Many of you have heard of probiotics. You see it everywhere now from an addition to yogurt (Activia) to kefir to dietary supplements claiming to rebuild the good bacterial flora in your small intestine. You can also make kefir and spread it on toast like the photo above. So many different ways to get your good bacteria!
But it has been around for a while. In Asian countries, if you have seen or drank any of these, then you’re an old pro at the probiotics(pun intended) ;).
Probiotics are microorganisms that may help with digestion and offer protection from harmful bacteria when you eat something bad. They are also great for treating/curing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for probiotics. Fermented dairy products, such as yogurt and kefir, are both probiotic and prebiotic because they contain live bacteria AND the food 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. But nowadays, you can find probiotics in gummy form and in drinks like KeVita.
Studies show that probiotics may help:
Side effects are rare, and most healthy adults can safely add foods that contain prebiotics and probiotics to their diet. If you’re considering taking supplements, check with your doctor to be sure that they’re right for you.
You can also take a digestive enzyme for additional digestive protection.
These are the two that I take. You can buy them from Amazon here:
You can buy probiotic gummies here and also KeVita: