If you’ve been around the blog or my instagram for a minute, or if we’ve ever talked in person, you’ll know I’m a big fan of gut health. As someone who has previously struggled with gut issues, it’s important to me to help others overcome their gut problems.
One of my favorite and the easiest ways I’ve found to keep my gut healthy it probiotics. They are easy to add into your routine but make a big impact. So, today I’m going to share a few of my faves and tell you how to use them.
Kefir – This is a more recent addition to my daily routine but it’s probably the most approached for many. Kefir is a yogurt based mixture with added probiotics. You’ll find it in the yogurt section of most grocery stores. Recently, the non-dairy version has become more readily available. It comes in a bottle with a pourable consistency. You can easily add it into your morning routine and it doesn’t taste terrible. If you’re new to trying probiotics, this is definitely a good one to start with.
Yogurt – Most yogurts are built with cultures, meaning they have good gut bacteria in them. Unfortunately, at lot of those yogurts are packed with sugar and dairy. I’d suggest looking for yogurts that are plain or low in sugar. Kite Hill (almond based) and Forager (cashew based) make great yogurts. They’ve been expanding their availability but for now you can find both at Whole Foods. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can make your own!
Kombucha* – I love a good kombucha. It can be a great way to promote digestion before or after a meal. But kombucha can be packed with sugar. Be sure to read the labels before you buy it and check the sugar content. Also, don’t be discouraged if you aren’t a fan at first. If you tend to hate ginger, be sure to read ingredients carefully. A lot of brands opt for ginger based drinks and teas when making the product.
Probiotic Pills* – I have a lot of friends who struggle with taking pills. They just can’t handle it. But if you’re a vitamin kid or just prefer the pill method, this is a great option. Personally, I keep the capsules on hand to both take and use in recipes. It’s an easy way to be sure you’re getting them in your diet.
Kimchi or Sauerkraut – Naturally fermented foods are a great way to sneak in probiotics. Throwing them in a stir fry or salad is an easy way to sneak them into your diet. As always, check for added sugars and other ingredients that are hiding. But if you’re in the mood, you can also make them at home.
Powders* – Most mornings, I drink a smoothie. You can get a lot of nutrients and superfoods into one little cup. It’s also a great way to add probiotic powders in. There are quite a few available. However, they don’t all taste great. I’d recommend getting sample packs and trying a few out first. Start with a small amount and build it up. Before you know it, you’ll have a power packed smoothie starting your day!
These are just a few ways you can amp up the probiotics in your diet. And don’t be afraid to try a few out. There are a ton of great options out there. You just have to find what works for you!
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