There has been a lot of talk on why you need probiotics, so let’s talk a little about how and where to get your probiotics!$1$2$3
Traditional cultures thrived on diets rich in fermented foods. Not only because fermentation was a preservation method that made it possible for vegetables to be enjoyed year round, but also because of the nutrient density of these foods. When food preservations techniques were modernized, we lost the need for fermentation, but we have not lost the need for the beneficial bacteria and enzymes that fermented foods add to our diet. Fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, cortido, and pickled carrots or beets are easy to make and provide a great source of DIY probiotics. Water, spices, and salt are all you need to add to your vegetables to make these nourishing foods on your own. Along with the beneficial bacteria, the vegetables naturally produce lactic acid, which keeps the vegetables preserved and encourages the growth of healthy flora in the digestive system.$1$2$3
Most dairy sold in the U.S. is pasteurized, which kills all the bacteria. This sounds like a great idea when you consider all of the harmful bacteria that could contaminate milk from cows living in unhealthy environments and eating unhealthy food. But when you have milk from healthy, clean cows eating healthy, clean grass, the only bacteria present is the beneficial bacteria we want to support our digestive system. Raw milk and cream are great sources of probiotics, healthy carbohydrates to feed the good flora, and healthy fats to feed the cells lining the digestive tract. Cultured dairy like plain yogurt, crème fraiche, and some sour creams have beneficial bacteria added to enhance the taste and nutritional content of the food.$1$2$3
Originally called “tea kvass” in Germany, it has been hypothesized that Kombucha consumption was responsible for the protection of a large percentage of the German population from cancer in the early 20th century. Kombucha is a beverage made from beneficial bacteria and yeast, so it is a great way to drink your probiotics! Just be careful of overly flavored varieties in stores that have too much added sugar.$1$2$3
The average American adult is not familiar with the aforementioned foods, so there are very few people consuming them on a regular basis or feeding them to their children. These nourishing foods were part of the reason traditional cultures thrived, and why ours is suffering. Luckily, probiotic foods have been given a modern makeover and you can now have your healthy flora on the go and in a kid friendly form thanks to EFFi!
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