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Probiotics — The Good Bacteria

Our bodies are full of bacteria – good and bad.  Probiotics are good or beneficial bacteria.  They help the body in many ways; most notably the digestive system;.  Probiotics also can help improve mental health.

Probiotic supplements are easily found in vitamin stores, natural health food stores, even on Amazon.  Probiotics can also be obtained from foods.  Probiotic foods include yogurt (make sure the label says it contains live cultures), kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, kombucha, pickles – (basically fermented foods).

Probiotics need Prebiotics to live.  Prebiotics are dietary fibers that humans can’t digest   but feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Prebiotics include raw vegetables, wheat fiber, onions (raw or cooked) and bananas.