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The Pros of Probiotics

By July 20, 2017Eat, Nutrition

Pro-what?

You’ve probably heard the word probiotic before – maybe you think of yogurt, or that weird tasting bubbly Kombucha drink. Probiotics are a huge buzzword in today’s health foods, and rightfully so – the health benefits of probiotics make them an amazing addition to your diet. So what do you need to know about them?

The Pros of Probiotics

What are they?

Probiotics, in a nutshell, are bacteria that live in your gut. I know what your thinking: bacteria? Isn’t that bad?

In some cases, yes, but not when it comes to probiotics. These bacteria are “good” bacteria – they provide benefits like helping digest food, destroying bad microorganisms that cause illness, and they aid overall gut health. Though probiotics are naturally found in your body, they are also found in many foods, such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kombucha.

Kombucha is a great source of probiotics.

What can probiotics do for my health?

For many people with digestion issues, probiotics are a saving grace. They assist your body to optimize digestion and gut health. Probiotics can lead to the prevention of gut disorders and promote general health, as well- not the unattainable, image-focused version of health we see in the media, but the kind that helps your organs work right. With good digestion comes overall good health, and probiotics can help achieve both of those things. 

The Pros of Probiotics

Kefir – a fermented milk beverage

What are good ways to add probiotics into my diet?

As mentioned before, beverages like kombucha and kefir have high amounts of probiotics. While these are delicious and super beneficial, they can also be pricey.

For an easy and cheap alternative, try Greek yogurt – it is packed with the benevolent bacteria and can be a lot more economical. I love making yogurt bowls topped with nut butter, fruit, and honey, or adding a dollop of Greek yogurt on my oats or pancakes!

 

 

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So next time you hear the buzzword probiotics, hopefully you’ll have a better idea of what to expect. I promise your gut will thank you!

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Author Julia DeCecco

Julia is a second year Dietetics major with a minor in Disabilities studies at the University of Delaware. She is passionate about healthy living and helping people be the best that they can be. When she is not in the kitchen working on her healthy culinary creations, you will find her in the UD pool with the club swim team. Check out her healthy food Instagram @peanutbutterbliss.

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