What are Some Sources of Probiotics?
If you’re a fan of dairy, probiotics may already be part of your regular diet. They’re frequently found in cultured dairy products. Probiotics are also found in fermented foods, which use yeast and bacteria to convert sugars into acids and promote the growth of microbial cultures. Common fermented foods containing probiotics include:1
What Happens if I Combine Probiotics With Prebiotic Fiber?
Prebiotic fiber helps probiotics flourish and promotes their growth. Combing these two let’s you get the most out of your probiotics. Benefiber + Probiotic Gummies are an easy way to supplement your diet with both of these. It provides prebiotic fiber in the form of inulin, a non-viscous soluble fiber made from chicory root.7 Inulin can also be found in foods like leeks, asparagus, onions, garlic, oats, and soybeans. Similar to probiotics, the main benefit of prebiotic fiber is to help support digestive health.7
Are There Side Effects When Taking Probiotic Supplements?
Probiotic supplements are generally safe when used as directed, but you may want to consider some possible side effects. When first taking a probiotic supplement, your gut may not be used to the change in bacteria, which may lead to some unpleasant symptoms like gas, bloating, or diarrhea.8 Additionally, anyone with a food allergy or intolerance should be sure to read the full list of ingredients and check with their healthcare provider.
If you maintain a healthy balanced diet, probiotic supplements may help support your overall gut health. But it’s always helpful to talk to a healthcare provider before deciding if you can benefit from probiotic supplements and which type best fits your digestive needs.
6. Stay hydrated.
Drink plenty of water and you'll be less likely to reach for unhealthy beverages. Make it easy: Carry a refillable water bottle everywhere you go.
8. Snack on nuts.
Almonds, pecans, and macadamia nuts are all healthy picks, as are Brazil nuts, cashews, and pistachios. A single handful between meals should be enough to stave off hunger.
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- "High-fiber Foods." Mayo Clinic. 8 Oct. 2015. Web. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948.
- Zeratsky, Katherine. "Breakfast: How Does It Help Weight Control?" Mayo Clinic. 18 Feb. 2015. Web.http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/expert-answers/food-and-nutrition/faq-20058449.
- Zelman, Kathleen M. "Slow Down, You Eat Too Fast." WebMD. 2004. Web.http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/slow-down-you-eat-too-fast#1.
- "Food Composition Databases Show Foods — Apples, Raw, with Skin." United States Department of Agriculture. Agricultural Research Service, Web. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2122?fgcd=&manu=&lfacet=&format=&count=&max=50&offset=&sort=default&order=asc&qlookup=09003&ds=&qt=&qp=&qa=&qn=&q=&ing=.
- "Why Is Sleep Important?" National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 22 Feb. 2012. Web. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why.