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Powerful Probiotics

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Probiotic organisms are living microorganisms that are effective for optimal health. Probiotics are commonly found in foods but can also be taken as a supplement.

They are thought to help intestinal health and be effective in treating inflammatory diseases. They improve digestion, relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, produce nutrients to repair the gut, increase resistance to infections and regulate the immune function.

They are also fantastic for preventing the overgrowth of bad bacteria.

Yoghurt
One of the most commonly known probiotics. Look for yoghurts that have been infused with extra forms of probitoics like lactobacillus or acidophilus. Goat’s milk and cheese are particularly high in probiotics. Be careful of hidden sugars in fruit yoghurts. A natural, live culture, especially home-made yoghurts, are best for you.

Miso
Usually served as a soup, Miso is produced by fermenting soybean, barley, brown rice, or other grains with a type of fungus known as koji. Protein rich Miso should be added to soups just before they are removed from heat to retain nutrients and preserve the live cultures in the food. It also contains B12, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.

Sauerkraut
Salted cabbage is fermented on its own without vinegar. Very high in vitamin C and digestive enzymes and a great source of natural lactic acid bacteria such as lactobacillus and pediococcus. It aids in reducing allergy symptoms, diarrhoea and constipation.

Kefir
Popular health drink in Europe. It is similar to yogurt as it is a fermented dairy product made by adding kefir grains to goat milk. High in antioxidants and lactobacilli and bifidus bacteria, it is believed to exhibit anti-tumour and anti-inflammatory properties.

Dark Chocolate
Another brilliant reason to eat chocolate! Dark chocolate can contain up to 4 times the amount of probiotics than dairy.

Algae
Super-foods ocean plants like Chorella, Spirulina and Blue-green algae are a probiotic food that maximises lactobacillus and bifidobacteria in the digestive tract. One of the best sources of probiotics.

Tempeh
Made from fermented soy beans this probiotic is rich in B12 also. It is made by cooking soybean and adding a starter to ferment. When it has matured, the gaps in between the beans will be filled with a thin layer of white fungi which binds the soybeans tightly together. A wonderful substitute for meat. Good for pneumonia and sepsis. More easily digestible than other beans that are not fermented.

Kombucha Tea
Great for healthy gut bacteria. This probiotic is believed to increase your energy, enhance your wellbeing and as a weight loss drink. Avoid if you have candida.

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