Sunday, February 6, 2011

Foods For Your Digestive Tract

If you have ever suffered with heartburn, lactose intolerance, or acid reflux, you know there are certain foods that just don't sit well.  According to an article in the August 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, there's plenty of stuff you can eat that actually aids a host of digestive conditions. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that live in your intestine and aid digestion.  They also keep naturally occurring bad bacterial in check and may help treat gastrointestinal illness.  Newcomers on the health radar screen, probiotics are the nutrients that allow probiotics to thrive.  You can get both from certain foods, and eating them together is a great way to ensure they're doing the most for your body.

Best probiotic foods: Yogurt, buttermilk, cottage cheese, fermented milks such as acidophilus milk and kefir, and fermented soybean such as miso and tempeh.

Best prebiotic foods: Artichokes, bananas, berries, almonds, barley, flax, wheat, oats, leeks, asparagus, honey, chicory root, garlic, onions, and legumes

Tips: Combine oats with yogurt in the morning for maximum benefit.  Not sure about your yogurt's probiotic status? Look for the National Yogurt Association's Live & Active Cultures seal ( to see if your yogurt has enough to get a health benefit (100 million cultures per gram, or for frozen yogurt, 10 million per gram).


smilinggreenmom February 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

I love our probiotic! We have been taking Vidazorb for about two years now ever since their Belly Boost for kids helped our little boy so much with his severe eczema and food allergies. It's been amazing - we haven't looked into prebiotic though!

jasonryz February 7, 2011 at 5:52 PM  

Thanks for this great article. Although natural foods may contain probiotics, if you look at the literature posted by - they state that the amount of CFU necessary for any clinical affect needs to be higher than natural foods and taken in a supplement form. Although eating foods with naturally occurring probiotics is great to due - to improve the effect, try to add supplements t your diet.

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