Probiotics 101

Probiotics are living microorganisms that boost health when consumed in adequate amounts. They often are referred to as "good" bacteria in the gut and compete with "bad" bacteria. There are many different types of probiotics and you can obtain them from foods or supplements. Your gut flora consists of hundreds of different types of microorganisms. Probiotics help your gut flora perform optimally.

In addition to their impact on weight loss and digestion, probiotics may also improve heart health, immune function and symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Foods containing probiotics:

  • Yogurt

  • Sauerkraut

  • Tempeh

  • Kombucha

  • Kefir

  • Pickled Foods

Wellness-focused brands are making it easier to get more probiotics in your day by adding functional probiotic ingredients to your pantry staples through products like granola, oatmeal, nut butters, soups and nutrition bars.

Eating a variety of foods that contain probiotics ensures that you get multiple strains. If you are interested in a probiotic supplement, it is recommended to speak with your physician for proper dosage and strains.

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