ITS FERMENTED? Great, Your Gut Will Love It!
In the modern world it is easy to get confused with all the food, nutrition and diet advice. It often also means that we fall into the trap of food replacements, quick fixes in the form of ready meals and so on. If we start having digestion problems or weak immune system, we start looking into a million reasons why.
But why not start with the basics, look back and see what people have eaten for centuries to make their bodies healthier?
When was the last time you had fermented food? Natural kefir - yep, the sour one? Sauerkraut? Fermented cucumber or watermelon?
Sauerkraut, although originated in China about 2000 years ago, has become a popular side dish in many other countries until today.
Fermentation has been used as a method to keep food from spoiling for centuries and eating fermented foods also has been one of the well known, traditional ways of keeping body healthy. However, It seems like the method is slowly being forgotten in the western world and it is a real shame as the fermentation process creates conditions that promote the growth of bacteria beneficial to ‘gut flora’.
There are just a few of many reasons why you should go back to the roots of healthy eating and eat fermented foods such sauerkraut or fermented cucumbers (Ogorki Kiszone :) ) which can be found in Polish or Eastern Food shops.
They are full of probiotics- yes, that’s right. They have all the good stuff but without the sugar content that you would get in some of the high in probiotic yoghurts that are advertised everywhere. (No offence to Activia, but there are lot healthier options with no sugars or sweeteners added)
They improve digestion and ‘gut ability’ to absorb vitamins and minerals which is again due to probiotics.
Boosts immune system
They low in calories, high in fibres and rich in flavor
Some studies also have shown that eating cabbage- which is the main ingredient of sauerkraut, also may reduce risk of certain cancers.
Wanna eat healthy? Add some fermented food to your diet and your gut will thank you.