Probiotics are like a mini-miracle. They are strains of healthy bacteria that we need in our systems to properly function. Probiotics have so many benefits and come in several different sources.
With colder weather this weekend, it is a great time to start taking and drinking and eating these little babies...
- Supplements: There are many supplements out there. I have done my research and found the ones that require refrigeration have the higher amounts and are more effective. They must come on a refrigerated truck so ordering off the Internet or buying them off the shelf at CVS is not going to cut it. Locally, you can buy them at Mac's on East Center. They are very helpful and you can ask them which one you need for your specific needs. If you are on antibiotics or have an infection, they will recommend a different one from the daily ones.
- Yogurt: watch the sugar here..I like to buy the plain Greek or plain regular and add my own ingredients. Fresh or frozen berries and some granola and truvia or agave and it is yummy!!
- Kefir: kefir is magical..it has more benefits than the two above and below is why. Click on it to see how it's made..so easy. If you want some, I can hook you up with the grains to make it at home. Click here for recipes for some things with kefir. I personally like to make smoothies with them once daily.
Prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for probiotics. When probiotics and prebiotics are combined, they form a synbiotic. Fermented dairy products, such as yogurt and kefir, are considered synbiotic because they contain live bacteria and the fuel they need to thrive.
Probiotics are found in foods such as yogurt, while prebiotics are found in whole grains, bananas, onions, garlic, honey and artichokes. In addition, probiotics and prebiotics are added to some foods and available as dietary supplements.