What are probiotics?

UNDERSTANDING PROBIOTICS

Probiotics, also known as live cultures, good bacteria, or friendly flora, are bacteria that contribute positively to our health. Probiotics line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection.

HOW PROBIOTICS WORK

Probiotics are naturally found in our bodies, among the trillions of bacteria that make up our “microbiome” (the name for the community of bacteria that live on and around us). Stress, poor diet, antibiotics and disease can throw our microbiome out of balance, creating the need to supplement our body’s existing bacteria with probiotics. When you consume probiotics, they travel to your gut via your digestive system, where they not only help break down food and assist with the digestive process, but also fight off harmful bacteria and provide a host of other benefits.

FOODS WITH PROBIOTICS

  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Fermented Vegetables (Such as radish, carrot, & onion) 
  • Kefir 
  • Kvass
  • Kombucha
  • Yogurt
  • Miso 
  • Tempeh

 

Written by Farmhouse Culture