I don’t know if you studied biology or not, but in short, our intestines are home to more than 500 million bacteria.
Some of those bacteria are good while others are bad.
Probiotics and probiotic foods for that matter are often referred as good bacteria or those that are keeping us healthy and improving our immune system.
Probiotics are beneficial to gut bacteria, and their main job is to stimulate the natural digestive juices and enzymes, keeping our digestive organs functioning properly.
Benefits of Probiotic Foods
There are a number of health benefits that come from eating probiotic foods.
Back in the days of our grandparents, people were consuming plenty of probiotic foods thanks to the way they eating.
Our grandparents were consuming fresh foods from good soil.
Nowadays, with refrigerators, microwave ovens, and practices like soaking food with chlorine, the natural foods contains little to no probiotics.
Therefore, in order to get the full benefits, we must consume probiotic foods.
Here are the benefits:
- Improved digestion
- Better immune system
- More energy
- Better breath since there is no candida in our mouth
- Weight loss
- Better protection and prevention from common cold and flu
- Healthier skin
Does that sound good to you?
Well, to get those benefits, stay with me as we go over some probiotic foods.
Arguably the most popular on the market is Greek Yogurt made from sheep, cows or goat milk.
Since it comes from grass-fed animals, yogurt ranks high on the list of probiotic foods.
However, nowadays, there are countless of variations, and some of them are not as healthy as others.
Look for three things to be sure you are getting the best quality yogurt: made from goat or sheep milk, organic, and comes from grass-fed animals.
A fermented dairy product, Kefir is very similar to yogurt, and one can even say that it is the Turkish version of Yogurt.
In Turkey, the term Kefir means “feeling good”.
The difference between kefir and yogurt is in the taste and flavor, as kefir has little more acidic flavor. Kefir is higher in probiotics since it has been fermented with yeast and more bacteria.
You’ve probably heard about this variation of black tea, but you probably didn’t know it is one of the best probiotic foods on the market.
The best part is that kombucha is a cheap and affordable way to get probiotics.
Originating from Japan, Kombucha tea has been around for more than 2,000 years.
The beverage increases your energy and enhances your digestive system.
One thing to note, for those with candida problems, it is best to avoid Kombucha tea.
Another popular dish coming from Japan, Natto is actually a dish of fermented soybeans.
One of the main compounds of Natto is bacillus subtitles, a powerful probiotic that you can rarely find in any other food on this list.
And you can make it at home.
Bear in mind, we are talking about raw, organic cheese here that comes from grass-fed animals like goats and sheep.
Same as with the yogurt, the milk of these grass-fed animals is high in probiotics.
Just remember, buy unpasteurized cheese if you want to get the benefits of probiotics.
Good news for all those chocolate lovers out there.
In addition to being a healthy alternative for chocolate due to its low sugar value, dark chocolate is also a powerful probiotic.
One more reason to consume this sweet treat.
The common green pickle is another probiotic food that is easy to consume on a daily basis.
You can buy some in the grocery, or you can make your own home-made pickles in the sun.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Praise the all mighty apple cider vinegar, an ingredient from the kitchen that can be used for virtually everything, from beauty treatments, to popular meal dishes, to household item for cleaning.
If you want to get the probiotic value, however, you need raw, unfiltered ACV.
Finishing the list of probiotic foods we go to some traditional Asian dishes, this one coming from Korea.
There are countless of variations of Kimchi, but the one thing that they have in common is that they are extremely high in probiotics.
Kimchi is a fermented vegetable side dish that contains chili peppers, garlic, salt and vinegar, and comes in different versions.
It can be served as a standalone dish, or as a side dish to meat.
Cabbage is the most popular ingredient in Kimchi.
Another traditional Asian dish, Miso comes from Japan.
Made out from soybeans fermented in salt and koji, Miso is also high in protein.
Due to the many variables of the fermentation process, Miso comes in different versions of colors and spices.
The two most common types of Miso are white and red.