With a surge in popularity, the word “probiotic” has appeared more and more across grocery stores. Thanks to Instagram influencers kambucha is the new millennial choice of drink. Noah Centineo and his adorable face increased sales for Yakult, a Japanese yogurt-like drink (I will personally vouch for this drink). This still begs the question: what are probiotics?
How are Probiotics Different from Vitamins?
Many consumers mistake probiotic companies for ones that make supplements or vitamins. While some probiotics are supplements, vitamins are different things. Vitamins assist with our metabolism and are nutrients while probiotics are bacteria. I know that sounds scary, but it’s really not. We need good bacteria to help us function. Probiotics are just that, good bacteria. However, we don’t always have enough to keep us healthy. In fact, a lack of good bacteria is the reason many of us suffer from bad breath.
How to Include more Probiotics in your Diet
As mentioned before kambucha and Yakult are two popular ways to include more probiotics into your diet. However, there are other options to consider.
- Kefir: a combination of milk and fermented kefir grains
- Yogurt: ranks at the top of probiotic foods as long as it comes from grass-fed animals
- Apple cider vinegar: can help control blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and even help with weight loss
- Raw cheese: cheese made from sheep’s milk and cow’s milk yield the best results
How do Probiotics Help?
Different strains provide assistance with different things. Some of the most common benefits are:
- aids with digestion
- prevents diharrea
- prevents autoimmune diseases
- clears skin
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