The best fermented paleo foods

Homemade fermented foods are an excellent source of beneficial probiotics to keep your gut healthy. When transitioning to a paleo, multiple people of digestive issues because of the change away from products made of grains such as bread, pasta and cereal. It usually takes a while for the gut to transition away from the foods rich in fiber. Below are the top 5 fermented foods to help optimize your digestion and keep your gut healthy thanks to their high content of probiotics. 

1. Sauerkraut

We normally associate sauerkraut with Germany where it originates from. Sauerkraut is probably the most optimal source of gut healing probiotics. Its main ingredient is cabbage, which a great lacto-fermentable vegetable. Oftentimes it’s a simple recipe consisting of cabbage, salt, and water in a mason jar. The key ingredients in this process are actually time and the right temperature. By giving the cabbage the optimal circumstances, it automatically produce beneficial probiotic bacteria making it the top paleo fermented food.

2. Milk kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk drink with some similarities to yogurt. However, kefir is more fluid and oftentimes more sour. Additionally, it is superior in terms of probiotics compared to regular yogurt, making it one of the best fermented paleo foods. Kefir is normally made with kefir grains, which is added to the milk. Once kefir grains are added to a fluid, it naturally ferments the drink and creates an all-natural powerhouse.  

3. Kombucha

Kombucha is a natural tea that has been fermented and is very popular within the health oriented crowd. It gets its heathy probiotic features thanks to live bacteria and yeast, which together creates this fizzy fermented drink. Kombucha can be found in most health food stores and even in normal grocery stores due to its recent popularity. Since it can bought and does not require any preparation time, this makes it an easy fermented food to incorporate into your Paleo lifestyle.

4. Yogurt

Yogurt is a well-known dairy product which is the end product of bacterial fermentation of milk. The bacteria live of the lactose in the milk and produce a byproduct called lactic acid, which together with the proteins in the milk gives yogurt its characteristic taste and solid texture. When buying yogurt, look for yogurt made with organic gmo free milk.

5. Kimchi

Kimchi is a Korean fermented dish made of vegetables such as napa cabbage and radishes. The vegetables are mixed with a variety of seasonings, often very spicy. The mixture is stored in jars, which similar to the process of making sauerkraut, produces a healthy fermented end product full of live probiotic cultures which can help heal your gut.

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