Why Bacteria Can Be GOOD for You

Probiotics are about to blow up in 2017. Probiotics are good bacteria that replenish the good bacteria already in your gut. It is essential to replace bad bacteria after taking antibiotics because antibiotics kill all bacteria whether it’s good or bad. The benefits of probiotics are immense. Good bacteria supports a healthy immune system, helps reduce bloating, and adds a healthy glow to your skin. A healthy gut can ease symptoms of food allergies, reduce water weight, and sharpen the mind.

 

Sauerkraut is basically cabbage that has been fermented. It sounds nasty, and it kind of is; however, sauerkraut contains more good bacteria in ¼ cup than one probiotic supplement does. The only catch is that it must be consumed raw which means no heating up the cabbage. There are a few different ways to do this without gagging:

1. Put in on a sandwich

 2. Put in on a salad, or

3. Just bite the bullet and eat two to three forkfuls fast.

Greek yogurt is another great probiotic option for college students. It’s easy, accessible, and a quick on-the-go snack. Activia’s Greek Yogurt contains four different strains of bacteria. I know you’re thinking about Jamie Lee Curtis in all the Activia ads and wondering why I’m recommending probiotics to college students, but probiotics benefit everyone.

Kombucha is a well-known probiotic as well. Kombucha is a tea that is fermented with a culture, or a SCOBY. SCOBY stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. The cool part about kombucha is that you can brew your own for cheap or buy it at basically any grocery store. Usually the teas are either green or black and lightly sweetened.

 

Kefir is disgusting, and honestly, it would be my last resort for getting my daily probiotic. It’s milk that has been soaked with kefir grains. It smells like rotten milk, tastes sour, and generally is not a good time. However, it’s one of the best things out there in terms of probiotics. It contains various vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that are essential for your body. Some people use kefir as a salad dressing, mix it in smoothies, or drink it straight up. Personally, I like to do a light face mask with plain unsweetened kefir because it leaves my skin glowing and hydrated.

 

So make a trip to the grocery store, buy some probiotic rich food, and live your best life!