The New Probiotics on the Block
The importance of gut health has long been understood but access to probiotics has become easier in recent years. The gut, or bowels, is home to different types of bacteria that are necessary for the efficient digestion of food as well as immune function and weight management.
Researchers say that maintaining a diet that is high in fibre is a great way to promote good gut health, with broccoli, asparagus and apples being touted as simple foods to incorporate (or maintain) in your diet. Other foods that are also great sources of probiotics include yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso.
In addition to whole foods, the probiotics market is growing and there are different types of products available that you may find interesting:
Soupologie Drinking Vinegar
Flavoured with fresh, cold pressed fruits and vegetables, the Soupologie range is comes in Coconut and Lime, Kale and Kiwi and Strawberry and Basil flavours.
These drinking vinegars contain 1bn live cultures and are suitable for vegans.
HealthSpan YoGo Pro
Each box comes with a bottle and 20 sachets for you to use with your preferred milk base. Just pour the milk to the line, add the contents of the sachet, shake and drink. Contains 2 billion live cultures (Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium lactis strains).
Rhythm Health Kefir Drink
The Rhythm Health Kefir Drink was created from a desire to make a probiotic that was dairy free, live, raw, nutritious and effective. You’ll find Bifidobacterium, L.acidophilus, L.rhamnosus, L.paracasei in each bottle and the products are available in Pure Coconut, Coconut Mango and Passionfruit, Coconut Greens (500ml only) and Pink Ginger (125ml only)
A Final Word
With regards to when you should take your probiotics, the health industry is split. Some say it’s best to take them on an empty stomach as there is less residual acid in the stomach, some say that 30 minutes after a meal is best to mitigate the effects of the stomach acid while others suggest taking probiotics with fibre. Some of this confusion may be down to the fact that different strains of bacteria ‘perform’ differently depending on when they are taken.