Do Good for Your Gut with Probiotics

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One of the more recent health crazes is adding more probiotic-rich foods into our diet… and for good reason. Probiotics help increase the amount of good bacteria in our gut flora, the space where millions of both good and bad bacteria live in our gut. Recent research is showing how the health of our gut plays an immense role in the health of the rest of our body.

So… what are probiotics? Probiotics are live bacteria that live in our intestines. When our gut has a healthy balance of good bacteria, there are many important potential benefits:

aiding in the digestion and absorption of foods

decreasing digestive issues such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas and abdominal discomfort

improving our mood, immune system and blood sugar control

reducing the risk of infection

We naturally have these good bacteria in our gut already, but unfortunately there are a variety of factors that can cause an imbalance in our gut flora. A diet high in processed foods, stress, and taking multiple rounds of antibiotics or other medications can all decrease the amount of the natural probiotics found in our gut. That is why it’s important that, along with a healthy diet, we consume foods high in probiotics.

Probiotic-rich foods are filling the shelves of Hy-Vee, including natural foods and product supplements! The most common natural probiotic-containing foods are those that have been fermented, including:

Low-sugar yogurt

Kefir (a drinkable yogurt)

Kombucha (a fermented tea)

Sauerkraut or kimchi (fermented cabbage and other vegetables)

Miso or tempeh (fermented soybean products)

Choosing probiotic foods versus supplements can help the healthy bacteria surpass your acidic stomach to reach your intestines. And with foods like yogurt, you are also providing your body with multiple essential nutrients such as calcium, B vitamins and potassium.

One Step Shredded Wheat Parfait

Serves 1.


All you need:

1 (5.3 oz) container Dannon Activia raspberry yogurt

2/3 cup crushed Hy-Vee One Step shredded wheat cereal

¼ cup fresh raspberries

1 tbsp sliced almonds


All you do:

1. Spoon about half of the yogurt into the bottom of a parfait glass or other tall glass. Cover with 1/3 cup crushed shredded wheat cereal. Repeat layers of yogurt and shredded wheat.

2. Top with fresh raspberries and sliced almonds.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 220 calories, 3.5g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 42g carbohydrates, 14g sugar, 9g fiber, 8g protein

Daily values: 0% vitamin A, 9% vitamin C, 20% calcium, 60% iron.

Source: Hy-Vee dietitians.

This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.