Probiotic foods: What they are and why we need them in our diets

Probiotic foods are those containing the good bacteria for your gut. They are found in miso soup, tempeh, sauerkraut, bananas, onions, garlic, olives, seaweed, asparagus, pickled vegetable like pickles and from other sources I don’t recommend: such as, dark chocolate, yogurt or kefir because both are dairy.

"Although a great deal of research has been done on probiotics, much remains to be learned" [1 NIH.GOV)

Probiotics help fight infection and can strengthen ones immune system. The right type of bacteria helps keep balance of organisms (called micro-flora) in the intestines. The good bacteria fights bad bacteria.

Additionally, when you eat foods containing resistant starch (prebiotics are carbohydrates that are not digestible) as in bananas, potatoes, vegetables, legumes and pinto beans, these provide fuel your gut bacteria will thrive on. When both probiotics and prebiotics combine, they produce protective beneficial effects for our body.

All kinds of microbiota live in our colon. A high fiber diet can help maintain a healthy gut bacteria population in our intestines. Therefore, when you adopt a whole food plant based diet rich in fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils and grains like brown rice, these are natural sources for prebiotic fiber.

Fiber is considered a nutrient and is important to our health in general. The American diet sorely lacks fiber content. Fiber acts as a scrubbing brush which cleans our intestinal tract regularly.

A low fiber diet may reduce the amount of beneficial bacteria thereby increasing gut acidity pH increasing growth of unfriendly bacteria possibly resulting in the body becoming more susceptible to disease.

We can drastically upset the balance destroying beneficial bacteria in our guts through sickness, an acidic diet, from using antibiotics and/or bacteria-destroying medications. These erase good bacteria as well as bad. List_of_Acid-Alkaline_Forming_Foods

Source-

1 URL nccih.nih.gov/health/probiotics/introduction.htm
Website TitleNational Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Article TitleProbiotics: In Depth
Date PublishedJanuary 16, 2017
Date AccessedDecember 31, 2017

Note- before you change your diet contact your doctor.

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