Top Five Foods to Improve Gut Health
One way to improve your gut health is to try out fermented foods packed with probiotics, also known as good bacteria. Fermented foods are preserved using an age-old process that not only boosts the food’s shelf life and nutritional value, but can give your body a dose of healthy probiotics which are live microorganisms crucial to healthy digestion.
Here at SoulBia we stock a range of fermented foods that are rich in probiotics.
Kimchi, also referred to as sauerkraut’s Korean cousin, is a spicy condiment made from fermented cabbage, vegetables and other spices and herbs. This super food is loaded with vitamins A, B and C and healthy bacteria called lactobacilli; which can help with digestion, yeast infections and has even been linked to studies based on preventing cancer growth. If you’re wondering what you could make or add kimchi to why not try it with scrambled eggs, diced tomatoes and mushrooms or as a wrap filling or even use it as a topping on your baked potato. For more kimchi recipes ideas click here or to buy kimchi click here
Sauerkraut is good for more than just topping a hot dog. Made from just cabbage and salt, this fermented food delivers a healthy dose of probiotics and fibre. SoulBia stock a wide range of 100% natural unpasteurised sauerkrauts to try including The Cultured Food Company Organic Chilli & Dill Sauerkraut, Juniper Berry Sauerkraut, Original Sauerkraut, Ruby Red Sauerkraut or Carrot & Fennel Sauerkraut. If you’re looking for some sauerkraut inspo you can click here for a few ideas of how to incorporate this delicious food into your daily routine.
Old MacDonnell's Farm Natural Yogurt is a delicious functional probiotic yogurt created in Co. Wicklow. Gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly, this delicious yogurt is 100% live and contains four different strains of bacteria within each pot. Each strain of bacteria is beneficial to different parts of the digestive tract. Old MacDonnell's Farm Natural Yogurt has been highly recommended by doctors and nutritionists across the country for its probiotic properties. You can try Old MacDonald’s Natural Yogurt 480g, Old MacDonald’s Natural yogurt 240g or Old MacDonald’s Strawberry Yogurt 240g.
SynerChi Kombucha is a natural free from artificial additives and preservatives refreshing alternative to fizzy drinks. It’s full of prebiotics and live probiotics that are known to boost your overall gut flora that is made by naturally fermenting whole leaf green sencha teas with a live culture. The benefits of SynerChi kombucha include the maintenance of the digestive comfort, regulation of the immune system, improved skin and moods. Not to mention its is certified organic, vegan, paleo, naturally free from dairy, gluten and soy, with only 59 kCals per bottle. SynerChi will satisfy the need for a tasty refreshment with the added benefit of including natural functional benefits thanks to its live culture, antioxidants and raw enzymes. Choose from five delicious flavours including Ginger & Lemongrass Kombucha, Pear with Matcha Tea, Oranges & Lemon Kombucha, Original Sencha Tea and Raspberry and Rosehip Kombucha.
Bone broth is well known to have many health benefits including improving joint health, reducing cellulite, boosting the immune system and even treating leaky gut syndrome. It’s a nutrient dense and contains minerals that are easy for the body to digest; no wonder its so popular! You can try as a hot drink, use it as a cooking stock to add some extra flavour or pop it into your smoothies for that little but of extra protein. SoulBia stock a range of bone broth including Sadie’s Kitchen Comforting Chicken Bone Broth (gluten/wheat/dairy free), Sadie’s Kitchen Super 7 Greens Bone Broth and Carol’s Stock Market Gluten Free Natural Beef Bone Broth. Ps. It’s also great for bones hair and nails! For more on bone broth benefits and some healthy recipes click here.