When you think of probiotics and if you are like most people, the first food that comes to mind is probably yogurt. Consuming yogurt is a great start but most only contain 1 or 2 strains of beneficial bacteria and for optimum health you require a range of bacterial strains. To ensure you are receiving all the beneficial strains, try these 5 probiotic-rich foods hiding out at your local health food (or even regular) grocer.
#1: Kefir Milk
Kefir milk is a fermented liquid milk product that is similar to yogurt but contains a greater variety and amount of beneficial bacteria.[i] Preliminary studies suggest that kefir may stimulate the immune system, improve digestion and prevent the growth of tumours.[ii] [iii]
Find it: right by the milk and yogurt in the dairy aisle.
Made from fermented soybeans, tempeh is not only rich in probiotics it is also a good source of fiber and protein. Tempeh is easy to digest and the Rhizopus molds it contains produce natural antibiotics that may help fight disease causing organisms.[vi]
Find it: in the refrigerated section, by the tofu, veggie cheese and raw sauerkraut.
Made from fermented soybeans and grains, miso is rich in antioxidants, protein, vitamin B12 and zinc. It also contains tryptophan which helps to promote a restful sleep and it may reduce your risk for breast cancer.[vii][viii]
Find it: in the refrigerated section, by the tofu, tempeh, veggie cheese and raw sauerkraut.
Raw sauerkraut (which is made from fermented cabbage), is rich in vitamins and contains more than 13 different strains of beneficial bacteria.[iv] Sauerkraut aids digestion, promotes healthy pancreas function and produces an acidic environment in your gut, which prevents harmful bacteria from flourishing.[v]
Find it: in the refrigerated section, by the tofu and veggie cheese.
Spirulina is a marine algae that is rich in protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and probiotics.[ix] It may also help boost your immune system, encourage healthy bacteria to multiply and prevent harmful microorganisms from growing in your gut.[x] [xi]
Find it: in the supplement section.
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