If you’ve seen any of my Instagram posts (@kylaschrad), you’ve probably noticed that I’m obsessed with fermented foods. Sauerkraut, kimchi, miso and kombucha- I love them all! My taste goes beyond the mouth and into my gut. If you have been curious about the why fermented foods are so good for you, keep on reading!
Due to the frequent use of antibiotics and overconsumption of processed foods, many people tend to have unhealthy guts. Your microbiome consists of up to 100 trillion microbial cells, most of which are bacteria in your gut. (Fun Fact- Your gut contains 500 species and 3lbs of bacteria!) When this healthy bacteria starts to get depleted, due to lifestyle or genetic shifts, you will start to notice all kinds of not-so-fun, side effects.
And it doesn’t stop there!
Around 90% of your serotonin is produced in your gut, so an unhealthy gut could lead to anxiety, depression, or other mood-related disorders. Additionally, the walls that line your gut are home to 70% of the cells that make up your immune system, so an unhealthy gut = a poor internal defensive squad.
How do you know if your gut needs some love? Do you have any of these symptoms:
Here’s how to start rebuilding your microflora today:
I will end with one of my favorite quotes by wellness-activist, Kris Carr: “Gut health is the key to overall health.” So rather than rattling your brain or searching your heart for answers, let’s just go with our guts!