6 Probiotic foods that are good for your gut!

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:

  1. 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!
  2. Kimchi – a spicy fermented cabbage dish, enjoyed in most Korean households for centuries.  It contains similar health benefits as Kombucha.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

 

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