What are Probiotics? The Answer From Dr. Budnick

February 8, 2014

What are probiotics and why are they importantBefore we jump into why probiotics are so important and beneficial to your health and your body, let me first explain what exactly, probiotics are. Probiotics are organisms like bacteria and yeast that work to better your overall health. Simple as that! They can be found in a wide variety of foods that you may already be eating on a regular basis.

The Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics are known to improve your health by aiding in digestion, nutrient absorption, improved immune function, and keeping those nasty pathogens under control. Hospitals have been using steroids for years, but the truth is, probiotics work better than steroids do, even high dose steroids. They work just as fast as steroids. However, the reason hospitals use steroids instead of probiotics is simple; probiotics must be taken for longer periods of time and require you to eat after taking them.

Foods Containing Probiotics

Below is a list of some of the most popular foods which contact probiotics. These may already be part of your everyday diet. If they are, good job and keep it up! However if they are not, I highly recommend adding one or two to your diet.

  • Yogurt
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso Soup
  • Soft Cheeses
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Pickles (Naturally fermented without vinegar)

Yogurt is a great breakfast for you to get into the habit of eating on a regular basis. However, keep in mind that one probiotic pill is equivalent to nearly 20 yogurts. Probiotic pills are a much more efficient way of getting a healthy dosage of probiotics on a regular basis.

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Dr. Budnick