are vegetables, fruit and whole grains. For an added effect, the specialists may sometimes prescribe us synbiotics, which are a combination of probiotics and prebiotics.
As a general rule, fermented foods contain probiotics. Fermentation is a process during which, with the help of yeast, the nutrients in the food are preserved quite well. Since heat destroys many of the good bacteria, these foods should be eaten raw, in order to benefit from the probiotics inside them. If the yogurts are pasteurized, the good bacteria inside them are killed, for example.
Bananas, tomatoes whole grain breads and even honey may contain probiotics. Recent studies have also demonstrated that a diet which is rich in apples will increase the number of probiotics in our bodies.
Since about 70% of our immune system is located in the digestive tract, taking good care of what we eat is essential. The good bacteria in the digestive tract are very important, so we should either help the organism create them, or eat the proper foods that contain them. Probiotics should always be added to your diet once you need to take antibiotics, because they will kill any bacteria inside your body, be it good or bad.
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