“Fermented foods, which may contain probiotic bacteria, are an important part of a digestion-friendly, anti-inflammatory eating plan,” says Desiree Nielsen, a registered dietitian and author of Un-Junk Your Diet: How to Shop, Cook, and Eat to Fight Inflammation and Feel Better Forever. The only catch? You can’t just eat probiotic foods occasionally and expect to see results. “You have to eat fermented foods as part of your daily diet in order to support better health,” says Nielsen.
Probiotics can help treat health conditions ranging from eczema and IBS, to high cholesterol and Crohn’s disease. There’s even research to show they could help improve mental health.
Read on to find out which foods naturally contain these disease-fighting, beneficial bacteria.