This traditional Korean side dish is made of fermented vegetables, so you not only score the micronutrients of the vegetables themselves, but kimchi is also a source of probiotics which can help your body achieve an optimal balance of gut bacteria, Schmitt explains. In fact, one Korean study found adding kimchi to your diet can help reduce heart disease markers, lower blood pressure, and reduce body fat. “Plus, naturally occurring probiotics found in kimchi help strengthen your immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract,” Schmitt says. Serve kimchi overtop of an avocado, or add some to your eggs or salad.
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