How to Add More Probiotics to Your Diet

Written by on April 16, 2020 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 0 Comments

Are you looking to add more probiotics to your diet? If not, you should be. Probiotics should be a regular part of your diet, as they provide your body with many health benefits.

Probiotics bolster your immunity, improve your fertility, boost digestion, restore good bacteria in your gut, clear up skin problems, and even prevent urinary tract infections.

But, the question is, how do you add more probiotics to your diet?

Check out this guide to learn how it’s done.

Take a Probiotic Supplement

Perhaps one of the easiest and most efficient ways to add more probiotics to your diet is to take a probiotic supplement.

Probiotic supplements typically come as tiny capsules that you can swallow with a glass of water. When shopping for probiotic supplements, make sure you choose one that’s specially formulated for your unique needs.

For example, if you’re a female, then you should look for probiotics for women. While taking probiotics is generally very safe, you should still talk to your doctor before adding a new supplement to your diet.

Eat the Right Foods

Besides taking a probiotic supplement, the most important thing you can do is incorporate the right foods into your diet. Here are the best probiotic-rich foods you should add to your diet:

Which probiotic-rich foods should you add to your diet?

1. Yogurt

Yogurt is one of the best sources of probiotics. It’s made from milk that’s been fermented into friendly bacteria.

In addition to being a rich source of probiotics, yogurt is also good for your bone health and blood pressure. Keep in mind, however, that not all yogurt contains probiotics, as sometimes the live bacteria get killed off during the processing.

For this reason, you should look for yogurt that contains live or active cultures.

2. Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk drink that’s rich in probiotics. It’s made by adding kefir grains to cow’s milk or goat’s milk.

Many people think kefir grains are similar to cereal grains, however, this is not the case. These grains are made from yeast and active cultures of lactic acid bacteria that sort of resemble cauliflower.

Kefir can also improve your bone health, protect your body against infections, and improve your digestive health.

3. Sauerkraut

Many people know sauerkraut as a polarizing ingredient to add to hotdogs. But, love it or hate it on your hotdog, sauerkraut is another excellent source of probiotics.

Sauerkraut is made by finely shredding and fermenting cabbage. Its sour, salty taste makes it a great topping for sausages, as well as an excellent side dish. In addition to being rich in probiotics, sauerkraut is also rich in vitamins C, B, and K, as well as magnesium and iron.

4. Tempeh

If you’re a vegetarian on the hunt for a great meat substitute, tempeh is a great option.

This is a fermented soybean product that forms a firm patty and has a nutty, earthy flavor profile. Originally from Indonesia, this dish is starting to gain popularity worldwide. It makes a great addition to curries, stir-fries, and stews. It’s also a great substitute for veggie burgers, veggie tacos, or other meat-free dishes.

In addition to being a great source of probiotics, tempeh is also rich in protein and vitamin B12.

5. Kimchi

If you’re a fan of Korean food, then you’ve probably come across kimchi at some point in your life. For those who aren’t familiar, kimchi is fermented cabbage, although when served as a dish, it often contains other vegetables.

It’s typically flavored with garlic, ginger, and red chili pepper flakes.

As you can see, there are a lot of excellent sources of probiotics that you can incorporate into your diet! Comment below if you have any questions about these probiotic sources.

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