In this short video, I explain in detail how fermentation works and how fermented foods can benefit your gut health. Add them into your daily meals and you’ll be feeling amazing in a short period of time!
I use the example of my favourite fermented food – Sauerkraut – to showcase not only the health benefits of this food but also how easy it is to make it!
Incorporating fermented, probiotic foods in your diet has many benefits. Bacteria that live in fermented foods creates a protective lining in your gut. Moreover, they shield your intestines against potentially harmful pathogens. So, in order to get that healthy population of bacteria, it’s essential to consume probiotic foods on a regular basis.
According to Dr. Josh Axe, wellness physician and author of Eat Dirt, “fermented foods lead to an increase of antibodies and a stronger immune system; plus, they regulate the appetite and may help with reducing sugar and refined carbs cravings. Indeed, fermented vegetables can help treat Candida gut.”
A study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology states that “recent scientific investigations have supported the important role of probiotics as a part of a healthy diet for humans as well as for animals and may be an avenue to provide a safe, cost effective, and natural approach that adds a barrier against microbial infection.”
The way to reaching Gut Health – The Fermentation Process Explained
This is how fermentation works, using cabbage as an example:
- Just mix 1/4 of a cabbage, finely shredded, with salt
- Then, using your hands, massage the cabbage and salt for 10 to 15 minutes until there’s enough liquid to cover it
- Put the cabbage in jar, covered with a clean cloth, for 10 days to 3 weeks
Follow this simple process, and you’ll be creating the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. That’s right, you’ll be fermenting your own food.
Sauerkraut fermentation involves anaerobic bacteria, which is why the shredded cabbage and salt need to be packed in an airtight container. Bacteria, which includes many species that already live on the cabbage leaves, produce lactic acid. Eventually, the environment within the jar becomes too acidic for these bacteria to survive and they die off. They are replaced with bacteria that can better handle the acidic conditions, such as Lactobacillus species, which are beneficial to us. Isn’t that magic!
Gut Health – What can you expect?
This is what I have experienced by adding fermented foods into my diet:
- I can digest cabbage without getting bloated
- I have dodged colds and the flu for the last few seasons
- My digestion has become very predictable
- In winter, my skin doesn’t get dry and cracked anymore
- Cravings for sweet treats have decreased significantly
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