The GUT is the largest part of the immune system, so it really does matter what we put into it!
Fermented foods are produced through the breakdown of carbohydrates and proteins by microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts and molds, and yes, they are actually delicious! Even more so, they are extremely beneficial to overall health, increasing your overall nutrition, promoting the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria, and aiding in digestion and supporting immune function. Fermented foods increase absorption of B vitamins (even Vitamin B12), omega-3 fatty acids, digestive enzymes, lactase and lactic acid, and other immune chemicals that fight off harmful bacteria and even cancer cells.
Cultures around the world have been eating fermented foods for years, some extremely healthy fermented foods include kimchi, kombucha, kevita, beet kvass and sauerkraut.
Fermented foods are a lot simpler and easier to prepare and enjoy than you might think, and can be great gifts when packed in mason jars to show off their colors.
We enjoy a small amount of fermented vegetables with breakfast or lunch several times a week to maintain a healthy gut!
7 Reasons to Eat Fermented Foods
- improves digestion.
When we ferment foods, it is similar to partially digesting the food, creating a much easier process for the gut.
- restore balance of intestinal flora.
Those with IBS, constipation, lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, low immune function will all benefit from incorporating more good flora in the gut.
- improves brain health.
Fermented food has a powerful impact on brain health. including depression and anxiety. “There’s a tremendous connection between gut and brain health,” explains Dr. Ramsey, author of The Happiness Diet. But, of course, there is a huge difference between store bought fermented products, and factory processed fermented products.
- it tastes good
There’s a reason people like to eat sourdough, sauerkraut, yogurt, cheese, kefir, miso, cultured butter, lox, and traditionally cured pickles. They taste good with interesting, complex flavors. Fermentation is the original gourmet!
- helps us to absorb the nutrients we’re consuming
You can ingest huge amounts of nutrients, but unless you actually absorb them, they’re useless to you. When you improve digestion, you improve absorption.
- fermenting your own food is inexpensive
This is a very simple process, and the foods needed to create these power house gut transformers, can be found in your own garden, and are quite inexpensive at the markets. You can use cabbage to make sauerkraut, cucumbers to make pickles, and any other veggie can be fermented as well. I have tried many varieties of fermented veggies, and love getting creative with it.
- become a better you
To heal the gut is to heal the gut brain connection. As a woman in a fast paced world, raising children, working, and constantly on-the-go, emotions of stress or anxiety sometimes get chalked it up to our gender. In reality, digestive distress can very much affect our overall stress level and mood without us even knowing it. Our overall health depends on the health of our gut. It is important to take it seriously, and make changes in our diet as needed.