5 Foods to Restore Intestinal Flora

· February 6, 2016
In this article, we will explain how you can regulate your intestinal function and restore your flora naturally. We'll also tell you about some foods that naturally have probiotics in them.

In general, we don’t pay a lot of attention to the intestines. However, intestines that do not function in a balanced way are a source of toxins for the body and also prevent you from properly assimilating nutrients from the foods you eat.

Flora is defined as a group of bacteria life that pertains to a certain area. Gut flora, or the flora in our intestines, refers to the group of bacteria that resides in our intestines. The intestinal flora is very important for our metabolism and in our immune system protection.

In this article, we will explain how you can regulate your intestinal function and restore your flora naturally. This is thanks to some essential probiotic foods in your diet.

Probiotics

Probiotics are living bacteria that have gone through a natural fermentation process. We’ll talk about these certain foods in this article.

These micro-organisms help boost your immune system and restore intestinal flora. Your intestinal flora can suffer consequences from a poor diet, antibiotics, and intestinal problems.

Eating probiotics every day will help significantly improve some health problems:

See also: Top 15 Healthiest Probiotics and Prebiotics

Yogurt

homemade yogurt for your intestinal flora

Yogurt is a food that can be very healthy and can help restore your intestinal flora. It can also be a natural food if you make it at home yourself. As a result, you will avoid the dyes, aromas, and sugars that they add to flavored yogurt sold in stores.

Making yogurt at home is much easier than what you may think. Even more, it will allow you to benefit from all of its properties, use a quality milk, and save money. Its flavor is also delicious.

Kefir

kefir

Kefir is even more healthy and digestive than yogurt because it is rich in living yeast and contains less lactose. It has a slightly acidic flavor, but you can sweeten it with a little bit of honey or agave syrup.

Kefir is a living fungus that you should put in a container with milk (cow, goat, sheep, etc.). After 24 to 48 hours strain it and drink or store it in the refrigerator. Make sure to put the fungus back with the milk so that it ferments.

It is important to note that there are people who don’t tolerate lactose well but do digest fermented lactose products well.

Read this article: How to Prepare Cocnut Water Kefir to Improve Your Health

Sauerkraut or Fermented Cabbage

sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a food typical of some European countries like Germany or Poland, where they serve it as a topping for meat and fish to facilitate digestion.

It is made by fermenting cabbage leaves with water and salt.

The sauerkraut that truly improves our intestinal bacterial flora is the kind that is made naturally, fermented with salt and is not sold in most stores, that contains vinegar or alcohol.

That is why we recommend that you make it yourself. You can try it with different kinds of cabbage and other vegetables.

Fermented Pineapple

fermented pineapple drink

This delicious recipe that is usually made in Central and South America is not very difficult to make and you can drink it every day on an empty stomach.

It is a fermented pineapple skin based drink. This is why it is also very cheap and an easy to make recipe.

Make it in the following way:

  1. You will need a large pineapple (or two medium ones) that is ripe and healthy looking skin.
  2. Wash and peel it.
  3. Cut the skin into small pieces and put those in a glass or ceramic container that you can hermetically seal.
  4. Put two liters of water and 500 drops of brown or cane sugar in this container.
  5. Close it well and let stand in a warm place for 48 hours.
  6. Once the two days are over, strain it so that there are no remnants, add another liter of water, and let stand again for 12 hours.
  7. Once this time has passed, add 750 mL of water and the drink is ready.
  8. Before serving, we recommend chilling it in the freezer.
  9. Store it cold.

During the fermentation process, this drink will initially produce probiotic micro-organisms. However, be sure to follow the instructions for the time recommendations as letting it sit longer can cause the mixture to turn into vinegar.

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