Healthy Food Sources of Probiotics
I am a huge advocate of a diet high in healthy food sources of probiotics for a few reasons.
First of all, did you know that the root cause of most illnesses comes from our gut? For this reason, having a healthy gut flora is so important to be healthy.
Secondly, after suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome for many years, I noticed a huge improvement in my digestion since I started incorporating more food sources of probiotics into my diet, in fact, even my cystic acne started going away which really took me by surprise.
Lastly, they are amazing in many recipes.
Want to learn more about some amazing food sources of probiotics? Then keep eading below.
Fermented Foods are foods that have been through a process of natural fermentation which is called lactofermentation.
Natural (healthy) microorganisms feed on this fermentation process. For this reason, incorporating probiotics into our diet means that we incorporate all these healthy microorganisms for their beneficial qualities.
Sauerkraut and Kimchi
Of all the fermented foods high in probiotics, these two are my favourite.
Sauerkraut is made from cabbage that is allowed to ferment until it becomes sour. It has a nice sour flavor which is good in salads and many recipes.
I love it so much that I sometimes eat it straight from the jar with a fork.
On the other hand, kimchi is a bit different. It is a staple in Korean cuisine made from salted and fermented vegetables (not only cabbage) source. Most commonly it contains napa, cabbage and Korean radishes with a variety of different spices. It has more of a spicy flavor compared to the sauerkraut.
Sauerkraut and kimchi are both a good source of probiotics, it just depends on your personal preference of flavors and spices.
Kefir is a fermented milk usually made from dairy milk, however you can find some dairy free options. My personal favourite is coconut kefir made from organic coconut milk.
Traditional kefir is fermented at ambient temperatures, generally overnight. Fermentation of the lactose yields a sour, carbonated beverage with a consistency and taste similar to thin yogourt source.
I love kefir, it has a sour flavor and coconut kefir is my favourite. it is also very high in probiotics.
If you’re a Vegan or a Vegetarian, tempeh is a good source of proteins and, on top of that, a great source of probiotics.
So what is tempeh? Tempeh is a soy product originating from Indonesia, it is made by deep-frying fermented soybeans.
Unlike tofu, tempeh is a fermented, whole food product and is usually considered to be an healthier alternative.
I started incorporating tempeh into my diet for its many health benefits, but in the beginning, I didn’t really like the texture or the taste of it. After researching more recipes and playing with different spices I now really like it. On a side note, if you purchase tempeh, make sure it is organic so it doesn’t contains any GMO’s.
Are you looking for an healthier alternative to soda? If your answer is yes then look no further.
Kombucha is so good for many reasons. First of all, it is a fermented drink usually made from green or black tea which contains many antioxidants, secondly it is rich in probiotics and finaly it is said to be beneficial for diabetes and many health conditions.
A traditional from Japan, miso is produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji and is often serve as a soup. Usually Miso is salty, but its flavor and aroma depend on various factors in the ingredients and fermentation process source.
Finally, if you don’t have access to foods that are rich in probiotics, a good way to make sure that you have enough probiotics into your diet is to take a supplement. I am not a big fan of supplements in a capsule form and I much rather take probiotics in a powder form. That being said my favourite probiotic powder is the InLiven Probiotic Superfood by Miessence. To learn more about this wonderful product, click on the link below.