6 Greatest Probiotic Foods You Should Be Eating More Often For Healthy Gut
6 of the greatest probiotic foods you should be eating more of are:
1.Fermented Cod Liver Oil
You’re probably already familiar with the many health benefits of fish oil, however fermented cod liver-oil is a whole different experience. This is one of the oldest “super foods” on the market. It dates back thousands of years and was used by many different cultures. Fermented cod liver-oil is not only chock full of probiotics, it also supplies a massive amount of Vitamin-D – a nutrient in which an alarming number of people are lacking due to our tendency to avoid sun exposure.
Another lacto-fermented dairy product, buttermilk is incredibly healthy. Because the lactose protein in buttermilk has already been converted into lactic acid by our beneficial bacteria, this drink is safe for lactose-intolerant individuals. It is also low in fat and calories, but packed with vitamin B12, riboflavin, calcium, potassium, and protein. Due to its impressive nutritional roster, buttermilk is great for easing an acid stomach, improving digestion, and boosting energy levels.
3.Apple Cider Vinegar
Praise for apple cider vinegar is being sung with gusto all around the world and in every natural health nook and cranny on the internet. While the health benefits of this incredible “super food” have become fairly common knowledge, what you may not know is that raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is also a natural probiotic. Use raw apple-cider-vinegar to add flavor to salads and other veggies, sprinkle it over snacks like popcorn, or add it to beverages like tomato-juice and tea for a powerful full-body health boost!
Originating in Korea, the history of kimchi – a fermentation method involving the use of salt and other spices to preserve vegetables such as beans, radishes, and cabbage for consumption during the country’s long, cold winters. Despite the countless variations on this traditional Korean staple, all forms of kimchi have one thing in common: they are all incredibly healthy probiotic foods. Depending on the vegetables included in kimchi (cabbage is the most popular) kimchi may also contain large amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals in addition to being naturally probiotic.
Another dish of fermented cabbage, sauerkraut originated in Germany then quickly spread throughout other parts of the world. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant, in addition to its probiotic qualities, sauerkraut makes a delicious and healthy accompaniment to poultry dishes. Just be sure to choose a raw sauerkraut as many commercially-available products have been heated to extend their shelf-life, a process which destroys most (if not all) of the healthy bacteria contained in the kraut.
Kombucha is an effervescent fermentation of black tea that is started by using a SCOBY, also known as a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha has been around for over 2,000 years, originating around Japan. Many claims have been made about kombucha, but its primary health benefits include digestive support, increased energy and liver detoxification.
Other popular probiotic food options include: yogurt, kefir, Tempeh, Miso and Unpasteurized Cheese.
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