You can incorporate natural probiotics (Read about the benefits of probiotics here.) into your diet by consuming milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha and cultured vegetables in moderation as part of a whole foods diet. These are all types of lacto-fermented or cultured food that cultivate healthful bacteria and yeast communities that your body requires to stay healthy.
“Probiotics are not just another form of supplementation, but the most well researched natural health aids that have proven science and evidence of ability to actually cure certain diseases and prevent others.” – Dr. Rick Swartzburg, D.C.
Cultured or fermented food, even with all it’s amazing health benefits, should be consumed in moderation as part of a nutritional whole food diet.
If you have a chronic disease, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) or problems with consuming histamines then it is strongly recommended to consult with a Registered Functional Medicine Dietician with regards to the quantities and types of fermented foods that you can consume. In some cases you may need to resolve the issue first before reintroducing fermented food. The functional medicine practitioner will also assist in monitoring your body’s response to the increase in beneficial gut flora and guide you through the process of correcting any dysbiosis (microbial imbalance).