probiotics and fermented foods like kimchi
 
Probiotics are good, live bacteria that naturally live in your body. We have both good and bad bacteria in our body. When we get an infection, there’s more bad bacteria, knocking our system out of balance. Good bacteria helps eliminate extra bad bacteria, returning the balance. 

Over 70% of our immune system is present in our gut, and probiotics can help support a healthy immune system as they promote healthy good bacteria presence in the gut.

70% of our immune system is found in the gut

🧠 What’s more, our gut and brain are connected, meaning our emotions and overall mood can have a direct effect on our optimal gut health. Everyone’s microbiome is unique. No two people have the same microbial cells — even twins are different. How amazing are our bodies?! You can start to see how important it is to optimise our good gut bacteria! …how can we do this?

🌱 We can increase the amount of good bacteria in our bodies through our food and drink choices which naturally contain probiotics; live yogurt, oats, olives, cabbage, garlic and fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, miso, tempeh, kimchi, sourdough bread and some cheeses. It is widely accepted that we have a healthier gut if we have a diverse range of different gut bacteria. What we eat affects the composition of these bacteria. Eating a variety of probiotics and fermented foods, therefore help to create an increase in diversity in the microbiome, as they provide an array of healthy microbes for our gut. So, always think variety!

⚖️ When kombucha is made, a number of probiotic microbes are produced. At specific concentrations, these probiotic bacteria can help to balance levels of bacteria in the gut and improve digestion. It makes for a great, healthy and gut-friendly alternative to fizzy drinks. An effective and easy way to keep the good bacteria topped up!

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