Probiotics, literally meaning “for life,” are living organisms. These “friendly” bacteria are famous for their effervescence and semi-sour taste. There is a lot of promising research about the use of probiotics for the treatment and prevention of many disorders, and scientists have found benefits to incorporating probiotics into your daily routine. A 2014 study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that probiotics can even do things like help shorten the duration of a cold. That’s no surprise; 70% of your immune system lives in your gut! Most known for their role in digestion, though, multiple studies have found that probiotics can help reduce general stomach issues and IBS symptoms, help with digestion, and help reduce the side effects of antibiotics all by modifying the gut microbiome.
Probiotics are easy to add into your daily routine. For example, if you’re trying to make healthier choices kombucha is a great alternative to a soft drink. It’s bubbly and comes in a wide array of flavors. Another probiotic food is kimchi. Its taste is similar to pickles, and can be spicy, too. Add it to Power Bowls, salads, or avocado toast for flavor and crunch. We love Coconut Cult in smoothies, mixed into yogurt, or on its own (once your tummy adjusts, of course). If supplements are more your style, we have those, too.
Keep in Mind…
Although it’s good bacteria, it’s still bacteria, so those who are immunocompromised or are seriously ill or pregnant should do more research before taking probiotics. Ask your doc first and remember that you know your body best.