Almost every culture in the world has a history of using fermented foods for health and culinary
enjoyment. Yoghurts, curds, kimchi, sauerkraut, and even fermented grains or meats are just a few examples.
Almost all store-bought fermented foods have been pasteurized. Pasteurization, in most cases, kills the beneficial bacteria destroying many of the health benefits.
Make your own yoghurts, fermented vegetables and kefirs at home so you can get the freshest source of living microflora.
Eat Organic, Raw Foods
Organically grown fruits and vegetables are a natural source of soil organisms and other beneficial bacteria that are excellent for your health. It is always a good idea to eat fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, of course, but since pesticides can kill bacteria, organic produce is the preferred choice.
Even with organic produce, it is still important to wash produce thoroughly before eating.
To keep things simple, start by making sure your salad greens are all organic including lettuce, spinach and arugula. Organic apples and pears, eaten unpeeled, are also great snacks that most people love.
Take a Probiotic Supplement
For many people with busy lives, taking a simple probiotic supplement before breakfast can have a tremendous impact on their health. Probiotics are safe and very simple to include in your routine.
Most store-bought probiotics are very weak, often just 1-5 billion CFU’s/gram (CFU means colony forming units) and just 2 strains of bacteria. At the very minimum, you want a potency of 25 billion CFU’s, and a 50 billion CFU supplement. Also, you will want 10 different strains of bacteria rather than the less potent, store-bought formulas that often have just 1-2 strains.
Choose a probiotic supplement with the highest potency available, ideally 50 billion CFU’s and make sure it has 10 strains of bacteria. At the Gabriel Method, we created MicroFlora-50 because so few people have access to a high potency supplement.