The health benefits of these super probiotic foods will blow your mind (and improve your health). You absolutely need to know that probiotics are highly beneficial for your digestive system, as they keep your gut healthy with helpful good bacteria, such as Bacillus subtilis, Lactobacillus, and Bifidobacterium. These bacteria are known to enhance the activity of digestive enzymes and they can be found in fermented foods.
Consuming probiotics can help treat many health problems, such as skin conditions (yeast infection, eczema,…), inflammatory bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders.
In fact, people have been using probiotics for thousands of years, for example, some populations used to rely on yak’s milk which is full of bacteria with probiotic activity.
Amazingly, there are various ways to include probiotics into your diet.
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Yogurt contains basic probiotics that can help you maintain a healthy gut and digestive system through promoting a steady passage of food in your digestive tract and reducing your risk of certain digestive issues, like diarrhea.
The next time you go shopping for yogurt, remember that processed and sugary yogurts don’t contain a great nutritional value, so it’s best to stick to organic yogurt. Organic products have a lower risk of food contamination. Also, make sure to check from which company distributes your yogurt.
If it’s possible, consider visiting local farms with small herds to see the living conditions of the cow. Or you can try making your own homemade yogurt, you’ll be surprised at how it’s so easy to make in addition to the great taste and quality.
Do you know what is the difference between kefir and yogurt? Well, Kefir is actually a mixture of fermented kefir grains and goat’s milk. According to the author of Real Food Fermentation, Alex Lewin, kefir grains are mixtures of bacteria and yeasts that live on a base made up of many different dairy components.
Actually, Kefir’s consistency is considered to be a drink more than a food that you can eat using a spoon. Any way you eat it, you will certainly be consuming an antioxidant-rich food that is high in Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus.
Sauerkraut can make a fancy sour side dish or a nice sandwich topping due to its appetizing addition as well as for its nutritional value. This food is made from fermented cabbage, yet, you might find sauerkraut made from veggies as well. Sauerkraut is rich in Lactobacilli and other beneficial microbes.
According to Natural News and other health pages, sauerkraut has a long history of being used for its numerous health benefits. Ancient sailors used to bring this superfood along on long travels to fight off vitamin C deficiency, which was a common hazard of the profession. Ships with sauerkraut reported an almost absence of this condition.
4. Dark Chocolate
According to a study from Louisiana State University, once the cocoa powder is ingested, it releases a substance that regulates cholesterol levels. The cocoa is digested by the gut microbes, notably Lactobacillus. Moreover, cocoa actually offers a boost to those probiotics.
Researchers in the study noticed that some of the undigested cocoa moved to the colon, this has lessened cardiac inflammation. Now, there are many chocolate companies that add probiotics to their products.
5. Kombucha Tea
Kombucha is a fermented tea that is filled with healthy gut bacteria. Looking at this tea, you can actually see particles floating in the drink. These particles contain probiotics, which can offer an energy boost, promote weight loss, and improve clarity.
The Russian writer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, mentioned in his book ‘Cancer Ward’ that he supposedly drank kombucha tea to cure stomach cancer while wondering if it was the same tea had cured cancer in Russian peasants for centuries without them knowing it.
Kimchi is a fermented Korean side dish that is based on cabbage and prepared using veggies and chili peppers. However, there are many other types of kimchi. According to the Health magazine, Kimshi is regarded as one of the healthiest foods in the world.
In fact, kimchi is an excellent source of probiotics, in addition to vitamins A, B1, B2, and C, calcium, iron, and beta-carotene.
Tempeh is fermented soy as well as a great source of protein. This food produces an antibiotic that can protect you against certain harmful bacteria. Moreover, the bacteria in tempeh produce some vitamin B12, which is not found is soybeans.
Tempeh can also make a great meat substitute due to its nutty taste. Good news for all the vegetarians out there, as well as anyone who is looking for a nutritious probiotic addition to their diet. There are many ways you can eat tempeh: boiled, fried, stir-fried, or raw.
Miso is a seasoning that’s made through fermenting soybean, barley, brown rice, or other grains with fungus (koji). The fermenting process can last from a few days to several years! Miso is particularly rich in vitamin B12.
Remember, when adding this seasoning to soups, you should wait until the soup is off the heat so you can keep the probiotics and preserve the maximum nutrients.
Microalgae, including Chlorella and Spirulina, are microbes that are actually regarded as super foods. They also contain probiotic compounds that boost the amount of Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria in your digestive tract, thus, enhancing health.
Moreover, Microalgae has important amounts of unique pigments, minerals, vitamins, carotenoids, chlorophyll, protein, and lipid.
Similar to Miso, Nattō is also made from fermented soybeans and contains Bacillus subtilis. Amazingly, it’s high in vitamin K2 and protein. Vitamin K2 is very important for cardiovascular health and bone health. Moreover, some studies showed that Nattō consumption may help prevent osteoporosis in women.
You can eat Nattō with sushi, on a burrito, in a salad, or with rice. It has a unique smell, strong flavor, and slimy texture.
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