I've struggled for years with leaky gut and this is a common secondary issues for anyone affected by toxins or heavy metals can be leaky gut. The mantra for addressing this over the years was always to replenish the gut with expensive high dose probiotics while also treating dysbiosis infections like candida/yeast and bacteria.
While there are some very good high dose broad spectrum probiotic products on the market they are not always affordable or easily obtained for every family I help.
So something we have looked into and shifted our focus towards was the use of fermented foods in providing a broad spectrum of high dose probiotics to help balance and heal the gut.
The perk of fermented foods is that they contain far more probiotics than anything you can buy in a bottle and they very easy and inexpensive to make.
When I began doing this I wanted to find something that would be more palatable than sauerkraut for our family. Fermented ginger carrot slices have been called the “gateway ferment” for beginners or skeptics. While they are not sugary sweet they are crispy and tart and would appeal to children who like raw carrots. It only takes one or two carrot slices per day to provide ample probiotics!
In my own recipe I used raw ginger peeled into pieces, a little bit of real maple syrup and salt brine. Recipes do vary and there are many to choose from on the internet which gives you a large variety to try until you find something that works for your family.
I make my ferments in glass bale jars (pictured above), called "Fido Jars" which can be purchased relatively inexpensively. They do not required any fermenting valves or other special equipment but they do less gasses escape during fermentation but keep oxygen out to avoid spoilage.
This natural home made option is takes but minutes to prepare. The rest of the process happens on it's own on the counter. A few days later, you have enough probiotic rich servings to last weeks!