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Surprising Sources of Probiotics

By Stepy Kamei

If there's one health and wellness trend which seems to have stood the test of time and been vetted as a legitimately healthy addition to a person's diet, it's got to be probiotics. Many people have been made well aware of the nature of probiotics, or they at least understand that they are good to have. If you're still unfamiliar with how probiotics can help your system, you're probably also unsure of how and where to get them in the first place. Contrary to what some people might say, getting a diet which is rich in probiotics isn't as difficult as it sounds. 

The Usual Suspects

Yogurt is one of the most commonly cited sources of probiotics, and it's not hard to see why. Most full-fat yogurts are brimming with healthy probiotics which provide healthy bacteria to the gut and the digestive system. If you're the kind of person who will gladly enjoy a cup of yogurt in the morning, you're getting a healthy dose of probiotics. However, this may leave some people high and dry, such as those with an allergy or intolerance to dairy products, or people who choose to live a vegan lifestyle. What can be done when this is the case?

Try These On For Size

The list of probiotic sources doesn't begin and end with yogurt. There are more than a few surprising sources of probiotics which you can and should be incorporating into your diet for better health and wellness overall. 

Miso soup is commonly served at Japanese restaurants, so if you've ever dined on this kind of cuisine, you're probably aware of the taste of miso soup. Miso soup is made of fermented soy bean paste; the fermentation process is what allows for healthy bacteria to be produced. Adding a cup of miso soup to the sides of your favorite meals is a great and easy way to get more probiotics.

Kimchi and sauerkraut are also excellent sources of probiotics, also due to their lengthy fermentation processes. You may want to try making these at home for the most benefits, but you can certainly pick them up at the store also. For store-bought sauerkraut, be sure to choose a raw version because pastuerized options may have a severely reduced the amount of healthy bacteria. 

If you're looking for something to wash all this down with, consider another trendy food: Kombucha. This fermented drink is packed with probiotics, and can come in many different flavors.

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