This piece originally appeared on Fix.com.
While you sit happily munching away at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, day in and day out, an army of tiny, hard-working warriors are making sure your gut stays healthy. Your microflora – that is, the bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes that comprise your busy internal ecosystem – perform this careful balancing act throughout your lifetime.
Eating a healthy range of fermented foods can help you cheer on the right team – the good bacteria – in your gut. Put aside for a second the erroneous association of “fermented food” with spoiled, rotten, or bad food, and you’ll discover that you’re probably already eating foods that have been fermented. Not convinced?