The reason I like to add fruit to my cultured vegetables is that many of these are prebiotics. Prebiotics allow the bacteria to proliferate and make more probiotics. Lemon and orange peel, apples, and berries, along with many vegetables such as onions, carrots, and garlic are all prebiotics. The more cultured foods you eat along with prebiotic foods, the more you will change the terrain inside of you and the healthier you will be. When friendly bacteria predominate, you glow with health. You’ll have more energy and you’ll feel happier, things will seem more clear, and you’ll be able to meet life’s challenges with optimism. I know this because it happened to me. I was so sad, unhappy, exhausted, sick, and without hope before I found cultured foods. When I changed the world inside of me everything changed. I remember the first time I made cultured foods. Placing foods in a jar on my counter and letting them ferment was easy. But I was so tired, even that felt like work to me. Fast forward a few months later and I wasn’t just culturing one food, I was culturing everything! I started feeling so good that my life started changing dramatically and the woman who was too tired to do much of anything turned into a crazy Energizer bunny who was running circles around people half her age.
When you have an imbalance of unfriendly bacteria versus good bacteria, you struggle along. You crave the wrong kinds of food and your bacteria do this because those types of bacteria want to stay alive, too. You’re more vulnerable to yeast infections, colds, flu, acne, and many other health problems. You can feel exhausted, not really living like you should, and just “getting by” in life instead of truly living. Friendly bacteria can fix all this. They act like a SWAT team that can take over your microbiome, getting rid of the unhealthy microbes and dominating with strong healthy ones that fix not just your gut but your mood as well. Remember, 80% of serotonin is made in your gut!
Probiotics rebuild, and prebiotics nourish, friendly bacteria and they’re an unbeatable and powerful combination. When you feel good, you want to do good and this simple recipe is a great way to begin changing the world inside of you.