Fermented foods 'Probiotic'
The microbiota in these foods are essential for establishing an inner eco system in our guts, protecting us from disease and possibly influencing the health of our brains, emotions and moods.
Fermented foods also help with health issues such as leaky gut, IBS and even lead to weight loss, clearer skin and boosted immunity.
Examples of fermented foods
On popular demand KOMBUCHA
Kombucha starts out as a sugary tea, which is then fermented with the help of a scoby. ‘scoby’ is actually an acronym for ‘Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast’. It is very close cousins to the mother used to make vinegar.
You can get creative and make your own, otherwise Kombucha is available at most health food stores and health cafes. I’ve also seen Kombucha being sold at farmers markets.
Coconut milk has so many wonderful benefits, including antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Coconut kefir is simply fermented coconut water. I think these fermented drinks are the perfect substitute to a milk probiotic like yoghurt, as dairy can be problematic for some people's digestive systems who are intolerant, these beauties still allow you to take in a highly beneficial amount of probiotics without the side effects some people experience with dairy.
Kefir also contains beneficial yeasts that are known to hunt out and destroy pathogenic yeasts in the body. These beneficial yeasts are considered the best defence against dangerous yeast organisms like candida.