There is research conducted on gut health, which shows us that the overall wellness of the body is dependent on a single key component, called a microbiome. It is an ecosystem that contains billions of bacterias living your body. They are responsible for reducing different types of major ailments such as heart diseases, inflammation, dementia, arthritis and even cancer. They can help your body to burn fat so that you can maintain a healthy weight.
Most of these delicate microbes are living in your gut, which is why you need to maintain this beneficial ecosystem by feeding it properly with foods that contain probiotics or pre-biotics. Here are some foods that can fulfil this responsibility pretty well.
This dairy product is the king of probiotics and beneficial feeding source for bacteria. It doesn’t matter what type of yogurt reach for, just make sure the label says “live active culture”. This means that the yogurt contains good bacteria. If you are going with a fruit blend, try not to eat more than 15 grams of sugar. If you overeat sugar, you might end up feeding the unhealthy gut bacterias that make you crave more sugar.
Kefir is made from fermented milk that is similar to yogurt. This drink has a slightly tangy taste, which is smooth and full of probiotics. Kefir is lactose-free, which is great news for those who avoid lactose. Kefir contains around 11 grams of protein per cup that is equal to 100 calories. It means that it will be the right choice for the diet.
Miso paste is full of good bacterias. It is made from fermented and aged soya beans and an excellent source of probiotics. This low-calorie food is available in different flavours and colours that you can use in your meal. It contains plenty of vitamin K, protein, and fibre. You can use miso paste for coating chicken or fish before frying. Take a note that it contains a high amount of sodium.
Talking about the fermented soya beans, these are also available in the form of cake that is a good alternative to tofu. You can use tempeh in stir-fries and sandwiches, or they can also be used after being marinated and grilled. Moreover, apart from probiotics, tempeh is a good source of iron and offers 15 grams of protein per half-cup. You can use it to control your cholesterol level just like the other soy products.
Kombucha tea is now trending as a health drink because of its tangy, fizzy and vinegar-like taste. This tea is very good for gut health. The reason is that it is naturally carbonated by SCOBY that creates probiotics. Kombucha Tea is very difficult to make at home, and you might end up cursing yourself for that. That’s why you are advised to buy it from the store. It is made after the fermentation process, so it has some amount of alcohol. So 12-oz bottle is enough for a day.