Probiotics are bacteria -- microorganisms that live within your gut, helping to break down foods and support your digestive tract. They're such a big deal that there's even an International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics.
If you like yogurt and you're not lactose intolerant, then eating yogurt (especially that brand promoted by Jamie Lee Curtis) seems like and easy and simple answer. But what if you're lactose intolerant? Or you just hate yogurt?
Well, there's other ways to get probiotics into your system -- and into your family's digestive systems, too. In fact, some are promoting eating more than one kind of probiotic for maximum health benefits.
Foods Containing Probiotics
Yogurt (if it has ""Live Active Culture" on the label)
Fermented Bean Paste (Miso, Tempeh, Doenjang)
Pickled Vegetables (yes, including pickles)
And don't forget your PREbiotics....
Prebiotics are foods that your body cannot digest and which boost the work of those probiotic microorganisms there inside the colon. Essentially, prebiotics feed the probiotics inside your intestine, allowing the probiotics to remain and thrive there - a good thing. Together, prebiotics and probiotics are called "gutflora."
Foods that contain varying levels of prebiotics include:
Apple Cidar Vinegar (with the mother)