Probiotics have been used to create healthy intestinal balance in humans for years. They help to restore and maintain good health in your intestines because they are resistant to bile and other stomach acids. When the probiotic passes through your stomach it then embeds itself in your intestines and releases its live active cultures. Probiotics are live microorganisms, so when you find the right strain, they may help maintain a balance between already existing microorganisms in your system.
With probiotics becoming more popular, the market is getting crowded with different companies claiming they have products with probiotics in them, but which ones can you trust?
Yogurt is probably the most popular food where you can find probiotics, but not every brand uses them properly. To get the best results, always check to the label to see if they use goat or sheep milk and if it’s organic. Buying Greek yogurt or yogurt that is live cultured usually is a good sign to see you are getting the best probiotics.
Kefir is kind of similar to yogurt; it’s a fermented dairy product that combines milk and kefir grains. As a result, there is a higher count of probiotics due to the fermented yeast and added bacteria.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apple juice, which does contain probiotics and other healthy bacteria. Make sure you look at the label to see how it’s made, if you see that the apple cider vinegar is unpasteurized, you are getting the right kind! Pasteurization can potentially remove the probiotics, so always remember to check the label!
Pickles and Olives
There are certain types of pickles and olives that are made similarly and have a good amount of probiotics. If you love pickles, salted gherkin pickles are the best to be on the lookout for. They are fermented (much like apple cider vinegar) so they are filled with some of the best probiotics you can find.
If you are more of an olive person, finding brine-cured olives are your best bet. Try to find organic ones to ensure you are actually getting the most probiotics.
Types of Probiotics
There are a lot of different types and strains of probiotics. The most common strains are classified under “human” and “non-human” strains. Human strains contain organisms that come from human intestinal tracts. Human strains have been proven to function better in our environment, which means they live a lot longer. Non-human strains work the opposite; they work best on other hosts rather than in humans.
If you are just starting to incorporate probiotics into your body, start with lower dosages to see how they react in your system. Probiotics are living organisms, so storing your food properly will help keep them alive. Excess light, heat and moisture are common causes that will lower the probiotic count in your food.
To get a better grasp about how probiotics work and which strains will work best for you, contact a professional health care provider or an expert in probiotics.