Isn’t it ironic we have foods with probiotics yet we try to sterilize anything that comes in contact with bacteria? Leave alone foods, even humans carry bacteria out and inside our bodies. There are more than hundred trillion microbes from more than five hundred species of bacteria. Bacteria are part and parcel of our lives. If we had no microbes we’d either be dead or lying on the hospital bed. But don't be mistaken, I am only referring to the friendly bacteria here.
These microbes which coat our skin and the gastrointestinal tract keep pathogens in check, break down foods, regulate mood, boost immune system and enhance nutrient absorption. This means our diet should have sufficient amount of foods with probiotics so that our body can function optimally. Unfortunately we fail to have a rich probiotic diet throughout the day.
We need to eat natural probiotic foods in order to replenish the ranks of bacteria on a daily basis. There are certain beverages and foods often fermented which give healthy bacteria a chance to grow. When you consume these foods it’s like deploying reinforcements to the army of gut bacteria working to combat pathogens which would interrupt proper digestion or make you sick.
There are many healthy probiotic foods which can replenish the deficiency of healthy bacteria inside the body. Here is a list of probiotic foods commonly available in superstores and some of these can also be prepared at home.
Live cultured yogurt is among the best probiotic foods. It is tasty, can be spread over any dish or used as a side for meals. In a nutshell, it’s a good dose to nourish your body with healthy bacteria. Unfortunately, many of us due to convenience opt for processed foods. Factory made yogurt is filled with artificial sweeteners, flavors and high fructose corn syrup overshadowing the effects of healthy bacteria. Going a little old school this year won’t harm you! Try preparing yogurt at home.
Miso is a common dish and medicine in Asia. It is a paste prepared from barley, rye, rice or beans and then left for fermentation for duration of three months to even three years. Miso is among good probiotic foods which aids in digestion, strengthen the immune system and restore bacteria ranks in the intestine.
Homemade sauerkraut is made from fermented cabbage and even other vegetables. It is a well renowned cuisine in Europe. However, commercial sauerkraut does not contain the healthy bacteria as most of them are eradicated by pasteurization. In order to make sauerkraut count among the best probiotic foods try making it in-house.
Kombucha is a probiotic beverage which has gained popularity in conventional grocery stores. It is a raw fermented probiotic and naturally carbonated tea prepared by mixing water, sweetener and tea with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast often looks like a large jelly pancake. It aids in intestinal and digestive issues.
Pickles naturally contain great amounts of lactobacilli bacteria, which facilitates the digestion of vegetables and grains. A huge majority of people in Asia uses pickles as a side with lentils and rice. Pickles are mostly high in fiber which aids the intestinal functioning. Same advice goes for the pickles prepare homemade ones rather going for the commercialized brands.
These little microscopic organisms play a major role where our health is concerned. Good health is also associated with our overall wellbeing.