Believe it or not, we are more bacteria than we are human. The microbiome in our gut governs many of our body’s key functions and is crucial to our overall health.

A balanced microbiome regulates the immune system, metabolism, sustains the gastrointestinal tract, supports mood and brain function, produces crucial vitamins and nutrients, and helps us maintain a healthy weight.

So if you want to lose weight and feel better it’s essential that you balance the microbiome in your gut. One of the most effective ways to do that is by eating fermented foods.

Fermented foods are rich in live bacteria that replenish the microbiome, helping it maintain the right proportion of friendly bacteria for optimal health and weight loss. Fermented foods are part of the new generation of Superfoods.

These Superfoods help our bodies absorb nutrients and keep our microbiome balanced. An unbalanced microbiome causes gut distress, so even if we take all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in the world we won’t really improve our health.

Natural Probiotics

Probiotics are pills, powders, or capsules that contain billions of live bacteria, which help replenish your microbiome. Fermented foods are a type of natural probiotic, because they contain so many live bacteria along with many other crucial nutrients.

The following foods are healthy fermented foods that are readily available

  • Sauerkraut — a version of fermented cabbage
  • Kimchee — a Korean version of fermented cabbage, carrots, onions, and garlic
  • Fermented vegetables — available ready-made in most stores and online
  • Kefir — a fermented milk or water drink 
  • Yogurt — another type of fermented milk product
  • Kombucha - Fermented Tea

These foods are highly recommended , both for weight loss and for overall improvement of numerous symptoms, including depression, anxiety, brain fog, skin problems, hormonal issues, immune weaknesses, digestive problems, and fatigue.

A healthy microbiome can transform our endocrine, immune, digestive, and nervous systems — and by supporting the microbiome, fermented foods support these aspects of the body as well.