As we age, our probiotic concentrations decline compounded by antibiotic use, stress and chlorine in our tap water. Many of us never started with a fully populated gut, especially if we grew up eating the Standard American Diet, known as SAD.
Add cultured and naturally fermented foods to your diet. Yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, raw apple cider vinegar. Fermented foods supply our digestive tracts with “living cultures essential to breaking down food and assimilating nutrients.
Sauerkraut is a staple in my kitchen, used as a condiment with most meals. It’s easy to make and stores for 4-5 weeks in the refrigerator.
Here is a link to some simple recipes and instructions to make your own. My favorite is cabbage/daikon/beet.