Probiotic Foods That Are Super Healthy

Probiotic Foods That Are Super Healthy: Benefits Of Eating Probiotics For Health And Weight Loss

The benefits of eating probiotics are numerous. They have been shown to reduce inflammation, fight off infections, improve digestion and boost immunity. Probiotics have also been found to lower blood sugar levels and may even prevent type 2 diabetes in some cases. In addition, they may help with weight loss by increasing satiety and reducing cravings for fatty foods. Probiotics are considered to be one of the most effective dietary interventions for health and disease prevention.

Probiotics are not only beneficial for your body but they can also benefit your mind as well. Studies show that consuming probiotics may help with mental alertness, mood swings, anxiety and depression. There is evidence showing that probiotics may even help treat certain types of cancer including colon cancer.

There are many different strains of probiotics. Some strains have been shown to be more helpful than others. Most studies show that the following probiotic strains are associated with greater benefits: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus, Enterococcus faecalis and Lactobacillus casei subspecies lactis.

It is important to consume a wide variety of probiotic foods. You should eat probiotic rich foods from each of the following categories:

1. Probiotic Dairy Products (Yogurt, Kefir)

2. Probiotic Eggs and Fish

3. Probiotic Nuts and Seeds (Especially Acorns and Sesame Seeds)

4. Probiotic Vegetables (Especially Pickled Vegetables)

5. Probiotic Fruit (Especially Sauerkraut and Ketchup)

6. Probiotic Spices (Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Garlic)

7. Probiotic Beverages (Water, Tea, Coffee)

Always look for the live and active cultures label on the foods you buy. Not all yogurts contain probiotics and some may even contain harmful sweeteners or artificial ingredients. Instead look for organic yogurt made from whole milk and enhanced with probiotics. Try to buy organic fruit and vegetable juices since some of the conventional brands have been shown to contain dangerous levels of toxic pesticides.

Some of the best probiotic foods which can be easily included in your diet are listed below. Remember, the more different types of probiotic foods you consume, the more likely it is that you will experience maximum health benefits!

Probiotic Food List

Probiotic Food Sources

Yogurt: Look for the words ‘live and active cultures’ on the label. Try to buy organic yogurt if possible. Avoid yogurts with added sugars or artificial sweeteners.

Pickled Vegetables: Pickled vegetables such as pickles, olives and cauliflower may contain probiotics. Always check the ingredients before buying as not all pickled vegetables contain live cultures.

Kefir: This probiotic beverage contains both bacteria and yeast. So if you are allergic to yeast, kefir may not be right for you.

Miso: Miso is made from fermented soybeans and is a great source of probiotics. It also provides important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Tempeh: Like miso, tempeh (made from fermented soybeans) is also high in probiotics. It provides the same health benefits as miso but it also contains nutrients which help lower bad cholesterol levels.

Cabbage: Sauerkraut is a good source of probiotics. It also contains important vitamins and minerals and has great cancer-fighting properties.

Kombucha: This fizzy, slightly sour fermented tea may not be to everyone’s taste but it can provide great health benefits. Just make sure there is a live culture label on the bottle.

Acidophilus Milk: Acidophilus milk has been fortified with lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria. It can be found in most local grocery stores. Just make sure there is a live culture label on the carton.

Sourdough Bread: Sourdough bread contains probiotics (mostly lactobacilli) which produce the sourdough flavor. Always look for the words ‘live cultures’ on the label when buying sourdough bread.

Chocolate: Dark chocolate can contain small amounts of probiotics. The amount present is very small so you would need to eat quite a lot of it! It is best to get your probiotics from more healthy sources.

Kefir Cheese: Kefir cheese contains live and active kefir grains. It is often called ‘The Baby Cheese’ as it has a similar texture and taste to soft cheese. Kefir cheese can be eaten on its own or used in cooking.

Kombutcha: Also known as kombucha tea, this contains live and active kefir grains. It is a fizzy, slightly sour fermented tea which may not be to everyone’s taste but it can provide great health benefits.

As it is not always easy to identify which foods contain probiotics, the best way to get them is in supplement form. The best probiotic supplements are freeze dried (or ‘lyophilized’), this means that they have been freeze dried after being placed under stressful conditions (high temperature, high acidity,high sugar concentration) for a short period of time. This ensures that all the live bacteria are killed and in their most perfect state.

You should always look for a high CFU count when buying a supplement (this is the number of live and active cultures present). Look for products that have at least 1 billion cultures per dose and take one or two capsules a day. You can also choose a powder form which can be mixed in water or juice. Follow the directions on the packaging and drink/eat daily for optimal results.

Other supplements that can help boost your immune system are Echinacea, Vitamin C and Zinc. It is best to take these on a daily basis all year round for general immunity boosting.

Finally, you need to always look after yourself when you are feeling run down or have an infection coming on.