There is no denying to the fact that a healthy gut is the secret to good health and active life. It is imperative that you take good care of the micro flora living in your intestine to ward off innumerable other diseases like high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, acne, fatigue and even autoimmune diseases. However, in a world filled with sugary and processed foods, sedentary lifestyle and antibiotic treatment for every other ailment, no matter how minor it may be, your gut becomes a victim. To prevent this, you should include more natural probiotic (containing live strains of healthy bacteria) foods in your diet. Here are some of them.
Here Are 15 Probiotic Superfoods That Promote Healthy Gut And Prevent Diseases:
Resembling yogurt in a good many ways, Kefir is an effervescent milk-based drink and is handy so that you can carry it while you are travelling. It is prepared by mixing Kefir grains to milk that leads to fermentation. It is rich in probiotics, vitamins B12, A and D, calcium and protein.
Cheese that are ripened by Lactobacilli such as Cheddar, Gruyere and Gouda contain gut healthy bacteria and prevent stomach acids from killing beneficial microbes before they could even reach to small intestine. Cheese is also a good source of protein as well as calcium which stabilize metabolism and enhance digestion to help you meet your weight loss goals.
This fermented cabbage dish with its roots in Germany, Sauerkraut is usually accompanied with poultry dishes and pork dishes. It is rich in organic acids (to which it owes its taste) that provide the ideal environment for gut healthy bacteria to thrive. It is also rich in enzymes responsible for better digestion.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil
In addition to probiotics for better digestion, fermented variety of cod liver oil contains vitamins A (for better skin and vision) and D (for stronger bones). In addition, it is great for hair, skin, inflammatory conditions, mental health and arthritis.
It is actually a fermented soy, similar to tofu, and is a great natural source of protein. Along with natural probiotics, tempeh contains minerals and vitamins too.
Native to China, Kombucha is a beverage obtained from fermentation of sweetened black tea. Although its acidic taste may not appeal to everyone, it contains several healthy probiotics that aid in digestion. Eight ounces of Kombucha contains as many as 2 billion probiotic live cultures. It is also good for preventing acid reflux disease, liver detoxification, enhanced energy, PMS symptoms, fatigue, heart disorders, yeast infections and depression.
Native to Korea, kimchi is actually the fermentation method for preserving vegetables such as cabbage, radish and beans in salt and spices. Loaded with probiotics, kimchi also abounds in protein, vitamins and minerals. It also contains enzymes that boost digestion.
Native to Hawaii, Poi is mashed Taro plant and contains probiotic bacteria for better gut health. However, it has not received due attention yet.
Although most people complain of its particular taste, buttermilk is extremely good for your gut. Fermentation converts lactose to lactic acid in buttermilk thereby making it consumable by even lactose intolerant people. Loaded with vitamin B12, protein, potassium, riboflavin and calcium, it eases acid stomach, increases energy and aids in digestion.
Cucumbers fermented in jars filled with brine are one of the most popular natural pickles out there. During the fermentation process, these veggies release lactobacillus bacteria which makes them so good for the gut.
An eminent part of Japanese cuisine, Miso is a seasoning which is made of fermented soybeans, salt and koji. It contains not only gut healthy probiotics but also essential nutrients and protein.
Traditional to Eastern Europe, this fermented beverage is made from rye, barley, fruits, root veggies or beets. It contains handful of lactobacilli bacteria that aid in digestion, cleanse liver and blood and promote gut health.
It continues to dominate the probiotic food counter and is readily available. Yogurt involves fermentation by two anaerobic bacteria strains and then live cultures with probiotic qualities are added to it.
This particular Japanese dish is made with fermented soybeans and has amazing probiotic bacillus subtilis that enhances immunity, increases absorption of vitamin K2 and supports cardiovascular health. Nattokinase, an active anti-inflammatory enzyme in Natto prevents cancer.
Apple Cider Vinegar
There are many health benefits of apple cider vinegar and digestion and gut health are one of them. Raw and unfiltered variety of ACV contains natural probiotics which aid in digestion. Also, it is quite easy to accommodate ACV into several dishes.