Fermented Foods are Good for the Gut
You have spent months in the gym and your body feels just right. You want to continue on the healthy path by also engaging in some good gut foods. Now, when we say healthy food people starting thinking of kale smoothie and tofu. But I don’t see it that way!
While there is nothing wrong with this, there are just some of us foodies out there who prefer not to go that route. A good way to ensure that your gut is healthy is by taking in fermented foods.
Yes! I did say fermented foods. People do not understand the benefits that are hidden within these foods. No, they’re not disgusting. They are quite sumptuous, ask the millions whose culture include fermented foods as a staple.
In this article, you will learn some of the benefits that are facilitated by fermented foods. You will most likely recognize a few of them, so lets begin?
You are sitting there wondering what we might be talking about, right? Okay, let us make it simple and short like the ABCs. Below are some of the benefits of including fermented foods in your diet.
- Fermented food are packed with probiotics. Since our bodies are constituted of bacteria more than any other microbes, fermented foods help foster good bacteria. Good bacteria in the gut helps digest food better and neutralizes the system into working properly.
- Better immunity is fostered by the good bacteria that is formed in fermented foods. The good bacteria reverse the adverse actions of bad bacteria that causes inflammation and bloating. Therefore, you will reap the benefits of a balanced system.
- Fermented foods are delicious. You can transform ordinary cabbage or cucumbers into a delicious additive to compliment your food.
- From the process of lactofermentation food is broke down to release and digest much needed vitamins and minerals. Important vitamins like A, C, B, K1 and K2 which help ward of diseases like cancer and heart disease.
- Also fermenting food is an excellent way to preserve food. When you have some items left in the fridge that you’re not sure what to do with, you can ferment them. Fermenting will keep them from going bad and plus your gut will appreciate all that good bacteria. Follow proven fermenting techniques in order to achieve the best results.
Famous Fermented Foods
People all over the world have been using fermented foods as part of their daily meal intake. Here are some of the best and well known fermented foods from all over the world.
Ever heard of kimchi? If no, kimchi is basically fermented cabbage or radishes. This famous Korean fermented cabbage is spiced and has been found to be very effective in lowering blood sugar being that it is a fermented food it has all the probiotics that you need. If you don’t want to make it yourself, you can always buy some.
If you have never had miso, then you need to explore its rich tastes. Made from essentially from soy bean that has been fermented in a fungus by the name of Koji. This Japanese staple is used in soups, stir frys and other dishes that need a distinct flavor. You can even use it to season your food instead of using direct salt.
Need something fizzy and flavorful? Take a Kombucha. Made from green/black tea with sugar it is known to reduce liver toxicity. It is also great for reducing blood sugar, therefore, goof for people with diabetes. People love this drink so much that you can find it at your local grocery store. Alternatively, you can make it yourself.
Kefir is another fermented food star. This product made from introducing kefir to milk. The Kefir helps the milk ferment and become yoghurt like. This food has been known to help those who are facing lactose intolerance. Since it is packed with probiotics it helps with the cramping and bloating that comes with lactose intolerance.
Those facing osteoporosis benefit from the calcium, folate, biotin, B12, magnesium and other supplements found in the food.
Sauerkraut is another cabbage based fermented food. Famous all over the world, it is made by fermenting cabbage in salty water. Very little heat is used in this process. Sauerkraut has two antioxidants that are good for maintaining eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin are present for good eye health as well as other valuable vitamins and probiotics. On a sandwich or a casserole, it is simply delicious.
We all love yoghurt and the different flavors it is presented in. When it comes to fermented products yoghurt is the most accessible. When we say yoghurt we mean yoghurt with live cultures. This specification is usually indicated on the product so be vigilant. If you can find it in its purest form without too much sugar the better. Grab some yoghurt and get your potassium, calcium, B12, riboflavin and other supplements for the day.
This is another simple way to add fermented food into your diet. Whether it is pickled cucumbers or radishes, they make an excellent addition to our sandwiches. If you have Vitamin-K deficiency, find a way to add pickles to all your meals.
Another delicacy made from soya bean tempeh is used in cooking many dishes. Since it is usually compacted into a cake, it can be steamed with vegetables or added to a stir fry. It is essential to cook it before adding it to dishes. It is a rich source of healthy calcium, magnesium, iron, protein and good cholesterol.
These are just some of the most popular fermented food. Scour the internet for more options on possible fermented foods. Being that these foods come with additional health benefits for your gut and whole body. It would only be right if you treat your gut right. What are you waiting for? Grab a cup of yoghurt or a bowl of kimchi and enjoy!