- January 28, 2022
While fermented and aged foods have been around for thousands of years, little was known as to why they were so beneficial to our health. Probiotics were first discovered in by Stamen Grigorov in 1905 in Bulgarian yoghurt, and since then have been praised as one of the most powerful supplements to our gut health.
Probiotics are considered “good bacteria” that help us absorb more nutrients from food, reducing the inflammation and the effects of digestive disorders like diarrhoea. This also ties to brain function as probiotics can increase the quality of intestinal chemicals like serotonin needed for our general well-being, reducing afflictions like anxiety and depression.
Probiotics can be found in many fermented and aged foods like cheese and yoghurt, with non-dairy options like pickles and fermented vegetables like soya beans and cabbage. It is recommended to slowly incorporate probiotic food sources slowly into one’s diet, as a sudden increase can cause bloating and constipation as your body didn’t have time to adjust.
Keen on knowing more about pickled foods? Check out our article on the benefits of pickled foods here!