The Benefits of Probiotic Foods are Amazing
Probiotics are good bacteria that primarily line your gut and are responsible for nutrient absorption and supporting your immune system.
The side effects for the lack of probiotics can include: skin issues, candida, digestive disorders, autoimmune disease and frequent colds and flus.
When adding more probiotic foods to your diet, the following benefits can be seen:
*Stronger immune system
*Reduced cold and flu
7 Great Probiotic Foods
- Kombucha – this is an effervescent fermentation of black tea that is started using a SCOBY a.k.a, a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. It has been around for over 2,000 years, originating from Japan. The primal health benefits include digestive support, increased energy and liver detoxification.
- Kefir – this fermented dairy product is a combination of milk and fermented kefir grains. It was originally started in Russia and Turkey and means ‘’feeling good’’. It is similar to yogurt but due to the fermentation process it is much higher in probiotics.
- Natto – fermented soybeans originating from Japan, it has been proven to bolster your immune system as it contains powerful probiotic subtilis. It also supports cardiovascular health.
- Cultured vegetables (Sauerkraut) – made from fermented vegetables, sauerkraut is high in organic acids which support the growth of good bacteria. It is extremely popular in Germany and aid with digestion.
- Coconut Kefir – this dairy-free option has some of the same probiotics as traditional dairy. It is made by fermenting the juice of young coconuts with kefir grains.
- Raw Cheese – Thermophillus, bifudus, bulgaricus and acidophilus are all probiotics found in sheep’s milk, goat’s milk and A2 cows soft cheeses.
- Kvass – a common fermented beverage in Eastern Europe, uses lactobacilli probiotics and is known for its blood- and liver-cleansing properties and has a mild sour flavour in taste.
Naturally, the antioxidant prowess of these foods counteracts free radicals that create mayhem in the digestive system. The greatest reason this supports digestion is because of its high levels of beneficial acid, probiotics and enzymes.
Why Kombucha is our No.1…
Some research has shown that kombucha’s ability to prevent and heal leaky gut and stomach ulcers. In some instances it’s even proven to be as effective as drugs like Prilosec, which are commonly prescribed for heartburn, GERD and ulcers.
Kombucha can also help heal yeast from overpopulating within the gut because it helps restore balance to the digestive system. Kombucha is a great way to battle candida because it contains live probiotic cultures that help the gut to repopulate with good bacteria while crowding out the yeast. Kombucha does have bacteria, but these are not harmful bacteria, instead they are the beneficial kind that compete with pathogen bacteria in the gut including the digestive tract.
One thing to mention here is that candida or other digestive problems can sometimes be complicated issues to fix and symptoms might actually get worse before getting better. This doesn’t mean that Kombucha isn’t effective or is worsening the problem, just which gut problems aren’t always a straight path to healing and at times some patience or trial and error is needed.
There is nothing to lose with trying any of the above mentioned probiotic foods – and so much to gain!