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Healthy Living Series #12: Probiotics for Gut Health

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I can’t believe we have made it to the last month of our Healthy Living Series.

It has been a year of monthly tips to help you get healthy, a little at a time.

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Probiotics is our last topic in the series. It is something that is often overlooked when we talk about healthy living.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of these as germs that cause diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. (WebMD)
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Probiotic vs. Prebiotic: What is the difference?

As mentioned above, probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your digestive system and health.

But in order for probiotics to work effectively, you need to eat the proper foods with them. This is where prebiotics come in.

Prebiotics are a form of fiber that bacteria digest in the gut. Therefore, prebiotics are the food for probiotics to thrive.

Examples of prebiotics: leeks, garlic, artichoke, peas, berries, bananas, kiwi. (Gut Health Project)

Why is it important for a healthy diet?

How do I get more probiotics in my life?

  1. Yogurt
  2. Kefir
  3. Dark Chocolate
  4. Sauerkraut
  5. Miso Soup
  6. Microalgae
  7. Pickles
  8. Tempeh
  9. Kimchi
  10. Kombucha Tea
  11. Raw Cheese
  12. Apple Cider Vinegar
  13. Buttermilk
  14. Sourdough Bread
  15. Olives cured in brine

How many probiotics do I need per day to be healthy?

The best way to get probiotics is through your diet.

If you feel you aren’t getting enough natural probiotics, or you are having gut issues, you may take a probiotic supplement.

I am not going to recommend a certain kind here.

See how adding probiotics to increase your gut health can affect many systems in your body.Click To Tweet

Daily dosageΒ of a general probiotic supplement containing a combination of several bacterial species typically ranges fromΒ 1 billion to 10 billion colony forming units (CFUs). (Nootriment)

In this last post of the healthy living series, I encourage you to add probiotics to your healthy living routine. The best way to do this is through your diet. If that isn’t enough, finding a good supplement can help as well. Gut health is extremely important for your entire body. As you can see in the infographic above, it affects many systems in the body. It is easy to do and very beneficial for your overall health.

Resources:

What are Probiotics? @ WebMD

Probiotic Foods You Need To Add To Your Daily Diet @ Ritely

The 9 Best Probiotic Foods that Aren’t Yogurt @ Paleo Hacks

Probiotics vs. Prebiotics @ Gut Health Project

How Much Probiotics Should I Take? Dosing Guidelines @ Nootriment

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