Your gut health is extremely important to the health of your body and keeping your mood good. Here are 6 foods that will add good bacteria to your gut and improve its overall health therefore improving your overall health!
Kefir is much like yogurt. It is a fermented drink that has a tart creamy flavor. Because it is fermented most lactose intolerant people can consume this drink. It is loaded with probiotic health benefits such as: aiding digestion, weight management and mental health. There are also non-dairy options made with things like coconuts and almonds.
Sauerkraut is also fermented but instead of being milk it is cabbage. Usually chopped up and then fermenting it packs an array of gut benefiting bacteria. Filled with fiber, pro-biotics and vitamins it’s a powerhouse of a gut food. Just be sure to look for some without being pickled in vinegar as it doesn’t have all the same benefits. Even try making some at home to be sure your getting all the good without any of the bad.
Kimchi is another fermented food much like sauerkraut. It is also made from cabbage and other vegetables such as radish, onion and garlic. It is fermented at a lower temperature and for a shorter period of time than sauerkraut. Kimchi has been linked to improving memory, reducing inflammation and boosting your immune system.
Yogurt is a dairy product made by fermenting milk with a yogurt culture. It provides protein and calcium, and it may enhance healthy gut bacteria. Health benefits range from protecting against osteoporosis to relieving irritable bowel disease and aiding digestion, but these depend on the type of yogurt consumed
The powerful probiotics found in miso help combat digestive issues caused by an imbalance in gut bacteria, including constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Probiotics are even beneficial for people suffering from serious conditions like food allergies, ulcerative colitis and leaky gut syndrome.
The probiotics found in sourdough all originate from the ‘starter‘, which is one the main ingredients in sourdough bread. Starter, which is used as a rising agent in sourdough bread, contain a diverse range of wild bacteria and yeasts, otherwise known as ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria and yeast, that are healthy for your gut, including the well known lactobacillus strain and others. Sourdough bread may not contain probiotics by the time you eat it, but it definitely contains prebiotics. Prebiotics are able to survive the baking process, as they are not affected by high heat. They are a type of fiber which our gut bacteria uses as a food source.