** This post is sponsored by ProbioSlim. All opinions are my own.
It’s getting to the time of year when people are starting to think about how to keep from getting a cold or flu, and then right after that begins the New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. What if I told you that you could help yourself achieve both these goals by adding one simple thing to your daily routine? Seem too good to be true? Well, it might not be. Read on.
Our gut is filled with millions of bacteria, some good and some not so good. The good bacteria in our gut is what makes up the bulk of our immune system and helps us fight off those nasty cold and flu bugs. Making sure that our gut is full of good bacteria can help give us that immune boost we’re all looking for in the colder months. Taking a daily probiotic can help us keep our gut flora stocked up with the good bacteria to do just that.
Not only do probiotics help boost our immune system, they can also help keep us regular and reduce bloating. The good bacteria keeps our colon moving and helps prevent not just constipation, but diarrhea too. Plus, all that regularity keeps the bloat at bay and may also promote weight loss. With all the benefits of probiotics even the Wall Street Journal is writing about them!
So, how exactly do you get a daily dose of probiotics?
First, there are many different types of probiotic bacteria strains, and not all of them work well for all people. You’ll have to do some experimenting to find the strain that works best with your body. With that being said, here are a few ways to get probiotics into your daily routine.
1. Probiotic supplements
There are many different types of probiotic supplements, from ones like ProbioSlim that offers the added benefit of green tea extract, to ones like Femdophilus which are marketed specifically to women.
A lot of us already eat yogurt every day, but not all yogurts contain live probiotic cultures. If you choose to eat a bit of yogurt every day to get your probiotics in make sure to read the label and that the yogurt you choose contains live and active cultures.
3. Other fermented foods
Many cultures around the world include some type of traditional fermented food such as sauerkraut, kefir, natto etc. As with yogurt that you get from the store, make sure the “fermented” food you’re buying is actually traditionally fermented so it contains live and active cultures versus simply having flavorings to make it taste fermented. An alternative is to make your own fermented foods at home which is quite simple. Take a look at my previous post on making your own kefir.
Do you take a daily probiotic? Share how you get your probiotics in the comments below!
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