Dairy Free and Worried About your Gut Health?

A healthy GI microbiome (aka gut bacteria) is crucial to good health. Healthy bacteria in your intestines allows for better absorption of nutrients which in turn leads to overall better health. Of course, yogurt, kefer and other fermented dairy products get the best grade when it comes to their probiotic activity. 

But for those of us with a milk allergy or lactose intolerance, what else can eat incorporate in our diet that will help our microbiome flourish? 

#1) Kombucha

This live, tangy fermented tea comes in various flavors, depending on the brand. Don't be afraid of the floating "hairs" in your bottle - that's just leftover yeast strains from the "mother" culture.

#2) Kimchi

A savory (and sometimes sour) Korean dish of fermented vegetables (and sometimes fruits), ginger, and Korean spices. It makes a great addition to basic starches like rice or potatoes. 

#3) Sauerkraut 

Who knew your favorite sausage/hotdog topping was so good for you? Turns out, sauerkraut can easily (and cheaply!) be made in your kitchen. Check out this recipe: http://nourishedkitchen.com/homemade-sauerkraut/

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