Category Archives: The Healthy Life

Natural Ways to Fall Asleep

Sleeping is incredibly important to our health and to those around us. I’m not a morning person, but I’m even worse if I don’t get good sleep. After having a baby sleep is even more important. So I had to reset how I approach sleep. That’s really something to think about. We train ourselves to eat healthily, workout, but many may not think about the benefits of creating a healthy sleep workout or routine.

Here are the basic rules we recommend adding to your routine to create a strong foundation (adjust as needed – we are all different):

  • No caffeine after 4PM
  • Limit alcohol intake 2 hours prior to bed
  • Avoid screens an hour before bed (this is absolute)
  • Eliminate light entirely (try blackout blinds or sleep masks)
  • Regular exercise (3-5 days per week, but not late in the evening)
  • Dim the lights in the house (think about screens, and atmosphere lighting)

Now add a few of these to the menu for the perfect sleep routine:

Essential oils

Breathing in essential oils has been proven to provide benefits, but did you know it can help you sleep? The use of essential oils for medicinal purposes has an ancient history, going back to early Egyptian, Chinese, and Roman societies. Ever hear of the Hippocratic Oath? That’s the ethical pledge taken by physicians for centuries (now, often taken by students upon graduation from medical school). It’s named for Greek physician, Hippocrates, who studied the effects of essential oils and was a proponent of their healing, health-promoting properties.

Researchers have found that a blend of sleep-promoting essential oils worked more effectively to improve both sleep quality and quality of life than acupressure.

We recommend Lavender, Jasmine, or Sandalwood to get you feeling sleepy and relaxed. We love

Batting your eyes

Have you heard of the asleep paradox? One University of Glasgow study found that if you try to stay awake, your brain will actually make you fall asleep. So I’ve found it very helpful to lay down and drift my eyes open and shut telling myself to stay awake, my body response is to fight me trying to keep my eyes open and I fall asleep. Give it a try, it may just work!

Meditating the mind

Meditating apps are abundant, meditating on your to-do list, your day, whatever helps you. There are even meditating options just for sleep. Just clearing your mind helps you find sleep an easier dance partner. I meditate by writing down the most pressing things on my mind so that my brain can relax and know that it doesn’t have to worry. I also like to mix this with a diffuser of essential oil blends into the bedroom. Try this Diffusers Delight Collection.

Supplements to induce sleep

Melatonin is a hormone that regulates your sleep and awake cycles. and this supplement can be taken for those who really need help balancing those cycles. We love this in lozenge form from Nature’s Way.  Melatonin, not your thing? Check out these Bach Original Flower Essences Sleep Melts that harness the power of White Chestnut to help the mind relax and easy into sleep.

Drinking a warm beverage

Drinking a cup of hot water with lemon or a cup of tea (sans caffeine) can do wonders for the body to put it in a sleepy state. The warm beverage has an effect that makes some relaxed to welcome sleep. We recommend trying Mighty Leaf’s Chamomile Citrus Blossom Herbal Tea or Pukka’s Night Time Herbal Tea.

Breathing exercises to calm the body

Lying in a comfortable position in bed, follow this sequence about five or six times:

  1. Breathe in for 4 seconds
  2. Hold breath for 7 seconds
  3. Slowly breathe out for 8 seconds

White-noise app to drown out the noise-pollution

When my daughter was born we used a white-noise machine for her and it was so soothing. So we turned up her monitor a little louder in our room and it really started to help us. You can download an app on your phone to play white-noise or rainstorms. Having this to drown out external noises like traffic or city noises works wonders.

 

7 Best Uses for Body Oil

We’ve all heard about body oils, but have you ever tried using them? If you are looking for an alternative to lotion or a good addition to the mix body oils might be right for you! Plus with the winter weather, you’ll thank us for adding this easy to use oil to your routine.

Body oils do everything from enhancing your favorite moisturizing lotion to taking care of those hard to nourish places.

Here are our best uses for body oils:

Add a few drops to your bath

This is a place your normal lotion can’t assist you in nourishing your skin. Just add a few drops of your favorite body oil to your bath to let the moisturizing process take place as you soak. I call this my multi-tasking holiday helper. Too much to do and not enough time. Relax, moisturize, and stay calm.

Post-shower skin power

Before stepping out of the shower and while your skin is still wet, drop some body oil into your palm and massage over your entire body. A little goes a long way and works wonders to replenish and revive your dry winter skin. Currently, we are loving Hugo Naturals Indonesian Patchouli and Sandalwood Body Oil. Keep in your shower for easy access.

Target dry spots like a pro

Give those dry and dull skin problem areas the boot with a little extra TLC from heel to head with body oil. An extra dab of body oil provides the extra love and care you need to make the difference this winter.

Diminish stretch marks

For those with stretch marks, we are always looking for a solution. Oils are a perfect solution because they penetrate deep beyond that first layer of your skin. They reduce the appearance of stretch marks and you’ll notice over time as the oil does its magic that it will help promote elasticity and preventing additional stretch marks from showing up on your beautiful skin.

Doubles as a massage oil

Need some self-care or some S.O. care? Perhaps get together in the evening and give each other a massage on your back, feet, or wherever you need it the most. This will do wonders for your skin, your senses, and your stress. Basically a win-win for everyone.

Razor burn be gone

If you have every nicked yourself shaving, then you know how important prepping your skin pre-shave is. Also in the winter, our skin gets extra dry and this will help you immensely. Just apply a small amount to your legs for a clean shave sans the razor burn and bumps.

Ditch the pantyhose

I love taking a little concealer or foundation powder and mixing it in with some oil and then applying it to my legs for perfect legs without the pantyhose in the mix. You can do this any season really and it makes your legs look amazing.

Looking for that perfect scent or oil? Check out New Arrivals and others on our shelves.

Mint Foot Scrub and Soak: Reduce stress, anxiety, and inflammation

When I’m feeling overwhelmed with too much on my plate you’ll find me each night doing a foot scrub and soak. I’ve seen such great benefits from doing it and it has become my therapy. Plus it is super easy to do and doesn’t take much time. As the holiday season starts to approach I find myself doing this more and more.

Foot scrubs are a great way to relax your whole body and get the benefits of foot care. If you don’t have time to take a bath you can pretty much get the same benefits by doing a foot scrub and soak. You don’t need a tub, so it’s very convenient to do anytime and anywhere.

Every time I do a scrub and soak, my S&S (think R&R), I feel a difference in just 20 minutes of soaking my feet! I notice I feel less stressed and more relaxed. The nights when I do this, my sleep is vastly improved. I get to sleep easier and don’t wake up as often in the middle of the night.

What you need

  •  Large container of any kind big enough to soak your feed in.
  • Your favorite foot scrub (I opt for Deep Steep’s Candy Mint Therapeutic Foot Scrub)
  • Warm water (not too hot)

If you want you can add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. I like Lavender. Lavender gives a soothing and calming effect which aids in relaxation. Great if you do this around bedtime.

You could also add a few tablespoons of baking soda to help with detoxification and this will also soften your skin.

Steps

  • Add your essential oils and baking soda (if you choose) to a tub of warm water.
  • Find a relaxing area to do the soak because you need to do it for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • Take the foot scrub and rub it into your clean feed, massaging and paying special attention to any trigger areas.

Place your feet in the tub and relax!

Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili

It’s Fall time and people are coming indoors and gathering at each other’s homes. I have found that serving something that warms one’s belly to be the perfect way to warm their heart. Pumpkin chili is on the menu this year! This is friendly for all. It is vegetarian, gluten-free, and little one approved. If you aren’t vegetarian I recommend a little crumble of bacon over the top to serve. This dish serves 8-10 people with very generous portions.

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-pound) pie pumpkin, or other orange-fleshed squash such as butternut or acorn.
  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup finely ground cornmeal
  • 2 medium turnips, diced
  • 2 medium red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 (10-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans chili beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Several dashes of Worcestershire sauce (vegetarian type)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Sour cream

Steps

Peel and cut into 1-inch pieces the pumpkin or squash. To make it easier to peel the pumpkin, cut in half, remove the seeds and set aside for roasting. Microwave each half cut-side down in a shallow baking dish of water for about 5 minutes, or you can roast the halves at 450 for about 15 minutes. When the pumpkin is cool enough to handle, shave off the skin with a sharp knife or peeler.

In a 6-quart or large Dutch oven or soup pot (I prefer the Dutch oven), heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. When melted, whisk in the cornmeal until smooth, then stir in the pumpkin, turnip, bell peppers, onion, garlic, and tomato paste. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes.

Add the broth, diced tomatoes, and their juices, beans, and corn. Stir in the chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring back to a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer for at least 1 hour, or until the pumpkin and turnip is tender. The longer you simmer the better – believe me!

Before serving, taste and season with salt and pepper and a dash of balsamic vinegar. Serve hot with the chopped green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream if desired.

This will store nicely too. Just freeze!

Healthy Mini Pumpkin Muffins

Looking for a healthy, pumpkin pleasing snack for the fall? This recipe is sure to tantalize your pumpkin-loving taste buds and also help you keep tabs on the calories you are taking in as the holiday seasons start to approach. You can enjoy this sweet snack at a mere 50 calories per bite. If you are looking to take them up a notch you can mix in some walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 and 2/3 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon liquid herb (we recommend Herb Pharm’s, Cinnamon Liquid Herb)
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 cup fresh Pumpkin Puree
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil (we recommend Dr. Bronner’s Organic Coconut Oil)
  • ½ cup unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare mini muffin pan by wiping Coconut Oil to make sure the muffins don’t stick.

Whisk together ground flaxseed with water in a small bowl with a fork and let it sit for a few minutes to get to a gel-like consistency.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and combine the wet ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl and blend well.

Fold in the liquid mixture to the dry and stir well.

Pour batter into the mini muffin pan by using a tablespoon and place on the center of the oven. The batter should be enough to make 32 mini muffins.

Bake for 10-14 minutes depending on your oven’s heat gauge and be sure and check a muffin before pulling from the oven the tool should come out clean.

While cooling sprinkle a little bit of Chia Seeds on the top to give it the extra health benefits for a daily fall snack.

How to Transition Your Skin from Summer to Fall

With the Fall in full swing, it’s time to talk skin. The Autumn season brings cooler temperatures (Yay, sweater weather!) and a drop in humidity. All these changes make for dry, stale air and even direr skin. Mix this with heaters kicking on, and it is your skins worst nightmare. Think eczema and dry, itchy, cracked skin. We’ve got some quick tips to add to your routine to help you avoid the itch fest this fall.

Think Thick

Thick moisturizers that is. Say goodbye to the lightweight, oil-free moisturizers of summer. It’s time to bulk up with a heftier hydrator. We recommend heavy creams made with essential oils that help the skin replenish during the colder months. Our top pick is Nourish Organic’s Ultra Hydrating Face Cream, which is also packed with pomegranate to firm and protect the skin from environmental damage and acai to fight fine lines and reduce signs of stress and fatigue.

A Must Add to the Mix

Body lotion is a must. When summer humidity ends, the skin may start to feel dry, stretched, and itchy. Like the moisture is being leached from your skin and the air around you. The best way to stop the itch? Load up on hydration – from head to toe. Moisturizers provide both a protective barrier over the skin, allowing it to retain hydration and draw in hydration to the outer skin layer. We like Jason’s Cocoa Butter Body Lotion. This is a daily go-to lotion. Your skin will stay silky soft all winter long and you’ll smell amazing. Too late and already got the itch? Nourish and relief your skin with the Seaweed Bath Co.’s Eucalyptus and Peppermint Body Cream.

End the Daily Grind

It’s time to cut back on exfoliating. As the weather gets colder, it’s best to slow down the exfoliating routine. We recommend using glycolic treatments or a mask once a week to help remove discoloration and skin brought on by the summer sun. We love Anadolu’s Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask packed with AHA, fruit stem cells, vitamin C, plus it is packed with beta-carotene-rich organic pumpkin and manuka honey which help sweep away and dissolve dry, dull surface cells. As for masks we seek hydrating masks like Derma-E’s Hydrating Clay Mask that deeply moisturizes and replenishes dry skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, ‘nature’s moisture magnet’ an ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.

A Humidifier Makes a Happy Home

Boost the hydration in your home by adding your own moisturizer to the mix with the help of a humidifier. Turn it on as soon as you put the heat on for the best results.

5 Essential Supplements to Fight Cold and Flu

As we enter into the Fall now is a great time to prepare for Cold and Flu Season. Colds are no fun. From a sore nose from tissues to just feeling crummy. The flu is even worse, and sometimes the vaccination just comes too late. While science works on that philosopher’s stone of a cure for the common cold, here are some good old natural supplements that can be used to prevent or shorten these two illnesses.

Zinc Lozenges

A study in Finland recently showed that taking zinc lozenges reduced a cold’s length to around five days. While the dosage they used was a bit high, America did a bit more research and decided 40mg a day works. However, it’s still recommended to ask your doctor before taking zinc long-term.

Elderberry

Elderberry’s helpfulness doesn’t just stop at the cold and flu, it can also help with asthma. It lessens symptoms and can soothe a sore throat. Sambucus is where elderberry extract can normally be found and is known to shorten the flu by three days. Elderberry is unsafe when the leaves, stems, unripened fruit, or uncooked fruit is consumed. The cooked or processed elderberry fruit is safer this way and has a lot of health benefits, but raw and unripe fruit might cause nausea, vomiting, or severe diarrhea. That’s why we suggest using a processed form of Elderberry only.

Secret tip, my favorite way to get both zinc and elderberry benefits is with Sambucus organic lozenges – great for on-the-go.

Garlic

Colds suck you dry so they can sort of be considered a vampire. Eating garlic or taking a supplement when cold or flu symptoms start appearing can reduce symptoms. Studies recommend 1 ½ cloves, so a particularly garlicky spaghetti or herb roasted chicken might do the trick.

Ginseng

Ginseng tea is one of the best supplements you can drink. Not only does it keep you from catching a cold or the flu, but if you’ve already caught one, the tea can shorten the time you are ill. Ginseng tea also helps soothe a sore throat. Besides the tea, you can also take a Ginseng supplement., Nature’s Way Ginseng is a great source.

Eucalyptus

There’s a reason those fuzzy little koalas eat this stuff. Eucalyptus mist can really help a clogged nose. In oil form, it can be applied to a cold sore to help with pain and speed the healing process. We recommend Aura Cacia’s Eucalyptus Essential Oil and right now you can get 15% off, just use code ACAEE.

While you are in the shower I would highly recommend treating yourself to a body wash that is specifically made for cold and flu by Kiss My Face. While it doesn’t provide a cure, it sure does provide a dose of soothing comfort. You don’t need to have a cold to be able to enjoy this popular bath and body wash with its ingredients that include: time-tested botanicals Eucalyptus, Fennel, Horehound and other aromatics.

Conditions of Use and Important Information: This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on The Good Life Blog. You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.

Self-Care For Your Number One

Caring for the most Important Person in Your Life; Yourself!

Self-care is extremely important because if you aren’t cared for, how can you care and do for those around you properly. Self-care is all about slowing down, and I don’t have time for that. I’m too busy trying to find my place in the world to pay attention to myself. With a husband, baby, and career finding time for myself seems almost impossible, but it’s something that I owe those around me. I know this sounds a bit “self-centered” but let me explain.

Self-care is supposed to help you balance your life. Working hard is necessary for a fulfilling life, but taking breaks at the right time is too. Run too hard and you’ll exhaust yourself. If you’ve ever seen anyone burned out, overly tired or resentful, they may have overworked themselves without allowing the breaks they so desperately need to recenter.

The thing about self-care is that the best way to do it is to design it around your schedule – build it in. So, I’m going to list some of my favorite techniques, few things I have enjoyed trying. Remember, this is to help you relax and improve yourself. Little incremental shifts towards more self-care will really create balance. It doesn’t have to be big things; the little ones add up. You’ll need to play around to see what works for you.

Relaxing Bath

Take a soak. Slow down, run a hot bath, drop in some bath salts, and just breathe. Personally, I love Aura Cacia Lavender Foam Bath or SoapCreek’s Butter Bombs. Use this as a time to meditate and unwind. Don’t think about what’s gone wrong, or what you need to get done. Just exist. It’s okay to just exist. Put on some music if your mind is too noisy, or maybe listen to a podcast that reads stories, or even crack open a good book with a glass of wine or a beer if that’s your fancy.

Watching

People-watching, nature watching, or cloud watching. Go to your favorite spot outside and simply watch. You can also hit up a cool, nook of a coffee shop that you’ve been meaning to try out. Inspect the way leaves blow, how someone moves when they talk to another, how clouds morph into different shapes. Literally, slow down to smell the roses. The world is so amazing when you slow down enough to take notice.

Say “No”

I feel like as we grow up our opinion on the word “no” inverts. Children love to say “no.” Meanwhile, many adults have forgotten how, because saying “no” implies selfishness or weakness or not capable. However, it can be healthy to say “no.” If you say “yes” too much, you may find yourself floundering. Exercise your right to say “no.” If you don’t feel like doing something (and it isn’t important) then just say “no.” If you need an excuse, say you are full on commitments currently and to give the best you need to balance. You can also say you have an appointment, that appointment is with yourself.

Socialize

We are social creatures by nature. So, you might feel a bit of a rush after talking to a stranger. It’s good for your mind and soul to make tiny connections with those around you. If you’re shy, start by just saying “hi” to a coworker you normally don’t talk to. Greet people you see, but don’t typically interact with. If strangers are still a bit daunting, try interacting more with your friends. Ask them for help and see how they react or have a compliment session where you tell each other what you like about the other.

Treat Yourself as a Friend

You live with yourself before you live with anybody else. So treat that person with a bit of dignity. Tell yourself that it’s okay. Look for the positives about yourself. If something happens, don’t judge it as yourself. Pretend that thing is happening to your best friend. You wouldn’t call them pathetic, would you? Take some time for yourself; plan an outing with just you, take yourself on a date, buy a little treat for yourself. Don’t feel guilty. You have to show you that you love yourself!

My take: I feel like this one is the most important on this list. I spend too much time judging myself for not being perfect. I’ve found that when I forgive myself, tell myself everything’s okay, I’m much less stressed. I need to work on being a better friend to myself.

Tea Time!

Nothing beats a nice warm cup of tea. It’s a healthy alternative to other, more sugary drinks, and it can be matched to foods and moods. In fact, you can drink tea instead of taking chemicals to help with being too energized, or not energized enough. It can calm you when your life is a storm and be enjoyed to capture the happiest of times. It’s no wonder you can find tea the world over. Especially in Turkey, the world’s number one tea drinker! It seems Britain has been dethroned.

With so much tea in the world, how do you figure out what to drink? Here are a few types of tea, and their properties that can be of benefit by pouring into a cup.

Lavender Tea

Okay, you’re awake now. But it’s midnight and it’s time to sleep, your mind is buzzing. Tea won’t work, it wakes you up, right? Not always. Lavender is known to help people relax. A cup of tea made from lavender can have the same effect. Just take a deep breath, a sip of tea and feel the calm sweep over you, like a gentle purple wave that has a hint of flowers. We also love this honey lavender infused tea.

Green Tea

Feel that? That tiny yuck feeling that gives you a hint of a headache and tickle in your throat? No, you can’t. You need those sick days for when your kid gets sick or something we would never do – play hooky. It’s time for tea! A cup of green tea will help boost your immune system and throw off that cold before it can even take hold. There’s a green tea for everything from Yogi, check out their selection.

Peppermint Tea

Life can be stressful. But that’s okay, we have meditation. If only it were that easy to get into the mindset. Take a deep breath in and count 1…2…3… and remember that there’s a meeting in an hour you must present at. Let’s start over. Make a cup of peppermint tea, let it soothe you and boost your outlook. It’s specifically good at calming mental stress. All better? Take a deep breath in, chant your meditation phrase and rock that meeting.

Black Tea

Patience yields focus. But black tea is a good alternative if you’re having trouble. It increases alpha-brain waves and contains all sorts of natural goodness that helps with concentration. Task list – you just met your worst enemy.

Ginger Tea

Do you ever just wake up feeling bad? Some call it waking up on the wrong side of the bed. I call it Monday! A cup of tea infused with ginger, we love Pukka Tea’s Revitalise can help perk that mood right up. It’s just a good feeling in liquid form. You’ll be cheered up in no time.

Find your favorite natural and organic tea when shopping at Soap Hope and know that with each sip you are helping to end poverty for women and their families here locally and around the world. How’s that for a power-packed cup of tea?

Make Your Belly Smile With Probiotics

You might have heard probiotics in passing as something that’s good for you. Pro- means good, doesn’t it? Well, yeah. Probiotics are often described as being the “good bacteria” in your body. We get them at birth from our mothers so that the body can start recognizing them as helpful.

They live in your gut—gross I know—but they don’t hurt you. In fact, they help with digestion, the immune system and more. Probiotics help move food along in your gut by stimulating nerves. As for the immune system, well, it’s much closer to where these probiotics are than you think. That’s because 70% of the immune system is in the digestive tract.

Using topical application can help treat skin problems while also offering some probiotics. It can soothe inflamed skin by calming the immune system and keeping it from irritating the skin. Probiotics that specialize in helping skin can delay signs of aging and help smooth wrinkles. Finally, it can strengthen the protection of your skin. That’s just what it does on its own. When it’s used in combination with other treatments, it can help boost the effectiveness of it. If you want to give some probiotic cream a try, I recommend Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream.

Now that we know a bit about these helpful little bacteria, how do we get them and how do we lose them?

Get Out Bacteria! Wait, no, not you

Overuse of Antibiotics

Antibiotics fight bacteria, but it isn’t discriminatory between bacteria that are good for you and those that are bad. Typically after a sickness, you’ll lose some probiotics, but they can be easily restored. Using too many antibiotics, however, may start to kill off a significant number of your bacteria buddies. Try to stay balanced in your usage.

Lack of Exercise

Who would’ve thought exercise helps the gut? People who exercise and support themselves often have a higher number of and healthier probiotics. This might be because they eat a wider range of foods to help recover. Research is still trying to find all the connections, but they know that those who live more athletic lifestyles have a wider variety of probiotics.

Poor Eating Habits

As stated above, those who eat a wider range of foods tend to have stronger probiotics. Processed food and foods containing food coloring kill off probiotics. You don’t have to stop eating them all together, however, do limit how much of these you consume. On a similar note, overconsumption of alcohol is a major problem for probiotics. Again, you don’t have to stop. In fact, red wine has a few helpful bacteria of its own. Moderation and balance is the key.

Getting More Bacteria Buddies

Bacteria isn’t supposed to be in food, though. Well, to a certain extent, yes, and that’s why finding food containing probiotics can be a bit of a challenge. Foods considered “sour” typically have some probiotics. Kefir is fermented milk. It contains yeast and probiotics, which is very healthy. Kimchi is a Chinese dish that can contain many probiotics. It’s a source of other health benefits, like cholesterol and colon health. The most typical place you can find probiotics is yogurt. However, some people are picky and don’t like these foods, others may feel a bit squeamish about eating living things. That’s fine, along with creams and toners, you can still ingest some using supplements.