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Some fine fermented food fer yur wee belly (my attempt at writing in Scottish). Translated?: It’s time to heal that poor gut of yours.

January 14, 2017

 

 

Among many things, eating fermented foods can help to heal your body.

 

Fermented foods contain probiotics (yeast and bacteria) which create a protective barrier along your digestive tract. If you are interested in why this is important, read my “Intestinal Permeability” blog.

 

Here are some foods in which you will find a few (million) probiotics in their natural environment:

 

  • Cultured veggies

  • Pickles

  • Sauerkraut

  • Kimchi

  • Sour turnip

  • Beet kvass

 

If you are buying any of these from the store (as opposed to making your own like grandma used to do) be certain of the following:

 

  • It is cultured.

  • It is raw.

  • It is unpasteurized.

  • It is refrigerated.

  • It is organic.

 

Since probiotics are living little beings, they also need to eat.

That is where prebiotics come in.

 

Here is a list of prebiotics to eat along with your probiotics

 

  • Chickory root

  • Dandelion greens

  • Garlic

  • Onion

  • Leek

  • Asparagus

  • Banana

  • Apple

  • Cocoa

  • Seaweed

 

You can buy prebiotics and probiotics in supplement form, but eating whole foods is almost always going to be better for you.

 

Summer Bock gets into detail about probiotics, including how to make your own, which is great if you are on a tight budget.

 

http://www.summerbock.com/

 

Here’s to the little guys who make your belly happy.

 

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