Probiotic is something that everyone reads about and yet do very little to actually implement into a diet. They play a vital role in keeping your immune system in check and helps in digestion, boosting energy, promoting heart health among other benefits.
When talking about probiotics, you always tend to get the “eat some yogurt” speech. Although yogurt is one of the best sources of probiotics, there are several other food items that you can include in your diet to get that sweet sweet benefit of healthy gut bacteria.
Miso is a type of Japanese seasoning which is made by fermenting soybeans with salt and a fungus called koji. It is considered to be the “starter” of lactic acid which makes it one of the more probiotics rich food you can possibly eat. Apart from that, miso is also known to help reduce the effects of environmental pollution and combat the effects of carcinogens in your body.
So, the next time you are at a restaurant and see miso soup on the menu, order blindly. Your gut will thank you for it.
Kombucha is a type of fermented or green tea which is packed with those beneficial gut bacteria along with a good dose of B vitamins. It has one part bacteria and one part yeast and with the combination being fermented, it has significant health benefits in keeping your gut bacteria all nice and healthy.
Recipe: How to make Kombucha Tea at home
Sauerkraut is the ultimate dish to get you your nutrients. It is made from fermented cabbage and is rich in vitamins A, B, C and K along with the benefits of probiotics. Sauerkraut goes well with sandwiches as well as a dose of good side to your main dish. Better yet, fermented vegetables like sauerkraut have a long shelflife helping you keep your gut bacteria in check for an extended period of time.
Kefir is similar to yogurt in that it contains a combination of goat’s (or cow) milk and fermented kefir grains, cultures of lactic acid bacteria and yeast. The word kefir comes from the Turkish word keyif which means “to feel good” and it provides that exact benefit to your gut bacteria. Kefir has also been linked to other health benefits such as improving bone health and protecting against infections due to the high content of lactobacilli and bifidus bacteria.
Recipe: How to Make Milk Kefir
We end the list with good ol’ pickles, the most adaptable of them all. Pickles, as you may know, are cucumbers fermented in a solution of salt and water. Over time it uses its own lactic acid bacteria to ferment and produce that soury goodness we all know and love. Pickles are also high in vitamin K but watch out for that pesky sodium.
Recipe: How to Make Pickles