18 Dec 7 Probiotic Foods You Should Eat
Why eat probiotic foods?
Probiotics are the good bacteria and important to include in your diet as they assist in building immunity, lining your gut and helping with nutrient absorption. There are many factors that can lead to gut imbalances which may include dietary choices of processed foods and eating foods that contain antibiotics such as factory farmed meat and dairy, being over-prescribed antibiotics which kill off not only the bad bacteria, but the good bacteria, leaving your body susceptible to immunity problems when we don’t replace the good bacteria.
Common signs that your gut flora may need a tune-up
- Gas and bloating
- Chronic diarrhea
- Hormonal issues
- Vitamin B deficiencies
- High cholesterol
- Dairy allergies
- Severe bruising
- Vaginal infections
- Neurological problems
- Autoimmune conditions
- Skin issues
- Frequent colds and flus
Benefits of adding probiotic rich foods into your diet include
- Stronger immune system
- Improved digestion
- Increased energy from production of vitamin B12
- Healthier skin, including improvement in eczema and psoriasis
- Decreased colds and flus
- Better breath because probiotics destroy candida and reduce halitosis
- Healing from leaky gut and inflammatory bowel disease
- Weight loss
Kefir is a fermented drink that can be made from milk, water, coconut milk and coconut water. Kefir is made from kefir bacteria grains which ferments in a mixture of water or milk and sugar. Kefir has about 30-56 strains of good bacteria and when drank the body utilizes it more effectively than yogurt, as it holds onto the body and digestive tract. Health benefits include: eliminating constipation, helps with the digestive process, reduces allergies, assists with yeast infections, promotes sleep, assists in helping the body restore balance after antibiotic use.
Kombucha is a living health drink that is made by fermenting tea and sugar with a scoby culture, which a a mixture of yeast and bacteria. As it ferments, the sugar is consumed by the culture and provides a very tangy and tart probiotic drink. Kombucha has been know for it’s health benefits which assist in the detoxification process, it contains lots of B vitamins and amino acids, improves digestion, boosts the immune system, relieves headaches and migraines, and joint pain
Apple Cider Vinegar
Fermented Apple Cider Vinegar is made from fresh crushed apples and allowed to mature in tanks, which boosts its natural fermentation qualities. When mature, it contains a web-like substance, called “mother” that becomes visible when the rich brownish liquid is held to the light. Don’t be confused by the refined and distilled vinegars which have been distilled and do not provide the same benefits. Health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar include: kills bacteria, lowers blood sugar, promotes digestive process, may lower cholesterol and risk of heart disease, may inhibit cancer growth, assists with detoxification and may reduce acid reflux
Rejuvelac is a fermented beverage that is inexpensive and easy to make. It is made by fermenting sprouted grains such as kamut, wheat berries, quinoa, etc in water and allow to sit for 3-7 days. Health benefits include: loaded with vitamins B (including B12), K and E, proteins, and enzymes. It is beneficial to your digestive system, promoting a healthy intestinal environment, improves skin health, anti-inflammatory properties.
Sauerkraut is made from cabbage and salt, mixed together and set aside to ferment for several weeks. Don’t get confused by sauerkraut that is pickled and preserved in the grocery store. You’ll usually find this in the condiment isle. This is not the same as fermented and does not offer the same health benefits. Health benefits of sauerkraut include: Aids in digestion, builds immunity, assists with eliminating candida, reduces allergies, has anti-inflammatory properties
Miso is a paste made from soybeans, sea salt and koji which is a mold starter. It can be mixed with rice, barley or other grains. The mixture is fermented anywhere from 3 months to 3 years. Health benefits of miso include: it contains all essential amino acids making it a complete protein, assists in digestive process, replaces good gut flora, may inhibit cancer growth, strengthens and enhances the immune system, and protects against free radicals.
There’s a lot of controversy around soy products in the health world, but when it comes to soy, tempeh stand apart due to being the least processed form of soy and its fermentation qualities. Tempeh is closer to a real food than any other form of soy, and the fermentation process increases its digestibility, soy proteins, nutrients, and can increase the amount of vitamin K when paired with Bacillus subtilis in the fermentation process. Health benefits of tempeh: Boosts immunity, increases bone density, reduces cholesterol, increases gut flora.
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