Looking for ways to boost your immune system and improve your digestive health? Look no further than fermented foods, which are by nature high in probiotic content and will act to increase the amount of good bacteria in your gut and strengthen your overall digestive function. Here are 5 great probiotic foods you can add to your diet today to start seeing the benefits
Kimchi is a blend of cabbage, carrots, spices and chilli peppers that is fermented and rich in gut healing bacteria. It is a native of Korea but is readily available in most health food shops around the world. It is thought to help aid digestion by providing digestive enzymes that help break down food more easily, clean the intestines and stimulate better assimilation of nutrients in the body.
Is rich in dietary fibre, and is also a great source of iron, magnesium and a host of vitamins. It’s made from fermenting cabbage, and the process of fermenting is what preserves the cabbage and produces probiotic cultures. Increasing consumption of sauerkraut can help to combat digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, hormonal imbalances, various auto immune disorders and even mood disorders like depression
One of the simplest probiotic foods is a fermented milk drink made using kefir grains. It contains about 30 strains of good bacteria and yeast, which makes it an incredibly rich probiotic source. Because it ferments on the lactose in milk, it is generally very well tolerated by people who are lactose intolerant, and may even improve symptoms of allergies and asthma. It is very easy to make at home using milk kefir grains, which are available is some health food stores and even online.
The probiotics in yoghurt help to produce vitamin B12 and K and improve digestive health overall. When buying yoghurt, steer clear of the sugar laden flavours you see on store shelves, and opt for natural or Greek style yoghurt to derive maximum benefit.
Cheese made from raw unpasteurised milk, is an excellent source of probiotics. With it’s low acidity and high fat content serving to preserve the microorganisms while they move through your digestive system. Cheese from pasteurised milk has gone through a high heat treatment process that destroys most of the probiotic cultures and thus is not very beneficial.