“Go with your gut.” Some sound advice we have all heard at some point in our life. Well, this week at the Be Better Movement we are taking the saying literally. As it turns out, there’s a great deal 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 are 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 a myriad of ways to do this, but the most popular and effective way is through incorporating probiotics in your diet.
Probiotics have become pretty 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 farmers’ market. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to 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 the many delicious foods that contain probiotics. We recommend the Kefir probiotics since it is one of the most probiotic rich foods available to us!
Kefir, unlike yogurt, contains bacteria that 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 sauerkraut and kimchi. Since these foods are fermented, they are high in enzymes, not to mention they add a certain tang 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 markets and comes in a wide variety of flavors so that you’re sure to find one that hits the spot for your afternoon energy boost. If you subscribe to My Be Better Box, then you received a Kefir Start Kit from Cultures for Health. Let us know how your kefir starting experience goes by posting a picture on social media with #bebetter52.
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!