Probiotcs are an important part of a healthy diet and aid in gut health. Research shows gut health is closely linked with our immune system. So, instead of reaching for the Vitamin C and Zinc packets when you have a cold, consider feeding your gut with healthy probiotics daily to boost your immune system.
Some foods rich in probiotics include:
Yogurt, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, miso soup, tempeh, and pickles to name a few.
It is crucial that the bacteria in your yogurt is live and active to receive all the health benefits. Pasteurization, partial sterilization using heat, often results in the death of many microorganisms. For this reason, organic yogurt may be preferable.
For those of you who are lactose intolerant- keifer may be a good option in place of yogurt. Similar to yogurt, kiefer does contain lactose however live cultures in it act to "predigest" the sugars, making keifer better tolerated.