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The Importance of Family Dental Hygiene

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Just recently, all four of us had our yearly check up at the dentist. Husband and I were given the thumbs up by our dentist, who said we’re obviously taking good care of our teeth and practising proper dental hygiene, but he had a few notes for the girls.

Sausage needed to include her gums when she’s brushing, because her gums bled slightly when the dentist prodded at them (something they don’t want to see) and BB was told she’s doing a good job but she needed to make sure she’s including her whole mouth when she brushes, not just at the front. He also said it would be a good idea to visit an orthodontic clinic in the net few months as Sausage is getting to the age where a decision about braces can be made.

A lot of people don’t realise, but poor dental hygiene can actually lead to a whole load of other health problems, not all of which will be in your mouth – it can even put you at risk of a heart attack. Here are some serious health problems, from the NHS website, which can start with poor dental hygiene:

  • Gum disease dangers

    Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth. It’s mainly caused by bacteria from plaque build-up. In some people who are susceptible to gum disease, the body over-reacts to the bacteria around the gums and causes too much inflammation. In others, the inflammation doesn’t clear up properly. The result of the intense gum inflammation is that it also affects the bloodstream, and is believed to slowly damage blood vessels in the heart and brain over a long period of time.

    What’s the damage?

    Gum disease has been linked to a variety of other health problems, including:

    • heart disease and heart attacks
    • diabetes and its control
    • stroke
    • rheumatoid arthritis

    Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, explains: “The link between oral health and overall body health is well documented and backed by robust scientific evidence. Despite this, only 1 in 6 people realises that people with gum disease may have an increased risk of stroke or diabetes. And only 1 in 3 is aware of the heart disease link.”

So how do we get kids to take their dental health seriously? Obviously we don’t want to scare them with tales of heart disease and diabetes, but impressing upon them how important it is to keep their mouths in good shape can be the difference between a life of good health and serious ongoing issues. 

Start As You Mean to Go On

Establishing a good routine from an early age is essential to getting kids to see tooth brushing as part of their daily activities. You can start brushing teeth as soon as they erupt, using a special baby toothbrush with no paste. Help them to make a game of brushing by doing it to music and letting baby have a go of doing it themselves. If they see tooth brushing as fun, they’re far more likely to want to do it.

Get An App

There are loads of apps out there which have built-in timers to ensure kids brush for the correct amount of time and also often have fun songs or animations which your kids can brush along with. Have a look in your device’s app store to find one suitable for you.

Offer a Reward

Giving your child a reward for brushing should be a regular item in a parent’s arsenal, but the reward that works best will depend on your child’s age and interests. Someone under the age of eight, for example, may be receptive to a funny bedtime story before lights out – but only after he brushes. For an older child, a good reward might be letting him watch an episode of a favourite TV show between brushing and bed.

Remember, good dental hygiene doesn’t just happen in the bathroom – what they eat and drink can also be a contributing factor. People are mostly aware that fizzy drinks and sugary sweets are an issue, but a lot of people fail to remember that fruit and milk also have high sugar and acid contents, which can also attack the enamel of teeth.

If your kids eat fruit or drink milk, make sure they clean their teeth afterwards and try to give only water before bed as the lack of saliva  in the mouth during sleep means that it’s even easier for the tooth decay to occur.

3 Reasons to Treat Yourself like You’re Someone Worth Taking Care Of

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We all grow up watching some pretty optimistic cartoons, hearing some pretty optimistic bedtime stories, and believing that our lives should be great, joyful adventures. And of course, they should be, and can be.

The sad thing, however, is that many of us become disheartened along the way due to struggles with hardships of various sorts.

What makes things worse, is the fact that we’re often so hard and callous towards ourselves even in the midst of all that sorrow and uncertainty.

You’d think we’d give ourselves a break, and set ourselves up with Tempur Mattresses and aromatic candles in order to help take the edge off and get some much-needed rest when things are rough. But many of us do the opposite, and beat ourselves up in addition to whatever life might be throwing at us.

Here are some reasons why it’s essential that you treat yourself like someone worth taking care of, instead.

Because you’re not “perfect the way you are”, but you’ve got something in you that is great and that deserves nurturing

One significant reason why people often fail to treat themselves with the care and respect they deserve, is because they feel that to do so would be to accept the idea that they are “perfect the way they are.”

That “perfect the way you are” line is often used by well-meaning people to boost our confidence, and help us see ourselves in a better light. But it very often backfires and irritates the people it’s applied to, because the truth is that no one is “perfect” the way they are. We are all human, and there’s always room for improvement.

Instead of telling yourself that you’re “perfect” as you are, tell yourself that there is something in you that is great and that deserves to be brought forth and nurtured. Because there really is.

Because to live a fulfilling and empowered life, you need to “work with” yourself, rather than trying to “dominate” yourself

Societies tend, sooner or later, to rebel when oppressed by brutal dictators. And so too will the different parts of your psyche “rebel” if you tyrannise yourself.

In order to live a fulfilling and empowered life, you need to “work with” yourself rather than trying to “dominate” yourself.

In other words, there’s a reason why, when it’s time to work, you may not feel like it. That reason is that part of your subconscious mind views work as suffering, and is concerned. The key is to gain the trust of that part of yourself by providing balance and compassion. By trying to “crush” it instead, you only throw yourself into further inner turmoil and anxiety.

Because you represent an endless pool of potential, and you can be and do so much if you only believe in yourself

Everyone represents an essentially endless pool of potential. That is to say, if your whole life was directed mindfully towards certain aims, you could achieve just about anything, either directly or indirectly.

The thing about potential is that it can be squandered. All you have to do to fail to meet your potential is to sit around, and not do anything. Then, the years will pass you by, and on your deathbed, you will realise that you missed your chances.

Treating yourself with respect and care, and constantly motivating and encouraging yourself forward, is the only way to maximise the expression of your potential, and to do great things with your life. So, why not set out on that path?

How To Help A Loved One Suffering From Addiction

Addiction affects friends, families and loved ones. Knowing how to help the person addicted can be quite a struggle. It’s hard to know when to get help, how to get help and how to approach the person. Helping an addictive loved one get help can mean the difference between life and death.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of addiction is important when deciding if it’s time to approach a loved one about their problem. When their abuse starts to interfere with their daily life, causes memory loss and they have accidents, it’s time to talk to them. They may not realize their is a real problem or might not want to admit it. A loved one on the outside of the issue can give them the perspective they need to know it’s time to get help. Addiction isn’t just about an event that happens once or twice. If they get drunk and stumble in causing a stir once in a year, they might have just had a bad night. Watch for patterns over a period of time. They may try to hide it or say they only drink socially. Note a difference in their physical statute and/or their behavior when you believe they are inebriated.

Trust

It’s hard to trust an addicted person many times. They may have let you down due to their addiction even if it isn’t in their control. You have to step back and realize it’s more important for them to trust you than for you to let your hurt take over. Don’t nag or lecture them about the addiction. You want them to be able to talk openly about the problem and vent about it to you. They may swear up and down they can change, but an addicted person will not change until they are forced to face the consequences of their actions. It can be hard to trust them due to this fact, but you have to trust they will listen and get help when you approach them about their issues.

Compassion

It’s important to help your loved one by using compassion. The thing they most need is someone that listens and understands. Many times the addicted person feels as if someone is suffering with them and actually going through the process with them. This means they understand you recognize their pain and are trying to truly help. They feel heard and seen so they aren’t alone. Fighting addiction alone is crippling to many addicts. They know someone truly cares and wants to help them without criticizing them through the whole journey. They may understand you have no clue about addiction and what it does to their mind, but they also understand you’re trying to step in their shoes and won’t let them fail.

Communicate

Keep all lines of communication open and free of judgement. You need to learn more from the person about their addiction daily and let them vent about their frustrations. They may feel like a failure or feel they cannot be helped. Listen to them and be open with your concerns as well. Don’t lecture them about their addiction, but be a listening ear offering positive words. This will help them as they go into recovery knowing someone is on their side.

Upgrade Your Spa’s Decor With These 9 Brilliant Hacks

When you go to a spa, you would expect to enter a place that brings to life the ideals of serenity, tranquility, peace, relaxation and rejuvenation. You would see bamboo shoots, hot rocks, massage tables, hot oil and many other such items that would bring a feeling of relaxation to you. The attendants would treat you and wait on you hand and foot to give you a royal experience like never before.

However, service and items are only one part of the equation. Your decor has to match what you are trying to sell. The environment affects the people in it as well. Unless you have decor that matches the idea of a spa and your brand, your customers may not always leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Do you feel that you have a problem with your spa’s decor? Don’t stress! You can upgrade your spa’s decor with these 9 brilliant hacks. Scroll down to check them out!

Colour Scheming
Colour plays a huge role in establishing the ambiance of a place. For a spa, it would be best to avoid insanely bright colors. The best colors to use would be slightly dark shades of green, white, or brown; colors that represent the earth and bring in a sense of-of cool and calmness. If you use a combination of these colors as your color scheme, you can rest assured that your customers are going to appreciate the ambiance a lot.

Lighting
Having a massage in a spa with insanely bright lights or in a pitch black room is not most people’s idea of relaxing. The lighting in your spa also accentuates the ambiance just as much as the color scheme does. You would want to go for lighting that is bright enough for your customers to read but just dark enough for them to be relaxed. Once you have the right amount of lighting, your customers can enjoy their service a whole lot more.

Art
It’s not a bad idea to have art in your spa, but it is a bad idea to have art that might offend or be out of place with your spa’s brand image. You may like a particular piece of artwork but your clients might say otherwise. So, to be on the safe side, go for artwork that is not risque but more conservative or abstract. Be sure that the artwork you plan on installing matches your decor or you could receive negative feedback about that as well.

Plants
Plants are a vital part of your decor and a great way to bring in a natural aspect to your spa. Whether they are real or fake does not matter much but what kind they are and how you use them does. Fake ones are advised though because they are easy to maintain and have a strong resemblance to the real ones. Silk ferns, faux floral arrangements, artificial bonsai trees and a boxwood topiary or two would really help in enhancing your spa’s decor for customers. Be sure to keep at least one plant in each room to add a nice touch of nature to your spa.

Scents
Scents can definitely help in upgrading your spa’s ambiance. Your customers would love to enjoy a place that appeases not just their visual perceptions, but also their other sensory perceptions as well. Try not to use scents that are overpowering or overwhelming. Some customers would have a problem with the strength of the scent. Instead, try to use a scent that is light and refreshing. With a pleasant odor to add to your ambiance, your customers can truly feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

Furniture
The furniture of the spa also needs to be in sync with the brand image of the spa. Get furniture that is not cheap. Cheap furniture wears out a lot of fasters and many of your customers will be able to tell. High-quality furniture with designs that suit the aesthetic of your spa would be perfect. Pay extra attention to the comfort levels of your customers by checking how comfortable the furniture is to use. Cushions would add to the comfort aspect as well so be sure to get plenty of those to go with your furniture.

Avoid Cluttering
Having a space that looks too small can be bad for business. Go for a minimalistic approach that makes space look big by having small amounts of items placed in certain areas of the room. Your clients will get a better feel of the ambiance by having a small lamp or a Buddha in the corner with the rest of the space free from other items that might make it look cluttered.

Ventilation
Ventilation is extremely necessary when it comes to your spa’s business. Your customers cannot have a wonderful experience when every room feels like a sauna. Having good air conditioners is a must with a ceiling fan just in case the AC makes them feel too cold. Keep the ACs at a temperature where customers won’t feel too cold but just enough to make them relax and enjoy the experience you wish to give them.

Music
If anything can help enhance your spa’s ambiance, it will be music. Don’t use club music or anything that’s too upbeat. Slow, instrumental tracks can set the mood right for a sauna or a message. Slow jazz or music from the Far East is perfect to set the mood for your customers. These types of music can actually help them relax and give in to the wonderful treatments that you have in store for them.

These 9 hacks will help bring out the beauty of your spa and guarantee your customers an experience that is worth their money. Be sure to research more on what exactly you would utilize from all the above and how you can combine them to make your spa more unique. With a bit of research and implementation of your plans, your spa will experience a boom in a business like never before.

Ways To Look And Feel Younger

As we age, we realise that time is no longer on our side and we find ourselves wishing that we could turn back the clock to our youth. But there are ways to look and feel younger. Here are a few to get you started!

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Exercise Regularly

Exercise is good for the body, and no matter how young or old you are, regular exercise is key to feeling younger. Pick a form of exercise that you enjoy, whether that’s weight training at the gym or joining a sports club. You should aim to get at least 20 minutes of exercise per day, even if it’s a brisk walk during the evening.

It can also make a world of difference to your energy levels, and when the blood is pumping around the body, it helps keep the skin healthy too.

Get Your Teeth Whitened

We can easily neglect our teeth over time, and a trip to the dentist is often few and far between. With the amount of coffee, food and drink that likely stains our teeth, it’s useful to get your teeth whitened regularly to bring back that youthful glow. If you’re looking for teeth whitening and other dental procedures then dental spas like Bright & White are becoming very popular for those who want a faster, and more tailored service.

Have A Good Skincare Routine

The secret to good skin is having a good skincare routine and drinking lots of water. You should have a skincare routine from your mid-twenties and change over the products as your skin ages to cater for the natural changes in your skin. Always remove your makeup at the end of the day and use a cleansing oil to get rid of all dirt and makeup residue. Exfoliators are great for buffing away dead skin cells but be careful if you have sensitive skin not to get anything that’s too abrasive.

It’s good to know your skin type too so that you can buy products that will actually benefit your skin rather than make it worse. Your skin type also changes during your lifetime so always check back in with your dermatologist or local beautician for a checkup.

Tailor Your Wardrobe

For some, styling your outfits to suit your shape comes easily but for many, it can be quite difficult. It’s always a good idea to look at your wardrobe at the end of every season and work out what you’re lacking. Think about your body shape and what’s best to fit your body. Find clothes that are comfortable for you because you’ll naturally glow if you love the outfit you’re wearing.

Don’t always go for the trends or what others are wearing, define your own style! Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself with new colours or prints either. You might just surprise yourself.

Age comes to us all, but we can choose whether we age gracefully or if we decide to give ourselves a little helping hand. There is no wrong way, so do what you want to feel comfortable and happy in your body.

3 home improvements that can make a difference in later life

Whether you need to make changes to your home now and you’re just thinking about the future, it’s important to be aware of the improvements that can help make a difference in later life. In this blog, we take a look at three ways you enhance your home to create a safe, more convenient living space.

  1. An adjustable bed

As you get older, you may find that getting in and out of bed becomes more difficult, especially if you have limited mobility. So, if you struggle to access your bed, you might want to think about upgrading this part of your sleep space. For example, an adjustable bed might be ideal. These pieces of furniture can be altered in terms of position, tilt and height, making it easier for you to get into and out the bed, as well as reducing your chances of twisting awkwardly or getting stuck. You can find these beds with a range of useful features too. For instance, furniture specialists Alpine HC offer models that can be controlled via an app on your smartphone, as well as double dual action designs which allow you to operate each side independently.

 

  1. A stairlift

If you struggle to use your stairs, installing a stairlift could help. This mechanical device is designed to lift and transport you up and down the stairwell, meaning you don’t need to worry about potentially falling and hurting yourself. A stairlift enables you to keep your independence and freedom around your home, and it can help make you feel safer too.


  1. An adapted bathroom suite

    To help you use your bathroom more safely, it might be worth having an adapted suite installed. Improving the room in this way can make bathing easier, as well as ensuring you don’t slip or fall.

For example, you could arrange to have a seat installed in your tub. This provides you with a place to sit while you’re in the water, enabling you to wash yourself with ease. It can also help you get into and out of the bath. If you have a shower-bath combination and you find it difficult to step over the edge of the tub, you could replace it with a walk-in design. This allows you to simply walk into the shower when you need to.

You could even accompany your new suite with other useful accessories, such as anti-slip mat in the tub, clearly marked hot and cold faucets and a toilet with a raised seat.

There’s no reason why you should struggle in your own home. By putting these suggestions in place, you could significantly improve your day-to-day life.

4 Ways to Look After Yourself This Winter

winter self-careWith winter comes late, but beautiful sunrises and glorious sunsets, not forgetting gorgeous walks through the frozen countryside and the twinkling lights of the festive season. But when you’re a parent, winter also means snotty noses, chapped lips, coughs, colds, the flu and of course, those dreaded sickness bugs that spread like wildfire.

Getting sick of the winter season is often inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to look after yourself, even if you are a busy parent. So, don’t just battle through it – here are some help tips and advice you can take to help you look after yourself this winter.

Looking good makes you feel good

Yep. When it comes to winter, with harsh winds, driving rain and bitter snow, many of us don’t bother with makeup or even moisturiser. But if you don’t take the time to look after yourself, then you’re going to run yourself down and be more susceptible to illness. So, take the time to moisturise your skin, and don’t cancel that microblading appointment – what is microblading, you ask? Click the link to find out more – make sure you take those extra vitamins and put your feet up once in a while. Your body and mind will thank you.

Kill the germs at the source

If you’re really worried about flu and sickness bugs this winter then it’s important to try and kill them off at the source, and that means regular handwashing. Make sure everyone in the house is following a strict handwashing routine, which means washing after the using the bathroom and before eating, and especially if they sneeze or use a tissue. It’s also a good idea to get the kids to wash their hands when they come home from school. Remember to regularly wipe down door handles, light switches and even the TV remote to keep the germs at bay!

Go outside

It might seem like you’re exposing yourself to more germs but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Getting outside will certainly give your immune system a boost and it’s certainly better than sitting inside the stuffy house. Even if you just bundle up for a short walk around the block, your vitamin D levels will certainly enjoy a boost from the sunlight and your mood will certainly rise. Giving your mental health a much needed boost too.

Keep hydrated

We tend to drink more in the summer time because, quite simply – we’re thirstier! In the cold weather, a cold glass of water might not have the same appeal as it does on a scorching day but staying hydrated will certainly keep those nasties at bay. If you don’t fancy water then try some simple fruit juice or fruit infused water. Treat yourself to a new water bottle so you’re reminded to drink the recommended amount of water per day. Drinking plenty will keep UTI’s at bay, as well as helping your joints to stay flexible and supple – it helps with brain function too!

5 Signs and Symptoms Of Alcohol Overuse

AlcoholAlcohol abuse has become the order of the day and many people are getting hooked up day after day by the addiction and it is quite hard as I can say. However how hard people try to hide it, it becomes quite impossible to hide it. There are some signs and symptoms that even the most ignorant people cannot get to ignore. It will be pretty good if I shared some of the top five signs and symptoms of alcohol overuse. However, despite the fact that a person shows these signs and symptoms, it is not enough for you to kick them out and just ignore them. As a matter of fact, it is important to take care of them and incorporate them into the world and the best way to do this is to to get a good rehab center for them where they will get help from therapists and from all the medical experts that they require. Help a brother to live a good life.

  1. Poor Speech

Just like any other drug, alcohol will mess with the speech function as it messes up with the body system. This is because alcohol is ingested to the blood very fast as it requires no digestion or anything more. This will mess with the brain system such as speech and a person will speak either very slowly or the words will be uncoordinated and make no sense.

  1. Potbelly

 Now, this is not the major sign but trust me it comes with the alcohol package. Alcohol adds nothing to the body and this means that it will just lay there in the stomach without use. The alcohol content will just fill up in the colon and it will lay there waiting to go through the liver and kidney and what it really does is just burn them up. This might explain why these guys are not able to hold their bladder for long.

  1. Impaired Judgment

Being a slave to alcohol is one of the worst slaveries there can be. It is in most cases where people lack the opportunity to visit rehab centers such as Ambrosia Treatment Center where they remain in slavery all their days. Ambrosia treatment center has the best-specialized treatment facility that is well equipped and the best part about them is that not only do they have the best staff but also it is located on an island. So much fun, right?

  1. Financial Strain

Financial strain is tied closely to alcoholism as it means that once you are an addict you will have to quench your thirst and this means keeping on refilling your liquor cabinet. Alcohol is quite addictive due to something that specialists will call the immediate feeling. What it makes you feel at the time is what that really captures you.

  1. Burnt Lips

Beers are not commonly known for this mishap but spirits will definitely do this. Have you ever seen people with lips that look so pinkish as though acid has been poured on them? Then next time you see that know that they are either on alcohol or it has been caused by a drug that they smoke. Most alcoholics so happen to be smokers, heavy smokers

Vaping in Public – Should it Be Allowed?

A few weeks ago, Husband and I went on a rare night out for our friends’ 40th birthday. We went for a meal and a few drinks and a brilliant night was had by all (even if it did go far too quickly!). After we’d finished our meal, we went to a bar we’ve been to lots of times before, and as I was walking out of the door to use my e-cigarette, a bouncer stopped me to ask if I was going outside to vape (I got my e-cigarette from a vape store online). I confirmed, and he said something frankly fabulous to me:

“You don’t have to go outside to vape. You can use it inside”.

So disbelieving was I that I asked the doorman to repeat himself, but he was 100% serious. The venue we were in allowing vaping inside. Being able to sit at our table and use my e-cigarette made my evening so much more enjoyable for me (obviously, I checked that my friends were okay with it, too) and it got me thinking – should more places allow vapers to vape indoors?

It seems I’m not the only one to have had these thoughts – an official report has been released which says that making vapers stand with smokers to use their e-cigs is doing more harm than good. Many people use e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking conventional cigarettes (something which currently costs the NHS £2.6bn per year) and exposing quitters to cigarette smoke could cause a slippery slope back to smoking again.

Quitting smoking has been shown to be so much easier with e-cigarretes – an estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes and of these, 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking cigarettes. They carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes and can be particularly effective when combined with extra quitting support.

If you’re thinking of switching to a vape, there’s a ton of vape reviews online to help you to work out which would be best for you. Aside from the health benefits, you’ll save an absolute fortune versus conventional cigarettes, and with more and more places allowing it inside, you’ll never have to stand in a cold, dingy, STINKY smoking shelter again!

How And Why You Should Increase Your Family’s Probiotic Intake

If you’ve been researching healthier lifestyles, you’ve probably run across the term “probiotics.” But what are they, and why are they important?

How can they help your family live better?

The Basics

Probiotics are “good” bacteria that live in your gut. They play an integral role in our overall wellness by influencing our digestion, mental health, immunity, skin and other facets of our health.

Your body makes probiotics on its own, but there are several reasons why you might want to increase your intake:

– You have an imbalance of “good” and “bad” bacteria. This could be due to illness, injury, poor diet, lactose intolerance or any number of medical issues.

– You’re struggling with something like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and your symptoms could be eased with better digestive habits.

– You’re taking antibiotics that are interfering with the natural balance of bacteria in your body.

Getting Enough Probiotics

There are many ways to increase the probiotics in your gut. You’re probably most familiar with supplements, but you can also eat certain foods that have been cultivated to contain them.

You might prefer a more natural method if you’re trying to help your entire family with their digestive health. While kid-friendly supplements exist, a lot of parents are simply more comfortable with the organic path. It’s also a lot more fun to prepare a meal together rather than popping probiotic tablets!

Here are just a few foods that are rich in probiotics:

1. Yogurt

You’re probably already familiar with yogurt because of how delicious it is but are you aware that it is one of the best dietary sources of probiotics?

It is made by the bacterial fermentation of milk and has many of the benefits of dairy while also helping to boost the friendly bacteria in your stomach.

Just be sure to avoid sugary yogurts with lots of additives.

2. Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk drink that is similar to yogurt in function but has a more fluid consistency.

It’s also a bit on the sour side you may need to flavor it with some fruits.

3. Tempeh

If you’ve never heard of tempeh, you’re in for a treat. It’s a soybean product that originated in Indonesia but is currently enjoyed all around the world.

The fermentation process makes it bind together in a solid, cake-like form, and it’s popular with vegetarians, health food enthusiasts and anyone who wants more protein or probiotics in their diet. Consider experimenting a little with your next family dinner.

4. Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a kind of shredded cabbage that’s been fermented with lactic acid bacteria. It’s known for its white appearance and sour flavor, and it’s frequently used as a topping on sausages and hot dogs to give them a bit of a kick.

In addition to its taste, sauerkraut is also a great source of probiotics, so it can improve your health and expand your horizons at the same time.

5. Pickles

In terms of probiotics, pickles are cucumbers which have been placed in a salt and water solution and left to ferment for some time. This fermentation process is what creates the healthy bacteria that are beneficial to our health.

The drawback to pickles is that they are high in sodium due to the amount of salt used in the fermentation.

Pickles created using vinegar do not have probiotics.