You may have noticed that probiotics have become more popular and are now being added to a variety of foods, snacks, beverages and supplements. While buying probiotics in a supplement form is a great way to get your daily dose, did you know that there are foods that naturally contain probiotics as well?
Your gut contains over 1 trillion bacteria, which equals about 3 pounds! This is a big reason why gut health is so important. Our bodies are full of both good and bad bacteria. Throughout our life as we eat a processed western diet and possibly take antibiotics, our gut can become naturally depleted of good gut bacteria. We need good gut bacteria because it helps the body fight yeast and fungi and create enzymes to destroy harmful bacteria. Strong gut health also contributes to our immune health, in fact 70% of your immunity is located in your gut! Healthy gut flora can help eliminate bad bacteria and regulate inflammation.
How can you know if you are suffering from poor gut health? Some signs and symptoms include: bloating, gas, diarrhea, food allergies, leaky gut, irregular bowel movements, suppressed immunity, an autoimmune disease, bad breath, skin problems and chronic sugar cravings.
Probiotics are the good bacteria naturally living inside our colon and help us achieve healthy gut flora. As mentioned above, restoring the balance of your gut bacteria is key in restoring overall digestive health. Probiotics can be taken orally through a supplement or found in specific foods!
One of the simplest and most delicious ways to add natural probiotics to a meal is by using either Sauerkraut or Kimchi in a colorful buddha bowl. As artisan sauerkrauts and kimchis have gained popularity in the last few years there are a great many unique and tasty options available at most grocery stores. One of my favorite combos is beet and red cabbage sauerkraut, available from multiple artisan companies.