Back To School With Probiotics
We’ve heard of this one time and time again to create a healthy gut since the majority of our immune system lives there. While supplements can have a role, whole food sources like a few listed below, will be better absorbed.
Are Probiotics necessary for me?
Not necessarily. Probiotics (and prebiotics, which is another topic) are helpful to create a well-functioning microbiome (aka. Gut or intestinal tract). You already have good bacteria living in your gut, and cultivating more through food sources will only continue to help your system thrive.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacterias that create and foster a sound immune system within the gut. A good majority of our immune system lives within the gut so keeping it healthy with good gut bugs is critical.
Where do I find Probiotics?
Fermented foods are where the main sources of probiotics can be found. Specific strains can also be found in a plethora of supplements. Be sure to talk with your doctor and Registered Dietitian before starting any supplement routine.
Can I be deficient in Probiotics?
Not necessarily. Measuring probiotics in the system isn’t a routine lab test. Going back to the point above, you already have good bacteria living in your gut, so it is simply about cultivating more good bacteria through the foods you eat.
What are some foods that are highest in Probiotics?
Yogurt, Kefir, Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Miso Soup, Soft Cheeses, Sourdough Bread, Sour Pickles, Tempeh, Miso
This is also a great time to mention that if you aren’t taking a multivitamin, you might want to talk with your doctor and registered dietitian to see if it would help your wellness routine. Multivitamins are sort of like your insurance policy.