Get Familiar With the List : A Few Good Bacteria

yogurtIf you want to look and feel your best, it’s important to get proper nutrition. But, if you include foods in your diet that naturally contain probiotics and prebitoics then you could feel even better! Here are some foods you should start including in your diet to give the good bacteria in your system a boost!

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that are, quite simply, good for your health. They are of great use in your digestive tract because they help you to break down food you eat and keep things in balance.

Dairy

This is probably the first thing many people think of when they think of probiotics. Probiotics are in yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, crème fraiche, lassi and aged cheese such as bleu cheese, Gouda and cheddar. Adding these to your diet is easy and will help to keep the flora in your gut chugging along.

Fruit and Vegetables

Surprisingly, foods that have been fermented are good for your gut! Sauerkraut, kimchi, tsukemono and choucroute will boost those bacteria. You can also eat brined pickles, tangy chutneys, brined olives, pickled beets and saerruben, which is fermented sour turnips.

Soybeans

Aside from being tasty, these soybean sources are good for that gut! Miso, tempeh, natto, soy sauce and tamari are all great to introduce into your diet.

Grains

Here you go again with the fermentation because traditional sourdough breads are exactly what you want in order to get the probiotic benefits!

Nondairy Drinks

Kombucha are a variety of fermented teas. They’re good for you, so give them a try!

Prebiotics

So, you’ve heard of probiotics, but what about prebiotics? Well, if you think of your gut like a garden then the prebiotics are the fertilizers that your body needs to grow good bacteria. They are foods that the body cannot digest but are good for the microorganisms in the intestines. Here are some prebiotic rich food sources!

Veggies

Tomatoes, artichokes, onions, chicory, greens, asparagus, garlic and leeks are all great veggie sources of prebiotics to include in your diet!

Fruits

Berries and bananas are high in fiber and can’t be fully digested, so they’re prebiotic goldmine for all that good bacteria.

Whole Grains

Oatmeal, Barley, Flaxseeds and wheat are all great foundations for the bacteria that live in your gut.

Legumes

You may be noticing a trend that fiber-rich foods are good for your gut bacteria. That’s why legumes like lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, navy beans, white beans and black beans are great for you.

If you have any questions about foods rich in probiotics or prebiotics, talk to your chiropractor!

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