10 Reasons to Eat Fermented Foods
- Published on: 29 March, 2014
- Last update: 10 August, 2017
Hi everyone! Now that the e-book craziness is over, I can get back to the strange, yet interesting posts that I love to write. First I’m telling you to do a parasite cleanse, and now I’m telling you to eat jarred food filled with bacteria? Yes – yes I am. Today I’m going to talk about fermented foods. These foods have been exposed to bacteria and yeasts, either purposely by adding cultures to a jar, or naturally through the air. Beneficial bacteria begins to grow and beat out the dangerous microorganisms. That beneficial bacteria also begins to eat the sugars and carbohydrates of the food (resulting in more of a bitter taste, like pickles). The final product has new flavors, textures, and smells.
You see, people used to eat fermented foods ALL THE TIME! They are SO important. Somewhere along the line we stopped, and that’s why our guts are so unhealthy and everyone is suffering from candida, mood disorders, even autism.
Remember my post about probiotics? I talked about how they completely change your brain activity. 90% of our serotonin (the neurotransmitter that makes us happy) is located in our gut! A study showed that after four weeks, women who drank probiotic raw milk (a.k.a. kefir) had significant brain changes. Their task-related responses increased, and activity within the sensory cortex regions multiplied. Their midbrain connectivity even increased, which explains their heightened ability to complete tasks.
What’s the easiest way to get your daily probiotics?
You can take a probiotic capsule once or twice daily (I use Dr.Ohhira’s Probiotics). Or, you can simply eat fermented foods! You will get millions and billions of different cultures each time you consume these different foods.
How do fermented foods work?
As we ferment the vegetables/foods, their fiber structure breaks down, thus they become more mineral-rich and nutritionally dense. The protein structure of food is also unraveled, making the foods easier to digest. When we ingest the millions of beneficial probiotics, they work for US by eating up pathogenic bacteria and breaking down our nutrients so we can absorb them more easily. More beneficial bacteria in our gut = higher immunity!
What are the best fermented foods?
– Kombucha: this is fermented black tea that fizzles when you open it! It has 4-7 bacteria/yeast cultures, and is often infused with fruit. You can see the cultures at the bottom of the bottle.
– Sauerkraut: fermented cabbage filled with amazing bacteria. Sauerkraut has a powerful impact on brain health, including depression and anxiety.
– Pickles: taste great AND give you a daily dose of the good stuff.
– Yogurt/Kefir: Kefir actually means “feel good!” Do NOT eat yogurt/kefit from pasteurized milk! Yogurt (and all dairy including milk) should always be raw and organic. Unfortunately, our best friend the FDA has outlawed the sale of raw milk and targets/bullies any farm trying to sell fresh milk to locals. If you know a farm and can get your yogurt and kefir raw, do it! If not, try coconut yogurt which also contains beneficial enzymes and probiotics!
– Kimchi: a fermented dish used for beauty and energy in Korea. It helps enhance digestion and improve nutrient absorption.
10 Reasons to Eat Fermented Foods:
1. They balance your intestinal flora and in turn can heal leaky gut – Stress, medications (antibiotics!!), illness, and poor diet all contribute to a decrease in healthy gut flora and thus leaky gut syndrome. Repopulate your flora with probiotic foods.
2. Heal IBS – Fermenting is like pre-digesting food which eases the burden of the intestines.
3. Heartburn and Acid Reflux – Many people report their acid reflux & heartburn ceasing within 2-3 minutes of eating fermented food.
4. Get More B Vitamins! – Fermented foods are full of B complex vitamins which help your brain and mood.
5. Boost Immunity – The more healthy gut bacteria you have, the stronger your immune system is.
6. Constipation – Good bacteria helps to digest your food and promote bowel movements.
7. Gas and Bloating – Gas is often a signal of an overgrowth of bad bacteria.
8. Crohn’s Disease – As I said, eating cultured foods heals leaky gut, a condition that exists due to a weakened and inflamed permeable intestinal membrane, which allows undigested food particles to enter the blood stream. Crohn’s Disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic allergies and immune system disorders are all traced to this problem.
9. Tartar Buildup & Gum Problems – The good bacteria can heal gum disorders. Since it improves nutrient absorption, your teeth(skeletal system) get more vitamins/minerals too.
10. Weight Loss – Good bacteria = energy = overall better organ functioning and elimination = weight loss!