Have you ever wondered what the health benefits are to consuming fermented foods?
Fermented foods are everywhere these days—in the news, online blogs, scientific studies, at health food stores and even quaint restaurants are catering to people’s love of ferments and their desire for their probiotic health benefits.
Maybe you’ve wanted to ferment, but think…….
t’ll take too much time, I am not skilled enough to do that, will it even taste good, I’ll just buy it.
Products on store shelves can be costly and they lack the condensed nutritional value of homegrown ferments. Unfortunately, based on the brand of sauerkraut you purchase, there are no promises that your container will be rich in probiotics, enzymes and nutrients. Many retail jars of sauerkraut have been pasteurized; a heating process that destroys the probiotics. Most pasteurized products can stay on the shelves so you will want to look in the fridge for the unpasteurized brands. Be mindful that some businesses keep even the pasteurized sauerkraut in refrigerated areas as well so do not assume that if it’s in the fridge, it’s not pasteurized.
As a mother of two and a trained Fermentationist I recognize the value in making your own ferments and want to share how easy it can be for you to do it to.
Sauerkraut, kimchi, and miso are a few simple to make, delicious fermented foods rich in probiotics. However, if you must purchase them, do so at your local farmer’s market and look for homemade ferments. If you don’t see any, browse the refrigerator of a health food store and seek out UNPASTEURIZED, RAW fermented veggies/sauerkraut.
Shall we get a little deeper?
Believe it or not, there are over 10 times more bacteria in our bodies than human cells! Not only that, but they play a fundamental role in the way your body works. If you upset your bacteria, you upset your health.
- assist the digestion of food.
- aid in the absorption of minerals and vitamins.
- maintain a healthy and balanced digestive system.
- manufacture vitamins.
- aid in the healing and prevention of intestinal permeability/leaky gut.
- aid in the healing and prevention of gut dysbiosis.
- speed the healing process.
- enhance the immune system.
- have an anti-inflammatory impact.
- help with weight loss.
Through my education and experience I recognize that keeping your gut healthy is vital for optimal well-being. Taking care of your gut flora is beneficial for several chronic and acute health conditions.
Keeping the statistics of existing diseases in mind, many individuals with poor gut health would prosper from consuming more fermented foods. It is simple to take a probiotic supplement but consuming fermented foods is economical in comparison and has a larger health impact.
Fermented foods come with a variety of healthy bacteria. This diversity is essential to consume in order to maintain a healthy microbiome which ultimately leads to optimal health.
Supporting a healthy microbiome also needs fiber. Fiber acts as a prebiotic, which is another critical element to set the stage for healthy bacteria growth. Fiber might even be the most important component if you are already living a healthy lifestyle. Consuming foods rich in fiber, such as root vegetables, provide food for the beneficial microbes living in your gut.
I suggest consuming fermented foods rich in fiber because studies show that lifestyle, diet, stress, and chemical exposure can very quickly alter your microbiome. By increasing their numbers and variety, these Superhero microbes help to keep the Darth Vader microbes in check.
Without question, this is a catch-22, knowing how much of our existing conveniences (like antibiotics, processed foods, and pesticides) end up being severely harmful to the body’s gut flora. There are things we can do to balance out this damage. A proper diet is one of the simplest, quickest, and most efficient approaches to enhancing and optimizing your microbiome. Traditional eating habits give you control over the destiny of your health.
If this post peeked your interest in any way, please consider joining my 6 module/6 month Fermentation Fundamentals course starting January 2017. Give your gut the gift of health this holiday season and start diversifying your gut microflora. Either receive $100 if you register by Friday, Dec. 16th or you can also buy one full price admission and get the second admission at half price for your spouse! I have a firm belief that if parents become passionate about traditional whole food, the children will too.