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 Benefits of fermented foods

WHAT IS FERMENTATION?  

Fermentation is the process that preserves food and produces beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids and various strains of probiotics - all vital to overall health. 

 

IMPORTANCE OF BACTERIA:

Our digestive tracts contain 100 trillion bacterial cells, performing essential functions that are responsible for keeping us healthy physically and mentally. Fermented foods contain living cultures, helping us replenish and diversify our population of beneficial bacteria.

 

HOW CAN FERMENTED FOODS SUPPORT A HEALTHY GUT?

Fermented foods are easier to digest because the microorganisms have already started breaking down the sugars and carbohydrates in the food, making the nutrients more available for the body to absorb.  Living organisms are being delivered straight to your gut, increasing the population of good bacteria, resulting in: 

  • Immunity boost
  • Increased metabolism
  • Appetite regulation 
  • Improved vitamin and mineral absorption  

 

TOP 5 FERMENTED FOODS WITH GREAT HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Kefir
  • Fresh sauerkraut
  • Fresh kimchi
  • Fresh dill pickes
  • Kombucha

 

TIP:  

To gain all the benefits, fermented foods must contain LIVE and ACTIVE cultures.  Processing can inactivate or kill the microorganisms.  If the fermented food is stored in the refrigeration section of the grocery store, very likely it contains live cultures.  Local farmer’s markets are also a good place to look