Fermented Foods And Your Gut
You would think that microbes are something you need to stay away from. Actually, run from! But nothing could be further from the truth. Microbes (microbiome or gut bacteria) are critical to the health of not only your digestion, but studies are showing they are critical for brain health, mental health, heart health, and immunity. The relationship between fermented foods and your gut is the difference between having a diverse and healthy gut bacteria or an imbalanced and unhealthy gut bacteria.
We have good bacteria and then we also have bad bacteria living in our gut. The bacteria that we call “good” is responsible for assisting with digestion, absorbing nutrients and protecting us from the “bad” bacteria that can make us sick or even kill us. If we didn’t have good bacteria we would die. The good bacteria resides in our stomach, our skin and mouth. The bacteria, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, enhances the immune system and also may form a barrier to protect us from the bad bacteria by releasing toxins that kill the bad.
Bad bacteria gets into our body through wounds or environmental pollution and then it feeds on the processed food we eat and they grow and thrive. A traditional American diet is lacking in essential enzymes and bacteria that are beneficial to the health of our gut. When we eat a diet rich in fast food, processed food, too much sugar and simple carbs, our gut bacteria becomes unbalanced with bad bacteria outweighing the good. Bad bacteria have a feeding frenzy with sugar and simple carbs and grow and proliferate in our stomach causing all sorts of stomach issues including IBS, gas, bloating, pain and illness.
Encourage The Growth Of Good Bacteria!
There’s plenty you can do now to encourage the growth of good bacteria. Probiotics are one way to add more good bacteria to your gut. Adding more good bacteria keeps the bad bacteria in check. Bad bacteria cannot proliferate when there is a sufficient number of good bacteria. But an even better way to add more good bacteria to your diet is through food. Fermented food to be exact.
Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation. Lactofermentation is when natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid which preserves the food. The process creates enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and other probiotics. The fermentation process also protects the nutrients in the food. For centuries, people have been using this process to preserve their foods. Unfortunately today we have refrigerators to preserve our food. Today we pasteurize our food like dairy products instead of drinking raw, fresh milk. Pasteurized yogurt has replaced homemade, vinegar pickles and sauerkraut replaced fermented pickles and sauerkraut.
Our grains were soaked, sprouted and fermented in earlier times which made them nutrient rich and more digestible. Today grains are stripped and highly inflammatory due to how they are processed. This has resulted to a large extent for the digestion woes and the spikes in food allergies currently.
Add in these foods, at least one daily to up your good bacteria and get in more beneficial enzymes.
Kefir: Is traditionally made using cow’s milk or goat’s milk. You can also make coconut kefir.
Greek yogurt or Soy yogurt Soy yogurt does not contain lactic acid for those with allergies or intolerances.
Tempeh Made from naturally fermented soybeans.
Saurkraut Made from just cabbage and salt!
Kombucha Is an effervescent tea, either black or green and can be flavored with fruit and herbs.
Make Your Own!
Making your own fermented vegetables is surprisingly easy! It does not require a lot of specialized equipment, but using the appropriate equipment makes it easier. Pick your vegetable(s). You can grate, shred, chop, slice or leave whole your vegetables. Use the best water free from flouride and chlorine. Use a healthy salt for brining the water. Push the vegetables down under the water, close your specialized jar and wait for the fermentation period to end and from there they are ready for cold storage or eating! These specialized jars are perfect for fermenting!
Join a Program to Increase Your Gut Health!
Many people are confused about how to increase their gut health and help their digestion. When you start a gut health program, you will start feeling better. How would it feel to not get sick so much? Not have so much stomach pain, gas and bloating and fit into your clothes better? Try one of these programs today!
Diamond Health Coachings Gut Health Program (on special right now)
Solving Leaky Gut – This program is a video course that walks you through so you know exactly what to do and how to solve your stomach issues. Fantastic!
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