These things can harm your gut flora:

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Antibiotics
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Anti-bacterial products (soaps, gels, etc.)
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Birth control pills
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Other prescription drugs
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Pesticides on food
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Fluoridated water
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Over-consumption of sugar
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Over-consumption of processed food/food additives
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Pro-inflammatory vegetable oils
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Synthetic vitamins (fortified foods)
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Environmental mold exposure

Specific signs that your gut is messed up:

πŸ‘‰πŸ» Eczema
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Food allergies/sensitivities
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Constipation (frequent)
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Diarrhea (frequent)
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Cradle cap/dermatitis
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Fatigue (frequent)
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Anxiety
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Depression
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Other hormonal imbalances
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Frequent illnesses
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Long/more severe illnesses (takes forever to β€˜get over’ things)
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Frequent sugar cravings
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Sore joints/muscles
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Frequent headaches
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Autoimmune disease
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Weight gain/inability to lose weight
πŸ‘‰πŸ» Acne/skin breakouts

Fermented foods are the way that people have historically gotten their probiotics. And, these foods contain far more than just probiotics…they are a combination of different strains of bacteria, yeasts, and most likely other β€œthings” we don’t even know about yet. They produce beneficial acids and bioavailable vitamins and minerals, too.

Fermented foods include:

🌱 Milk kefir
🌱 Water kefir
🌱 Yogurt
🌱 Kombucha
🌱 Sauerkraut
🌱 Kimchi
🌱 Fermented pickles

Brewing/fermenting foods or drinks at home is not hard, it just takes a little bit of time. It’s also much cheaper, and you can include flavors you really love! Many ferment salsa, fruits, spicy cabbage, and lots more.

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