Probiotics go back to ancient times, roughly 10,000 years ago, and have been apart of our evolution through out history.(1) Recently, we have developed a greater understanding of beneficial microbes and the huge impact to health and longevity.
We are starting to understand the connection between the health of our gut influencing the health of our Immune System and also the health of our Brain. Current research is also being conducted, showing the benefit and importance of lactic acid fermented foods to help preserve fruits and vegetables in order to meet the demand of the continued growth of our global population. (2)
If looking for the beneficial effect of fermented probiotics it is important not to choose any fermented foods that are made with vinegar or ones that have been pasteurized.
2 easy home made probiotic sources to add to your diet in a simple and more traditional way are Kefir and Sauerkraut.
1. Water Kefir
Also known as Tibicos, the bacteria feeds off of sugary water. Water kefir is a very stable symbiotic culture that can be found around the world and is a simple and delicious drink that can be added to your diet to provide beneficial probiotics, such as Lactobacillus.
Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage and often put on top off German bratwurst. It contains a variety of beneficial lactic acid bacteria. In order to make sauerkraut all you need for ingredients are cabbage and salt.