“Go with your gut.” Some sound advice we have all heard at some point in our life. This week at the Be Better Movement we are taking the saying literally. As it turns out, there’s much our guts can tell us, and it doesn’t all have to do with our intuition. Our gut is actually an entire ecosystem composed of trillions of strains of bacteria that make up what is called our microbiome. Making sure the good bacteria is thriving can do wonders for your overall health. In fact, an imbalance of gut bacteria is suspected by many healthcare and functional medicine professionals to be linked to autoimmune diseases, mental health conditions, digestive problems, skin conditions, and a variety of other health complications. So it is incredibly important to keep your gut happy and healthy! There are myriad ways to do this, but the most popular and effective way is through incorporating probiotics in your diet.
Probiotics have become trendy in this health-focused day and age, so it’s likely you’ve heard the term buzzing around your circle of friends or at your local farmer’s market. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to actually incorporate probiotics in your diet or to find new creative ways of doing so if you already do. While many choose to get their probiotics through supplements, we’d like to highlight many foods containing probiotics, all delicious!
Many already know Greek yogurt is a good source, but an even better alternative is Kefir, as it is one of the most probiotic-rich foods on the planet. Unlike yogurt, the bacteria it provides can actually colonize and attack pathogens and bad bacteria in your gut! It has been shown to boost immunity, support strong bones, and improve digestion among other benefits. Kefir can be found in a variety of forms including dairy kefir, coconut kefir, and water kefir. Another great source of probiotics are cultured vegetables such as kraut and kimchi. Since these foods are fermented, they are high in enzymes and add a tangy addition to your favorite meals. If you’d prefer to reap the benefits of probiotics through a refreshing beverage, kombucha may be a good option for you. It can be found at most grocery stores and comes in a wide variety of flavors, so you’re sure to find one that hits the spot for your afternoon energy boost. A few more foods that support gut health include miso soup, tempeh, apple cider vinegar, raw cheese, pickles, sourdough bread, and even dark chocolate!
As you can see, there is no shortage of gut-friendly foods to enrich your diet and improve your health. We are excited to see all the ways our 52ers “go with their gut” this week!
Some great sources about probiotics.