The Benefits of Fermented Foods
Much research is also showing the benefits of fermented foods such as:-
Boosting the immune system
Helping inflammatory disorders
Detoxify the body
Help fight Cancer
Beneficial to mood and mental health
By consuming a wide variety of “good” bacterial via kombucha, kefir and fermented vegetables we are helping to proliferate the gut. Within these foods there is a wide variety of “good” bacterial and the more strains we consume the better. As an example live cultured yogurt, whilst still good for us, has approximately 7 different strains of bacteria, whereas kefir, similar to yogurt, has 20 to 30 different strains.
Another way to help in this process is to consume prebiotics. These are fibres found naturally in food which cannot be absorbed or broken down by the body and therefore serve as a great food source for probiotics. They include many fruits, vegetables, bran, whole wheat, legumes, berries, sweet potatoes and squashes.
Eating prebiotics along with fermented food (probiotics) is one of the best ways of optimising health.
Why is it a good idea to consume fermented foods? The simple answer is to increase the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) within the gut. Why do we need to do this? Our modern lifestyle over the years is reducing the gut flora in our bodies. Our food is laced with pesticides, antibiotics, additives, refined carbohydrates, sugar, our drinking water has chlorine added and we are prescribed antibiotics. All these things are detrimental to our gut flora. Research is showing that the decline in our gut flora could be partly responsible for many of our modern illnesses. It sound quite depressing, but we can help counteract this by consuming fermented foods.
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