The Importance of Eating Fermented Foods For Total Body Health
There are multiple diets and nutritional programs to assist you in reaching the next level of total body health. One of these includes fermented foods. According to Dr. Mercola, fermented, or cultured foods provides radical positive changes to the body by healing gut issues, optimizing health and reversing disease. If you want to lose weight, improve mood, radiate glowing skin and achieve overall health, see how opting for fermented foods can help!
Why Are Fermented Foods Beneficial?
Having a healthy gut is essential to overall health. Ask anyone experiencing digestive issues. The gut is connected to everything that happens in the body. Eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, allergies, autoimmune disease, cancer, mood disorders, and digestive disorders all are connected with the gut. The best way to improve your gut is to eat more fermented foods, reports Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation. Katz says, ‘We can improve our overall health by replenishing and diversifying our diets with bacterially rich live-culture foods and beverages.’
How To Ferment
Almost any vegetable can be fermented and is a great way to provide cultured food for your gut year around. The process begins with lacto-fermentation, a method of food preservation where natural bacteria feeds on the sugars and starch, creating lactic acid which produces enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics. These enhance the nutrients of the food, making it more readily available to the body. Anyone can ferment their own vegetables at home with simple recipes. It’s best to begin with cabbage, carrots or other easy leafy vegetables.
What Types Of Food Are Fermented?
Aside from making your own fermented vegetables, one can easily find fermented food at the grocery store. This would include raw sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir from coaw, goat or coconut milk, pickles, olives, beer, wine, and cheeses. Purchase organic and without added sugars for optimal efficacy.
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