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Saturday, January 18, 2014

12 Probiotic Foods - An Overview

One of my kids has a medical issue and it's caused us to do a LOT of research.  To our surprise, there are a number of promising studies about the use of probiotics in the treatment of everything from intestinal disorders through to behavioral problems.

On the weight of these studies, we are looking into beginning the G.A.P.S. diet with our son, but we have to wait for a possible colostomy before we begin in earnest.  In the meantime, we are doing what we can to improve his condition through simple changes in diet.  While we are eliminating some foods, the main thing we are doing is adding probiotics.

But we really don't have the funds to buy those cute, but VERY expensive, little drinks or the volume of specialty probiotic yogurts that we would need to make a difference in our son's situation.

So what's a thrifty mom to do?   Figure out probiotic foods we can make at home!

It's a longer list than I thought, too, and includes some foods that we already eat and love. One of those items is buttermilk, which is easy and relatively inexpensive to make at home (see this blog for instructions on how to do it). And yogurt, of course, didn't surprise me.  But much of the list did.  Here is what I've found so far:

  • Buttermilk
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Miso
  • Tempeh
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickles
  • Kimchi
  • Natto
  • Microalgae

One of the problems with store-bought versions of these foods, however, is that they are so processed, most of the beneficial probiotic properties are decimated.  Making them at home preserves the useful microorganisms that have health benefits. . .unless you overheat and over process them there, too.

Over the next few days, I am going to be posting recipes for some of these foods. . .and explaining why their particular benefits are.  If you, or a family member has a hankering to improve your digestive health. . .hang on and get a pencil and paper!






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