|Probiotics help fight off infection, inflammation, and more.|
|Miso is a great source of probiotics.|
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These helpful microorganisms are called probiotics, and are extremely beneficial to our health, possibly reducing intestinal inflammation, diarrhea, urogenital infections, and atopic diseases.
When we get sick, our doctors often prescribe antibiotics, which do not discriminate between good and bad bacteria. While they take care of the bad bacteria, they may also be killing probiotics in your body. Taking probiotic supplements or eating foods with probiotics can be a good way to help your body recover swifter from sickness. Just be sure to consult a doctor first.
And luckily, probiotics can be found in lots of popular foods, making this simple health-booster easily available:
- Yogurt or Kefir (a fermented milk drink)
- Miso, a Japanese soy-based seasoning
- Tempeh, a soy-based substitute for meat
- Dark chocolate
- Red wine
- Probiotic soy beverages and fruit drinks
Of course, like any vitamin, probiotics can also be ingested in pill or powder form, though it’s a good idea to consult with a pharmacist or caregiver before using them.
|Garlic contains valuable prebiotics.|
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