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Heal Your Gut with These Probiotic Foods

Note from Carolyn:
The information in this article is great if you have a lifestyle where you can take advantage of it. I find that not only is it cumbersome to make my own fermented foods, but they donít always taste good. There is also that nagging doubt about it I did it right. Did it actually ferment or rot? I have made milk kefir and find I like it. When I am feeling the need for probiotics I must admit I donít go into the kitchen and start cooking. Instead I reach for my ProBiotic with FOS. These wonderful capsules go to work right away, instead of waiting up to a week for the vegetables to ferment. Also, because they donít need to be refrigerated I can carry them on trips. I keep them handy in case I eat something that has not fermented, but has gone bad. Popping a few (depends on how bad the symptoms) capsules usually stops any food poisoning in its tracks.
 
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Today there's a supplement for everything. And while supplementation has its place in natural healing, it's important not to forget that real healing can - and should - come from whole foods, too. Probiotic foods in particular offer an important key to health. They are valuable for protecting the body against invaders and they also help us assimilate the nutrients we eat. Probiotic foods have been a staple in cultures throughout the world for century upon century. This not only made storing certain foods easier (before refrigeration and preservatives were invented), but fermentation and culturing also bestowed a new level of nutritional value on these foods. Today we can take advantage of these methods by adding more probiotic foods to our diets.

Here are four foods that offer loads of probiotic power in every bite:

1. Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a familiar and simple probiotic food. Quality store bought sauerkraut can be found, but you need to make sure it is raw (unheated) so the probiotic cultures are preserved. However, sauerkraut is also incredibly simple to make at home. Shredded organic cabbage and sea salt is enough to do the trick, but you can also add whey to encourage lacto-fermentation or onions and spices to change the flavor up a bit.

2. Kefir Water

Not to be confused with dairy kefir, this kefir drink requires no dairy or milk at all. It can be made at home very easily, and only needs to culture for 24-48 hours. The result is something like sparkling water or juice, tangy and sweet all at the same time. You start with water kefir grains, organic sugar (to feed the grains) and organic fruit or juice to flavor. Most people will find these drinks enjoyable, and kefir water can be especially useful as a replacement for conventional juices and sodas for adults and children alike.

3. Kombucha

Another delectable fermented beverage, kombucha is made by fermented organic black tea with sugar and a scoby (also known as the kombucha mother or mushroom). Kombucha typically takes longer than kefir water to ferment, but the result is a beverage so nutritious it can be called medicinal. Many people rave about the detoxification benefits of drinking kombucha every day. Kombucha can also be purchased at health food stores in a variety of flavors, but of course making it at home is much more economic.

4. Fermented Soy

There are two sides of the coin when it comes to soy. Processed soy products, soybean oil, and any soy that has not been fermented are not healthful and may actually cause damage to your thyroid, digestion and hormone levels. However, on the flip side, fermented soy in moderate amounts can actually be quite healthy, providing protein, vitamins and minerals in addition to natural probiotics. Fermented soy foods includes miso, tempeh and fermented soy sauce.

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Elizabeth Walling - Natural News
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