In this article we will talk about diet and live and natural probiotics or, in other words, probiotic foods and drinks that got their little good microbes from a natural fermentation process (no capsules or powders added).
Quick reminder: Probiotics are live and active bacteria that are considered as “good” because they help to improve our digestion and nutrient absorption, among many other benefits.
These bacteria become part of our bodies since we are born, so when we eat or drink probiotics, we are actually repopulating and diversifying our already existing (however small it may be) gut micro-flora. This helps our digestive system to process food more efficiently and also has a direct positive impact on our immune and nervous systems.
So, how to incorporate probiotics to your diet if you have never ate them regularly?
There is no one and only correct way of doing it, but we can give you some tips that come from our long experience consuming probiotics ourselves and giving them to our family, friends and customers:
Tip 1: Mind some precautions
If you have some food allergies or intolerances, diagnosed diseases and/or are pregnant, we recommend you to research before, be mindful of the ingredients of the probiotics you choose, and ask advice from your nutritionist or physician about consuming probiotics.
Tip 2: Choose your probiotics well
We recommend you to take your time, read the labels, research for info, ask. Naturally fermented foods and drinks won’t give you an exact count of the probiotics inside, but you’ll get them from the best source. Especially when these foods and drinks were produced locally, because the probiotics in them would have developed in the climate/environment where you live, so they will perform better in your body.
Tip 3: Go little by little and experiment
Start by consuming small amounts of the probiotic foods and drinks of your choice. If it’s a drink, try drinking 4-6 oz. per serving once a day before eating a meal, or go sipping the drink between meals during the day. If it’s a fermented food, try adding little portions of it as a side-dish to your regular meal. If it’s our mango cider vinegar, try mixing a teaspoon in a glass of water and drink first thing in the morning.
Tip 4: Pay attention
Eat with mindfulness (this is a great practice in general!) and listen to your body. How do you feel a while after eating or drinking probiotics? How is your digestion? How did you go to the WC later? Knowing your body is one of the best things you can do for your health.
Tip 5: Adjust to your needs
All of the previous is valuable information about your health and well-being that will help you find the best combinations of time and serving sizes to adjust your consumption of probiotic foods and drinks. (For instance: when I need a boost of creative energy, eating a bit of kimchi or drinking kombucha helps me a lot!)
Listen to your gut!
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Author: Kat Yurchenko