What are Fermented Foods and Why are They Good For You?

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“What are Fermented Foods and Why are They Good For You?”

Poor diet, antibiotics, stress, and age diminishes your beneficial gut flora. This can set you up for having too little of the good bacteria and too much of the bad bacteria, viruses, and yeast overgrowth. These bad guys steal your nutrients and leave their waste, which can accumulate and lead to a number of serious health problems.

Beneficial gut bacteria play important roles in vitamin production, mineral absorption, detoxification, digestion, immune function, and can help prevent diabetes, neurological problems, cardiovascular disease, skin disorders, etc. Your gut flora also plays a large role in your metabolism and weight control. Sugar, refined carbohydrates and junk foods cause inflammation and cause changes in your body that result in the overproduction of insulin, increased appetite, increased fat storage and obesity.

One of the best ways to protect your overall health is by keeping your gut flora healthy. A good way to keep your gut flora healthy is by either taking probiotic supplements, or by eating probiotic foods. Fermented foods are probiotic foods. The three we will talk about today are: Kefir, Kombucha, and Cultured Vegetables.

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and large amounts of various strains of probiotics.

Homemade kefir has 50 plus good bacteria and yeasts. Kefir and its special bacteria will make YOU its home and keep things in balance for you. Kefir will add probiotics to any kind of milk, whether it is cow, goat, coconut, or almond milk. Kefir benefits: Eliminates constipation, reduces or eliminates allergies, asthma symptoms, and cold and flu illness; enhances digestion, reduces or eliminates asthma symptoms, helps to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar.

Kombucha – Besides the the good bacteria, kombucha also has lots of

B-vitamins, and amino acids. It helps remove toxins through the kidney, liver, and bowels. Kombucha can help you lose a lot of excess water weight. It can relieve headaches/migraines, improve digestion, relieve seasonal allergies, strengthen immune system, speed healing of ulcers (kills h. pylori), boosts energy, eases joint pain, get rid of yeast problems, and suppress the appetite.

Cultured Vegetables: Everybody knows that vegetables are so good for you – but when you ferment vegetables, they become more powerful than they were previously. The enhanced probiotics, enzymes, and vitamins in cultured vegetables make them powerhouse foods. With their high doses of Vitamin c and their anti-inflammatory properties- they can reduce allergies, and bolster your immune system. They also aid in digesting proteins and can repair damage done to your gut by processed foods. They are also great at controlling and eliminating yeast overgrowth.

While most of our ancestors’ diets would have been brimming with live probiotic bacteria, ours are often devoid. With more and more research showing the importance of a healthy gut, the importance of eating foods that will aid our gut health is becoming more prominent.

The healthy benefits of fermented foods are endless, and the evidence shows there’s definitely something to all of this old but new information.

Fermented foods can be a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. We have the supplies, directions and recipes for helping you make your own Fermented Foods.  I hope this is a helpful starting point for you to begin healing your microbiome through food choices.   Call or E-mail us if you would like to discuss this more in detail. 682-518-1931 or eterna@eternahealthfood.com


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