Bacteria gets a bad rap. It’s the stuff that makes us sick, the stuff we’re supposed to avoid at all costs. But there is such a thing as good bacteria, and when it comes to digestion, this good bacteria is crucial.
“Beneficial bacteria [known as probiotics] keeps your gut healthy,” says Stella Metsovas, a nutrition and diet expert in Los Angeles. “Having healthy, functioning intestines allows you to better digest and assimilate nutrients — a key factor to optimal health!”
While Metsovas takes a bite of kimchi or sauerkraut every morning, any foods with live active cultures (like miso, tempeh, and kefir) fit the bill.
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