Are you taking probiotics for better digestive health? There is a more natural way.
Would you be surprised if I told you the best probiotic for gut health does not come in pill form?
For thousands of years, people have been fermenting vegetables and fruits for preservation. Little did they know that by preserving foods with fermentation, they added many health benefits beyond extended shelf life.
Even the US National Library of Medicine published a study ‘The gut microbiome in health and in disease‘ which highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy gut after recent findings. They show a correlation between overall health and preservation of positive bacteria in your gut microbiome.
A (gut) microbiome refers to the environment where the positive bacteria live.
How to Improve Gut Health Naturally
In cultured (fermented) foods, lactobacilli enhance digestibility and increase vitamin levels. The benefits of these organisms create numerous helpful enzymes along with antibiotic and anti-carcinogenic substances. Lactic acid is the main by product which promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine simply by digesting them in fermented foods.
Around the world one of the most common Lacto-fermented foods is sauerkraut. The list of the best foods available for Lacto-fermentation to improve gut health includes
- cucumbers (pickles)
- apple cider vinegar
- and more!
Many recipes are available for both fruits and vegetables. It is also true that fermented foods are easy to make. They make for a great condiment with any meal.
Gut Health and Weight Loss
The process of fermentation mainly “pre-digests” food, which makes nutrients more bio-available. This additional nutrition can push your diet in the right direction towards weight loss. Also, fermentation generates other helpful nutrients and removes toxins. Ferments are supportive of digestive health, immune function, and general health.
Live culture foods improve the health of your digestive system which in turns improves your overall health. Maintaining a healthy diet is two-thirds of the equation when you are trying to lose weight with diet and exercise.
How to Restore Gut Health after Antibiotics
Taking antibiotics for seven days or more will destroy all your good digestive bacteria along with the harmful bacteria. By consuming fermented foods, you are re-establishing the healthy bacteria which are essential to good health.