We are learning more and more about the importance of our gut and gastrointestinal tract in maintaining health and immunity. By now, many of us have heard about good bacteria and its benefits for our gut. But, where can you find these good bacteria and what can we do to maintain or improve our health?
Here are some tips from the National Institute of Health for improving our gut health:
- Eat slower
- Enjoy smaller meals
- Set a bedtime for your gut
- Manage stress
- Create a routine
- Consider probiotics
As for good bacteria, one trendy type of food that has some good bacteria in it is fermented food. The research on fermented food is promising. It may help improve digestion and boost immunity. Here are a few fermented foods – some you may know and love and some you may want to check out!
TEMPEH: Made from soybeans that are fermented and formed into a patty. It’s high in protein and fiber and is sometimes used as a meat alternative.
MISO: Basically a fermented condiment. It’s a paste used in Japanese cooking and delivers an umami flavor.
SAUERKRAUT: A familiar fermented cabbage dish. It has a long shelf life and distinctive sour flavor.
KIMCHI: A staple in Korean cuisine. It’s sauerkraut’s spicy cousin!
YOGURT: Look for products labeled with the “live and active cultures” seal.
KEFIR: A fermented milk drink that tastes like drinkable yogurt. Great for smoothies!
KOMBUCHA: Gaining in popularity, it is a fermented sweetened tea.