I'm wondering how frequently fermented or pro-biotic foods should be consumed. I'm thinking of kimchi, kombucha, kefir, and the like. Say I intake such items only occasionally (i.e., not regularly)...would that negate any positive effects long term? I do feel a difference immediately after consuming (positive feeling), but I don't make my own fermented foods/drinks and it becomes expensive to invest in a kombucha every day or two.
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I buy a simple jar of Frank's Sauerkraut, just the plain kraut though, the polish or bavarian style have some added sugars. It's only a few bucks and lasts me a week when taken daily. It's tasty and I feel much better when eating it on a regular basis. You could always make your own sauerkraut too, but this is much easier.
I munch on fork fills of sauerkraut and kimchi in the kitchen whenever I'm cooking. I don't know what the best answer to your question is though...I think we're still learning a lot about how such probiotics work. I recently heard on Chris Kresser podcast that regular consumption of probiotic foods doesn't actually increase the amount in your body...that amount is fairly constant so it's the regular introduction of these foods to your gut that has positive benefits so eat it regularly.
I am currrently brewing Kombucha and water kefir. I just sarted both and have done it a few years ago too. It's pretty easy once you have the scoby and grains which you can often find on craigslist depending where you are. As for the amount I'm not totally sure, but i will be taking it slow at first to see how my body reacts. Something like an ounce or two