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Why is Everyone Talking About Fermented Foods?

Have You Heard about the Benefits of Fermented Foods?

Fermented foods greatly assist the gut by strengthening the lining of the digestive tract. Eighty percent of the immune system is made in the gut, so they also help to keep us healthy. Fermented foods contain natural probiotics and are a perfect way to help keep the good bacteria thriving. They create lactic acid that kills pathogens. Good bacteria crowd out the bad bacteria such as candida. Candida, or yeast, can become overgrown and cause a myriad of physical and behavioral problems.

What Are Fermented Foods?

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Fermented foods are foods that have been soaked in salt, spices, water, and a probiotic starter. Fermentation foods are predigested, so they help make food easier to digest. They offer beneficial probiotic microbes, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Many foods can be fermented such as grains, vegetables, fish, and dairy. Salt stops the harmful microbes that can spoil food, so we see fermentation as a method to preserve before canning existed.

What Are Fermented Food Sources?

The most commonly known fermented food sources are from dairy. Most people think of yogurt, sour cream, and kefir as top choices. Homemade products are best. Beware of commercially made yogurt because pasteurization destroys many of the natural nutrients and enzymes you need. They also are known to contain a lot of sugar. The fermentation will help predigest some of the proteins and consume lactose in dairy products.

Fermented vegetables and grains are more tolerated by the digestive tract. Click Here for DIY Recipe. The bacteria from fermented vegetables also help with detoxification. Any vegetable can be fermented. Additionally, anything that increases the good bacteria in the gut will help to fight the bad. Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage and is one of the oldest known sources.

fermented cabbOnly small amounts of fermented foods are necessary for positive results. In fact, if you have a lot of candida overgrowth and you eat too much, the candida may die off so quickly that it can cause you extreme fatigue, headaches, and flu-like symptoms. Just a tablespoon or two per day in the beginning may be enough for positive benefits without any negative reactions. Read more about candida and die off reactions.

There are natural, food-based, fermented supplements which are also available, and can help with detoxification. Many recipes can be found online on sites such as, http://nourishedkitchen.com/fermented-foods-for-gut-health/.

The Top 5 Reasons to Eat Fermented Foods

cabbage-711538_1920Our busy lifestyle can wreck havoc on our health. Long work hours, little to no leisure time, lack of sleep and a poor diet are all hallmarks of the busy Western lifestyle. It’s no wonder we suffer from a variety of ills, from mild digestive upset to chronic illness.

Studies have shown that populations with diets rich in fermented foods enjoy better health overall. Benefits such as better digestion, higher energy levels, and reduced incidences of chronic illness have been traced back to diets rich in fermented foods.

While most people imagine sauerkraut and kimchi when they think of fermented foods, Western favorites such as coffee, chocolate, wine, beer, yogurt, and some cheeses are also fermented. Here are five good reasons to eat fermented foods.

They are the key to good gut health. Fermented foods are rich in the friendly bacteria that nourish and replenish our gut microbiome. Ongoing research has demonstrated that populations that consume a diet rich in fermented foods experience less diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, and other digestive ailments.

Fermented foods aid in nutrient absorption. Since an unbalanced gut microbiome can limit the absorption of nutrients, fermented foods facilitate the absorption of nutrients by balancing the gut microbiome. Once your body is fully able to access all the nutrients in your food, you will notice a difference in your overall health.

They are natural probiotics. Fermented foods are rich in friendly bacteria, vitamins, and minerals. All of these elements combine to replenish and nourish the delicate gut flora that facilitates better overall health.

You’ll maintain a healthy weight. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Nutrition Research explored the benefits of Korean kimchi in overweight adults. The subjects who added kimchi to their diets enjoyed lower blood sugar, decreased blood pressure, lower body weight, and lower body fat percentages. Additionally, those who ate kimchi also had a lower waist-to-hip ratio, an important indicator of overall health.

They have natural prebiotic properties. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut also feed and nourish the gut flora, allowing them to proliferate.

By adding fermented foods to your diet, you’ll be enjoying the same health benefits that people around the world have enjoyed for hundreds of years. You’ll not only enhance your overall health, but you’ll also enjoy better gut health.

In some cases, food sources aren’t enough, especially if your diet is heavy in processed foods. A high-quality probiotic supplement combined with fermented foods can set you on the path to better nutrient absorption, better digestion and sleep, and increased ability to ward off colds and other infections.

You’ll need to travel no further than your supermarket or farmer’s market to enjoy the rich health benefits of fermented foods, and there is no price difference between fermented foods and conventional foods.

By adding fermented foods to your diet, you’ll enjoy the rich health benefits that people the world over have enjoyed for hundreds of years.

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Karen Thomas October 11, 2016