The Probiotic Benefits in Fermented Foods




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© 2015 Shanna Lea

The word ‘probiotic’ means, “for life”. Probiotics are the ‘good’ bacteria that live in your intestines and encourage the production of microflora in your gut. This in turn provides you with a healthy body system. When your gut flora becomes imbalanced by too many pathogenic microorganisms, it sets up an environment that causes illnesses and diseases.

Causes of Probiotic Imbalance

There are several things that can cause an imbalance that lead to problems with your health. They include:

  • Too many anti-biotics
  • Too many strong, over-the-counter medications
  • Toxins in the environment
  • Processed, sugary and acidic foods and drinks
  • Chronic stress
  • Personal care products and cleaners that contain anti-bacterial chemicals

How to Balance Probiotics

Consuming fermented foods with every meal will provide the probiotics your body needs to re-establish the good bacteria back in your gut and turn your health around. Probiotics are found in many fermented foods that you can make at home. These include:

  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickles
  • Kombucha
  • Kimchi
  • And many more…

Benefits of Probiotics

Some of the ways that probiotics in fermented foods benefit your health are:

  • Urinary Tract Health—probiotics can ward off bad bacteria in the urinary tract that cause infection.
  • Immune System—A good balance of probiotics keeps your immune system healthy and functioning properly.
  • Allergies—Conducted studies in pregnant women who had a history of allergies and took probiotics during pregnancy showed that there was a reduction in the child’s incidence of allergies.
  • Digestive Health—There are various bacteria that thrive in the digestive system that break down food and help our bodies digest essential nutrients. Probiotics restore that balance, especially after taking prescription drugs.
  • Obesity—Probiotics lower the chance of obesity and help to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Women’s Health—Probiotics affect the reproductive organs and can prevent cramps and difficult menstruation.

Probiotics are the good bacteria that keep our digestive systems clean and immune systems functioning properly. It’s worth the time and effort to make your own fermented foods at home to stay healthy. Learn how to make your own from my book Cultured Nutrition.

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