Are you getting enough probiotic-rich foods in your diet?
Probiotics are beneficial forms of gut bacteria that help stimulate the natural enzymes and processes that keep our digestive organs functioning properly. For these live bacteria to keep you healthy, you have to keep them healthy. One of the ways to do this is to eat more probiotic-rich foods.
Examples of probiotic-rich foods include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso soup, pickles, tempeh, kimchi, and kombucha tea.
By adding more probiotic foods into your diet, you could see the following health benefits:
- Stronger immune system
- Improved digestion
- Increased energy from production of vitamin B12
- Better breath because probiotics destroy candida
- Healthier skin, since probiotics improve eczema and psoriasis
- Reduced cold and flu
- Healing from leaky gut and inflammatory bowel disease
- Weight loss
Sauerkraut is one of the healthiest, probiotic-rich fermented foods around. Basically, sauerkraut is finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria, which is where the distinct sour taste comes from.
The process of fermenting cabbage actually creates isothiocyanate – a substance thought to inhibit the formation of cancer and tumours. Although research is still underway to reveal the exact impact of sauerkraut on cancerous cells, the presence of antioxidant compounds in sauerkraut (as with all cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage) means that free radicals can be eliminated, which are one of the main sources behind cancerous cell formation.
If you are buying your sauerkraut from the supermarket, be sure to read the ingredients list, as not all sauerkraut is made equally. Most that you will find in your supermarket have been pasteurized which means all of the good bacteria have been killed. You will want the bacteria! Buy an organic version if you can or best to prepare it yourself to ensure that you are getting a good-quality homemade sauerkraut full of live probiotics, fiber, antioxidants and nutrients.
For more details on making your own sauerkraut, try this super easy sauerkraut recipe that I learned from the Culinary Nutrition Expert program that I took through the Academy of Culinary Nutrition.
Although as a child, you may not have liked the taste or smell of sauerkraut (I know I didn’t), I find it a savory flavor addition in this Sauerkraut Skillet recipe I am sharing here. Enjoy!