The human gut is home to over 100 trillion bacteria, known as the “gut flora.” Having a healthy gut flora is incredibly important for your overall health, and probiotics can help support this.

Probiotics are foods — think yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, or kefir — that contain live active cultures of bacteria. Not the “bad” bacteria like in spoiled meat, but the “good” bacteria that will join with the preexisting good bacteria already living in your body.

If you find your body is out of whack with digestive problems, inflammation, or other chronic diseases, the underlying cause may in fact be an imbalanced gut flora. Adding probiotics to your diet can help to replenish and balance the good bacteria in your body and to override any bad bacterial cultures that are trying to take over.

For some inspiration, check out with this quick and efficient salad dressing diet hack that’s easy on your wallet.

Step 1:

First decide if you prefer a creamy or vinegar-based dressing. Use organic olive oil as the base, then mix in your desired additives. For example, you can make a turmeric balsamic vinegar dressing with about a 1:1 mixture of olive oil to balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp. turmeric powder, a pinch of garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.

Step 2a:

Once you’ve made your dressing, add a dose of probiotics. 

If it’s creamy, add 2 tbsp. kefir or yogurt.

Step 2b:

If it’s vinegar-based, add two tbsp. kombucha or sauerkraut juice.

Step 3:

Refrigerate. Then shake, pour, and enjoy!