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5 Foods Loaded With Good Bacteria For A Healthy Gut

Posted Mar 06 2012 11:02am

Bacteria are one of the smallest living things on the earth but did you know that your body has over 10 times as many bacterial cells as it does human cells?

Yet most of us when we think of bacteria think of getting sick and we buy antibacterial soaps and antibiotics more in the United States than in any other country in the world. Yet the bacteria we fear are also capable of doing miraculous things for your health and your digestion. Without these microorganisms in your  body, you wouldn’t be able to survive! So here are 5 amazing foods loaded with good bacteria to help you live a healthy life.

1. Miso

Meaning fermented beans, this Japanese delicacy is a rich source of Lactobacillus acidophilus that helps boost your digestive enzymes. Miso is made from fermented soy which assists in digesting proteins, fats and carbohydrates easily.

The soup also contains tofu, carrots, seaweed, onions, and a host of other vegetables. Research has proven that people who consume Miso soup on a daily basis are less likely to have stomach cancer than those who don’t. Consumption of Miso soup also helps fight diseases such as duodenal ulcers and gastritis. The fibers present in the Miso Soup are especially considered helpful in cleansing our intestines.

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2. Yogurt

Consisting of billions and billions of bacilli, Yogurt is the best option for those who want to keep their stomachs healthy. The Lactobacillus bacteria found in Yogurt helps in breaking down food, which can then be easily digested. Apart from this, it keeps virulent pathogens away, reduces tumor growth and even maintains a substantial level of bile salts that fight the deadly flora in our stomach. What’s more? Yogurt also produces natural antibiotics that kill harmful bacteria responsible for clogging our digestive system. The probiotic form of this product is available in the market for those who have washed off a lot of useful bacteria off their bowels due to prolonged antibiotic treatments.

 

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3. Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut consists of finely sliced cabbage which is fermented and has a sour taste. It is known to contain helpful bacteria called lactobacilli plantarum. Sauerkraut is considered the best remedy for constipation as it helps in digesting food and assimilating protein. For this reason, people having an upset stomach, too, are advised to have Sauerkraut. It helps maintain intestinal flora, boosts immune system and fights harmful bacteria including E.coli, salmonella, and even yeast. Due to the fermentation, the nutritional quality of cabbage receives a boost and increases Vitamin C.

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4. Kombucha

The Chinese marvel, Kombucha, known for detoxifying our immune system is basically fermented tea. It mainly consists of bowel – friendly bacteria and yeasts. Kombucha has proven to be quite effective in improving metabolism and aiding in liver functions. The tea is prepared by adding a colony of bacteria and yeasts to sugar and tea. Kombucha is said to be rich source of Glucaric acid that helps fight cancer too. It also helps fight the problem of arthritis due to its glucosamine content. In short, it is a wonderful colony of bacteria and yeasts that would help you maintain a healthy life, on being consumed regularly.

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5. Kefir

Essentially a fermented product, Kefir is known for its rich probiotic content. It can be made from all types of milk including goat, cow and even sheep. One can also prepare Kefir from soy, rice and coconut too. There are various benefits of consuming Kefir like improved bowel movements, reduced constipation and gastritis, cleansing of gastrointestinal tracts, and lot more. Kefir is also known for healing stomach ulcers that are caused by Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Acting as an antibiotic, Kefir helps us keep our stomach disease-free.

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About the author: Alyssa Clarke is passionate about writing and happens to be a frequent writer on Diyhealth . Apart from health she loves blogging on fashion and is a hard core fan of Burberry handbags .

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