Foods rich in probiotics are some of my favorite foods to include in my everyday diet. Probiotics are live microorganisms or good bacteria that help optimize your gut bacteria, which has been shown to improve digestion, immunity, metabolism and even skin health. Probiotics are found in many foods that do not have to be eaten alone and when incorporated into your everyday meals can be quick and easy additives. Here are my top 3!
Kefir is a fermented yogurt beverage that contains 11 live strains of good bacteria (compared to 2 live strains found in yogurt). It is found in the dairy aisle, often by the yogurt. You can drink kefir on its own or even make a smoothies with it by blending with fresh fruits. Here are some of my favorite smoothie recipes using kefir: De-Bloating Smoothie, Hangover Smoothie, Skin Glow Smoothie, Skin Healing Pumpkin Smoothie.
2: Apple Cider Vinegar
One shot of vinegar (mixed with some water or sugar free juice) or used in a salad dressing can help enhance the probiotic gut bacteria activity.
Fiber contains prebiotic components to promote a probiotic activity in your gut. Fiber is a heart healthy, blood sugar moderating, and hunger/weight managing component found in plants--fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Diets rich in fiber have been shown to improve cardiovascular health, better control of blood sugar, and optimize gut and digestive health.