Fermenting for health
Fermenting for health
Fermented and pickled foods are a powerhouse of nutrients. These bacteria boosting foods are known for their ability to take food through the seasons, but what many don’t know, is their incredible ability to heal our gut.
When certain foods have been allowed to ferment in their own sugars and carbohydrates, a process begins whereby they become more than the modest vegetables they started out as – they turn into superfoods.
The healing powers of fermented foods can assist a multitude of health issues, like leaky gut, IBS, digestive issues and can boost your immunity.
Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean vegetable side dish that is salty, sweet and sour. It is a tasty companion to salads and hot dishes. As a fermented food, health benefits of kimchi include improved cardiovascular health and digestive system. The wealth of antioxidants in kimchi exercise healing effects in the medical conditions like cancer, diabetes, obesity, atopic dermatitis and gastric ulcers.
For those who aren’t dairy-intolerant, incorporating a daily dose of fermented dairy can be incredibly beneficial.
Sometimes referred to as ‘cultured dairy’, fermented dairy contains powerful probiotics and enzymes which can aid in healing our gut.
Fermentation can occur naturally or by adding in lactobacillus bacteria, a bacteria already present (yet benign) in our gut. The lactobacilli then feed on the sugar and starch in milk, creating lactic acid and acting to preserve the milk.
The beneficial enzymes which are released in this process aid in the creation of various strains of probiotics that are excellent for everything from gut maintenance, to repairing the gut after a dose of antibiotics.
Kombucha is a drink made by fermenting sweet black tea with a living colony of bacteria and yeast. It’s lovely and refreshing, and is also a probiotic that promotes gut health.
Sweet & Sour Beetroots
Enjoy delicious beetroot all year long with this simple technique – you’ll never reach for the store-bought canned variety again!
Also known as fermented cabbage, sauerkraut is a powerful gut healer. It has been known to have a powerful impact on brain health, with added benefits helping depressing and anxiety.
“Probiotics also reduce inflammation of the gut… because anxiety is often accompanied by gastrointestinal symptoms, reducing gut inflammation helps alleviate those symptoms,” said Matthew Hilimire from the College of William and Mary.