The trillions of microorganisms living in and on us have been all the rage lately—and for good reason. These good bacteria—particularly those found in our gut—may boost immunity, help improve digestion, and potentially help us shed some pounds. The science behind the link between these beneficial bacteria and our health is still new, but the results are encouraging. You can boost their growth by adding foods loaded with probiotics to your diet. Add these ten fermented foods to your diet for a healthy dose of probiotics.
Remember to start slowly when adding probiotics to your diet. Adding one to two small doses each days for a week should lower the symptoms.
Most people that include probiotics in their diet do not experience side effects other than higher energy and better digestive health. But for some—especially individuals whose gut bacteria has been out of balance, or in a state of dysbiosis, for years—there can be a die-off period when current symptoms like gas and bloating actually become aggravated. Side effects, if they occur, usually only include short-lived digestive symptoms such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea.