Prebiotics are a form of dietary fiber that has the job of feeding the good bacteria in our guts, which are essentially probiotics.
As we discussed in a previous blog post, Pre and probiotics. How are they different? These two compliment each other in order to produce nutrients that feed and support the friendly bacteria in our digestive system and that have health benefits when consumed.
That is why, on this occasion we want to share with you the Top 5 probiotic foods so that you can improve your digestive health and live life to the fullest!
This is one the best sources of probiotics. Yogurt is rich in protein and healthy fats, which makes it a very filling breakfast or snack that also helps with heart, bone and gut health. In children, yogurt may help reduce diarrhea caused by antibiotics and it can even help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Sauerkraut is finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria. It contains enzymes that help the body break down food and make it smaller and therefore easy to digest. This ingredient also helps support the immune system, heart health and it could even help improve your mood!
Like most vegetables, pickles are almost all water and have very little fat or protein. They also have a high concentration of vitamins because the salty brine draws out the water from them. Fermented pickles can also help keep your gut healthy, but most pickles on grocery shelves are not fermented, which uses yeast, bacteria, and other microbes to preserve foods. For fermented pickles, try a health food store or make them yourself.
4. Miso Soup
Miso means ‘fermented beans’ in Japanese. A traditional ingredient in Japanese and Chinese diets, miso paste is made from fermented soybeans and grains and contains millions of beneficial bacteria. Because of that, this dish supports gut health, manufactures vitamins to promote them, enhances immune functions and also supports brain health.
5. Sourdough Bread
Sourdough bread is a baking art form that is, by its very nature, a healthier choice because of its composition and benefits. The bacteria-yeast composition will start to break down the starches found in the grains before it even reaches your stomach, which makes it easier to digest. It also provides healthy bacteria and nutrients that, compared to other breads, maintains many of the original nutrients that are processed out of other kinds.
If you want to add more health benefits, and specially solve gut related issues, don’t forget to drink one bottle of your favorite flavor of Waku a day. We never use concentrates or artificial stuff. We only use the purest earth-grown ingredients that you'll taste in every sip and find beneficial from the very beginning.