Most of us already know that the immune system is largely responsible for keeping us healthy.
But did you know that approximately 70% of your immune system's cells reside in your gut? In other words, illness prevention, your immune system, and your gut are all closely interwoven.
When it comes to staying healthy, gut health and immune function almost always go hand in hand, and you simply can’t ignore one without also impacting the other.
In reality, gut health plays a much larger role on our overall health than most of us ever imagined, influencing most major systems in our body. Your immune system, metabolism, heart health, energy levels, and even mental health are all affected by the state of your gut.
A daily probiotic supplement, in combination with healthy lifestyle choices and a diet containing some fermented foods, is generally considered to be the most effective way to heal your gut naturally.
There are many delicious high fiber and fermented food options that contain a big probiotic punch! These foods can help boost your gut's health and create a positive environment for "good" gut bacteria to grow and thrive.
So if you’ve been struggling with gut-related issues, have taken prescription medications or antibiotics recently, or simply want to boost immunity, fermented foods are definitely worth a spot in your fridge!
Essentially fermented milk, yogurt provides excellent sources of calcium and protein, in addition to varying amounts of gut-boosting probiotics. However, not all yogurts are created equally and many are not as healthy as you may think.
Be sure to choose yogurt options that are most natural, fermented, and non-flavored whenever possible, since low-fat variations can often be high in sugar and artificial chemicals (and low in probiotic strains).
Remember: Too much sugar can actually wreak havoc on your intestinal microflora and result in a counterproductive effect.
Miso is typically found mixed with dashi to make the very popular miso soup, but it’s also commonly used in many sauces and spreads. Miso is made by fermenting soybeans, barley, seaweeds, or rice, and adds a lovely savory, umami taste to a meal. Be sure to consume in proper portions and watch sodium intake when consuming large amounts of miso products.
Similar to yogurt, kefir is essentially fermented milk, although there are also non-milk alternatives like coconut and rice milk kefir as well. Kefir typically contains more fat, more protein, and more probiotics than its generic yogurt counterpart. It tastes very much like a yogurt drink and can even be used as a buttermilk substitute in some cases.
Typically made from just cabbage and salt, natural sauerkraut (not tinned or jarred) contains a healthy dose of daily probiotics. Use it as a topping for your hotdogs or as a tasty side dish for an extra sour kick to your meal.
This spicy fermented vegetable dish is made of salted napa cabbage and a mix of spices and vegetables such as radish, onion, and garlic. Very popular among trendy youth over the past few years, this dish can be served sour or spicy, and is a wonderful addition to savory dishes, with barbecue, or other grilled flavors.
Kombucha is a refreshing, bubbly fermented black or green tea beverage that’s gained popularity amongst many health enthusiasts over the last few decades. It’s best known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its many probiotic benefits.
No longer just for vegetarians and vegans, tempeh is a delicious meat-free alternative for stir fry meals, veggie burgers, salads, wraps, and more! Just like tofu, it’s a plant-based protein made of soy, but unlike tofu, tempeh is fermented.
This gives it the additional probiotic benefits we all are looking for! Tempeh is also firmer and slightly nuttier than tofu, and contains all of the probiotics, amino acids, and protein you need to fuel your body.
HAVE YOU STARTED A GUT-HEALING ROUTINE OR TRIED ANY OF THESE FERMENTED FOODS? LEAVE US A COMMENT BELOW AND LET US KNOW!
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