Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Food Contains What?

Is it possible for certain foods to contain good bacteria? Yes, in fact this bacteria is known as a probiotic. A probiotic is a small live microorganism found in food or supplements that help to promote health. In your system alone there are trillions of bacteria, many of which protect you from disease. Sometimes the balance between the good and bad bacteria can throw you off and your health can suffer. This usually occurs when a person takes antibiotics, which tends to kill off the friendly and unfriendly bacteria.Some conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may by associated with fewer friendly bacteria in the stomach.

But, where there's a problem there's a solution. You see, probiotics can be found in several forms making it very affordable for people who would like to help make there immune system stronger. They can be found in yogurts (only if there's a live culture seal on the label), buttermilk, sour cream, sauerkraut, sourdough and bleu or other strong smelling cheeses. Also, there are now some drinks like goodbelly, that contain pure probiotics and taste pretty yummy.

Even better, you can make the healthy effects of probiotics even stronger by consuming carbohydrates that stay in the intestine and nourish friendly bacteria. They are found in oatmeal, flax, barley and other whole grains, berries and legumes.

So next time your at the store and thinking you aren't feeling well, maybe take a moment to try some probiotics you never know how helpful these tiny microorganisms of good bacteria can be.

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