If you’ve been following me for a while you know I’m big on probiotics and gut health. It’s a MAJOR component of a healthy mind and body.
As explained in my previous POST, probiotics are not only necessary for a strong immune system but also for a well functioning digestive system.
Here are 6 foods I recommend you eat regularly to build and maintain a healthy gut:
- Kombucha – tea fermented with bacteria and yeasts yielding a carbonated drink full of vitamins, enzymes and probiotics. A great substitute for soda and other sweetened drinks!
- Kimchi – a spicy fermented cabbage dish, enjoyed in most Korean households for centuries. It contains similar health benefits as Kombucha.
- Miso – fermented soybeans made into a paste that can be used in soups, sauces, dips and vegetable side dishes. Miso can help regulate the digestive system and fight inflammation.
- Non-Dairy Yogurt – most people already know yogurt contains the helpful bacteria (lactobacillus and bifidobacterium among others) but they may not know it usually comes with a lot of added sugar. Not to mention dairy yogurt can promote inflammation, contain pesticides and added hormones if not made from organic, grass-fed dairy.
- Non-Dairy Coconut Kefir – kefir is basically a drinkable yogurt. Coconut kefir is fermented fresh coconut water which makes a bubbly, champagne-like beverage containing an abundance of minerals, electrolytes and probiotics. Kefir is a powerhouse for probiotics which can yield a long list of benefits as noted in this article by Donna Gates of Body Ecology.
- Tempeh – well known among vegetarians and vegans, tempeh is made from fermented soybeans and can be used as a meat substitute in tons of recipes. Tempeh is full of vitamins, minerals and probiotics and also contains a good amount of protein.
Ready to try out one of these gut loving foods? Here is a recipe to get you started. Check out this easy miso soup recipe by Andrea Nakayama HERE.