To start off this article, we quote Dr. David Perlmutter, a leading medical expert on microbiome health, and the board certified neurologist who authored Brain Maker, The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – For Life:
“It’s now undeniable that our intestinal organisms participate in a wide variety of actions, including immune system functioning, detoxification, inflammation, neurotransmitter and vitamin production, nutrient absorption, signaling being hungry or full, and utilizing being carbohydrates and fat. All of these processes factor mightily into whether or not we experience allergies, asthma, ADHD, cancer, diabetes, or dementia. The microbiome affects our mood, libido, metabolism, immunity, and even our perception of the world and the clarity of our thoughts. It helps determine whether we are fat or thin, energetic or lethargic. Put simply, everything about our health – how we feel both emotionally and physically – hinges on the state of our microbiome. Is it healthy and dominated by so-called friendly, beneficial bacteria? Or is it sick and overrun by bad, unfriendly bacteria?”
Clearly, an entity like the microbiome that is so responsible for our wellbeing deserves much consideration. There are entire books written how to nurture your microbiome health, and we list some recommended reading at the end of this article. We’re focusing here however on the #1 recommended key to microbiome health Dr. Perlmutter himself, who recommends to choose foods that are probiotic-rich, such as fermented pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi.
Fermented vegetables are your microbiome’s favorite food. These foods increase the diversity of microbes within the gut and a diverse gut is an effective and healthy gut.
Again, to quote Dr. Perlmutter,
“There’s no better way to consume a bevy of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli (i.e. probiotics) than to get them from wholly natural sources, which make them exceptionally bioavailable (easily accepted by the body).”
These foods are known to:
- Help maintain the integrity of the gut lining.
- Balance the body’s pH
- Serve as natural antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals
- Regulate immunity
- Control inflammation
- Suppress the growth of bad, pathogen bacteria
- Liberate various nutrients contained in the foods you eat, like vitamins A, C, K and B-complex.
When we deeply understand how healthy fermented foods and probiotic foods are, it helps us to enthusiastically adopt a probiotic lifestyle. The probiotic lifestyle simple means eating a variety of probiotic foods in small amounts everyday—preferably with every meal.
Learn about how to adopt the probiotic lifestyle by reading Creative Ways To Eat Fermented Vegetables with Every Meal.