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The body’s inner ecosystem is a powerful machine. And when the body is not fed a proper diet, can get stressed and out of balance. Studies show that fermented foods can help aid in digestion and common gastrointestinal issues like bloating, gas and diarrhea as well as supporting metabolism and immunity function. Our immune system depends on a healthy digestive tract. Fermented foods support the growth of healthy bacteria (probiotics) in the body, which help create a happy and healthy gut.

 

Foods such as yogurt and kefir, miso even pickles are examples of fermented foods. It is suggested that introducing fermented foods, such as these, into your diet and minimizing your intake of refined sugars and carbohydrates, can build a healthy ecology system and clear up common gastrointestinal problems.

 

Yogurt and Kefir

Yogurt and kefir are the most common fermented foods found in households. It is important to make sure you read the labels correctly because not ALL yogurts hold true to its probiotic nature. Look for yogurts that have “live cultures” on the label such as Brown Cow and Siggi’s. Kefir, on the other hand, is considered a  “drinkable yogurt” which is cultured with milk (goat or sheep) fermented kefir grains and yeast. What you get is a light, bubbly and slightly tangy flavor. Kefir can have over 100 billion active probiotic kefir cultures! It boosts immunity and is rich in vitamins and minerals the body needs to function properly. If you’re looking for a great tasting kefir for kids, try Lifeway Probugs. They are organic kefir pouches made just for kids with 10 billion colony-forming units of 10 live and active cultures per cup. It’s made from grass fed milk and is full of protein and calcium to keep them growing strong.

 

Miso

When you order miso soup with your favorite sushi, it’s usually a decision based on flavor and taste. It’s the warm, salty flavor of miso soup that brings immediate comfort. But, did you know that the miso in your soup provides superb health benefits? Miso, a Japanese “bean paste,” made with dashi to create miso soup, has over 160 bacterial strains and is excellent for regulating the digestive system. It’s made from fermented rye, beans and rice. Try making your own miso soup with Miso Master’s Miso! Try this great miso recipe!

 

Pickles

Pickles, and other fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut and beets, are very high in vitamin C and digestive enzymes. Make note to look for sea salt and water based fermented vegetables because the sea salt and water fosters growth of good bacteria, whereas vinegar will inhibit growth.

 

Learn more about probiotics at www.raleys.com/Healthnotes and www.webmd.com/probiotics

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