Thursday, February 24, 2011

Boost Your Health With Probiotics

Probiotic-rich foods can help you stay fit and healthy.

Pickled or fermented foods such as pickles, sauerkraut and miso paste are made from fermented soybeans which contain probiotics because the bacteria grows during the fermentation process. Take note though, that some foods can lose their probiotic effect through manufacturing. So, check the labels carefully. If the product is pasteurized or has extra salt preservative, the good bacteria may be useless.

Kefir, a thick fermented milk similar to yogurt is full of probiotics and tastes great with granola. It's even safe for people who are lactose-intolerant because of its high level of digestion-promoting bacteria.

Activia yogurt by Dannon has bifidus regularis, a type of probiotic that helps your digestive system by speeding up your intestinal transit time.
Try also Kashi Vive, a probiotic-packed cereal containing active cultures and ginger for added digestive benefits.