This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to eat fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, or kombucha, just to name a few. These fermented foods are rich in probiotics, which are beneficial for your gut health and microbiome.
Gut health is currently a hot health topic. Research shows that a healthy gut contributes to a healthy immune system, a sharper brain, better sleep and digestion, and a more positive mood. Did you know that the gut contains the vast majority of the serotonin in our body? It’s true.
Fermentation is the process of converting carbohydrates to organic acids using yeasts or bacteria under anaerobic conditions, and the result of this process is food rich in probiotics. These probiotic foods boost your gut health, thereby positively impacting your mood, sleep, digestion, etc.
Luckily, fermented foods can be delicious. If you’re in the mood for something salty, try making a sauerkraut salad. Gather your favorite greens and veggies and top them with some olive oil, vinegar, sea salt, black pepper, and sauerkraut. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, pick up some kombucha, a beverage produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. Kombucha is refreshing, especially on a hot summer’s day!