I’ve been eating healthy, organic, free range, non-gmo and all that good stuff for years now. Around 15 years. Over the years I’ve tried many different probiotic supplements. Some of which I noticed a little benefit, and some of which I didn’t notice much of a benefit. Mostly, I have noticed no real big benefit from taking probiotic supplements.
I thought, maybe my gut microbiome is simply healthier and everything is fine. It wasn’t until I got very much into fermented foods and drinks that I recognized probiotic supplements race mostly useless.
When I started fermenting my own kombucha, water kefir and making my own sauerkraut I really saw the benefits of probiotics on my gut health and immunity on another level. I noticed my digestion enhance and work better. I noticed my stomach simply moved food through more efficiently.
This is when I personally decided that I’d continue with fermented foods and drinks but disregard probiotic pills and capsules in my routine. I simply felt and noticed an actual benefit from the food and drinks but not from the pills.
My suspicions about probiotic pills were recently conformed by one of the most well known doctors and natural health experts in the world. Dr. Mercola.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, a well known physician, just two ounces of sauerkraut has more probiotics than an entire bottle of 100 probiotic capsules. Dr. Mercola himself a sample of his own homemade sauerkraut tested in a lab for probiotics and the results were astonishing.
The results were quite shocking. “We had it analyzed,” Dr. Mercola said. “We found in a 4-6 ounce serving of the fermented vegetables there were literally ten trillion bacteria.” – Dr. Mercola shares.
Compare that to a measly several billion in a serving, or 30 billion in an entire bottle of probiotic pills. You’re looking at 100 times more probiotics in the food equivalent compared to the pill.
Read that again. One jar of sauerkraut is going to give you 100x more probiotics than a bottle of pills, by comparison.
Plus, you have to eat food anyway.. and probiotic capsules are quite expensive.
Sauerkraut is loaded with many beneficial nutrients, specifically enzymes that help with digestion and nutrient assimilation. These help to break down both fat and protein which is vitally important to digest these more difficult macronutrients.
Sauerkraut boosts your body’s ability to digest foods quickly and properly. Be aware, that not all sauerkraut is equal. There is a big range of quality. It’s important to know that most conventional store bought sauerkraut is heavily treated and pasteurized. Because of this it is not the same.
Store Bought vs. Raw Sauerkraut
Store bought sauerkraut is most likely pasteurized which means that it goes through a heating process. This heating process unfortunately kills the good bacteria, the probiotics. What good is the probiotics if they are heated up and killed? Additionally, store bought sauerkraut is made with ingredients that you do not know the quality behind.
Is the store bought sauerkraut made with pesticide grown cabbage? is the salt processed and bleached? Are they fermenting the sauerkraut in a jar with tap water? God forbid!
For these reasons it is best to use your own sauerkraut recipe to ensure you are getting enough probiotics.
That’s why we recommend visiting FermentationMethod.com. This will help you to learn how to ferment foods and drinks at home and do everything correctly to get the most probiotic PUNCH out of your kitchen space! Turn your kitchen into a probiotic factory and stop wasting money on pricey probiotic pills today.