Today I’ll discuss probiotics, how they are beneficial for your gut health, how they relate to arthritis, and what good-for-you foods contain them.
A growing number of scientists believe it is possible to treat arthritis by adjusting the microbiome.
You share your body with trillions of microbes — many of them beneficial bacteria living in your intestinal tract. Called the microbiome, these bugs influence health and disease through complex interactions with your immune system. Often, their role is protective, guarding against pathogens and inflammation. But strong evidence suggests that disruptions in the microbial ecosystem may cause or contribute to many chronic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
If you have an inflammatory type of arthritis, probiotics may be especially important. The beneficial bacteria appear to impact inflammation, reducing common biomarkers of inflammation, including C-reactive protein.
7 Benefits of Probiotics in Rheumatoid Arthritis
1. Probiotics have anti-inflammatory effects
2. They suppress bio-markers responsible for arthritis
3. Probiotics help improve joint activity
4. Probiotics act against unhealthy gut bacteria
5. Probiotics boost immune defenses
6. Probiotics maintain bone health
7. Probiotics attenuate autoimmune reactions
Add these Foods High in Probiotics to Your Diet Today!
Before you add probiotic supplements to your regiment, consider first consuming real, whole foods, which offer an entire array of benefits, like vitamins, minerals, fiber, and more, rather than only offering probiotics in isolation.
Sauerkraut — Fermented Cabbage
Start by adding some of the following foods to your diet:
13 Great Probiotic Foods You Should Be Eating
2. Cultured Vegetables (Sauerkraut and Kimchi)
4. Coconut Kefir
8. Raw Cheese
9. Apple cider vinegar
10. Salted gherkin pickles
11. Brine-cured olives
I love, love, love Sauerkraut! Did you know they called some early Germans “Kraut?” I mentioned I am German, did I?
Apple cider vinegar is something I consume daily. I discovered it several years ago when I had lots of problems with allergies and my sinuses. It might take a little getting used to, but now I love it.
I had not heard about Coconut Kefir, but that’s something I definitely want to try out. I am off the dairy, but my parents always had kefir cultures in the fridge when I was a kid. They never tried forcing this sour drink on me though. ?
If you are curious as well, here’s an article with everything you ever wanted to know about Coconut Kefir, including how to make it:
Probiotic Coconut Kefir Improves Immunity & Digestion — Dr. Axe — draxe.com
Coconut kefir is one of the top probiotic foods around that can boost immunity, improve digestion and so much more. Learn all its health benefits here.
Did you get some great new ideas for improving your health and arthritis symptoms from this post? Let me know in the comments below! ?