We’ve all heard the hype surrounding probiotics and how amazing they are for digestion. In fact, even the name alone suggests life supporting benefits (pro meaning forin Latin & biotic meaning lifein Greek). So other than taking a supplement, are there other ways to get this beneficial bacteria to populate your gut? The answer is yes!

Let’s talk about fermented foods.  Fermented foods are ones created by just allowing them to simply sit and steep until all the sugars and carbs become bacteria boosting agents. Fermenting is an ancient practice used by past generations of basically every culture as a way of preserving food and preventing spoilage. Lucky for us modern day peeps, what was old is now new again (thank you ancestors!)

I bet our ancestors didn’t know about all the benefits adding these foods into our diets had back then, but we certainly know now. Consuming these probiotic rich foods promotes healthy digestion and allows the good bacteria to flourish and protect our gut lining from other gross pathogens like salmonella and E.coli.  This means saying goodbye to unwanted bloating, cramps, gas and erratic or non-existent number 2’s and saying hello to a flat belly! And while they’re fighting the bad guys, they are giving us an extra dose of antibodies to boost our own immune system. Another plus, they totally help to regulate appetite and reduce those pesky sugar and carb cravings.


Below you will find our top 6 fave fermented foods for a flat belly that you can start adding to your diet to look and feel your best NOW!!

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar:

    Hands down one of our all time faves and a must have for keeping my tummy flat. Made through the fermentation of apples, this vinegar is by far one of the most health promoting and versatile foods. My daily ritual is to take 1-2 tbsp of raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (Braggs is my go to brand) and I rely on it to keep my belly flat and happy which happens due to its strong anti-microbial properties and high concentration of acetic acid. ACV is amazing for aiding in all forms of digestive upsets such as bloating, heartburn, gas and acid reflux and also boosts your absorption of nutrients. A tablespoon a day will definitely keep the doctor away

  2. Kefir:

    This fermented milk product tastes like a yummy drinkable yogurt. I prefer ones made with goat or sheep milk, but if you can’t find that, look for an organic cows milk version. Benefits include a huge dose of  vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, enzymes and probiotics without any of the digestive upsets that come with regular dairy.

  3. Kombucha:

    This drink is a fermented beverage of black tea and sugar coming from various sources like cane sugar, fruit or honey. After being fermented, kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, B-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics. This miracle drink is amazing for beating the bloat and helping with digestion, weight loss, increasing energy, detoxing the body and supporting the immune system. Try adding 1-2 tbsp of chia seeds for a fun way to get some extra flat belly fiber!

  4. Sauerkraut :

    This is one of the oldest traditional foods (and a staple in my kitchen) made from fermented cabbage. It’s super high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and B vitamins. It’s also a great source of iron, copper, calcium, sodium, manganese and magnesium not to mention it tastes amazing on pretty much everything! A daily dose of this super condiment will also boost digestive health, aid circulation, fight inflammation and strengthens bones.

  5. Kimchi:

    This is a traditional fermented Korean dish dating all the way back to the 7th century and is typically made from different veggies & spices including cabbage, radish, chili peppers, garlic, ginger etc. Its super high in probiotics and enzymes making it a great digestive helper and is no wonder that it’s traditionally eaten at every meal! Its also a great source of antioxidants and vitamins A & C and the added kick from the chillis makes it great for heart health and boosting circulation.

  6. Yogurt:

    One of the most popular of the fermented foods, but I’m not talking about the fruit on the bottom kind that can give you an instant cavity. To reap all of the benefits from this cultured food, first look for those derived from goat or sheep milk; second, that it’s grass-fed; and third, that it’s organic. Perks of eating this kind of yogurt include a yummy way to boost protein intake as well as getting your belly loving probiotics and enzymes.

Add these 6 Fermented Foods to your diet to get on your way to better gut health and a flat stomach! Looking for a BIGGER challenge? Then check out this awesome, fun Flat Belly Challenge by Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Master Trainer, Lyzabeth Lopez!  It’s comes with all the goods you need to get a flat stomach!