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10 Reasons For Including Fermentable Food In Your Diet

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What’s so great about fermentable foods?

Fermentable foods are rich in probiotics, which also are referred to as “good bacteria”.  They are live microorganisms that are linked to many health benefits. Research shows that they can improve digestive health, boost the immune system, and possibly reduce the risk of cancer.

Groundbreaking new research has revealed the importance of the “microbiome”, the vast community of bacteria that lives within us. It turns out these bacteria outnumber our cells by a factor of 10 to one!  (We have almost 40 trillion cells so we are more bacteria than human!)

Enter a Favorite Fermentable of Mine Called KeVita…

What is KeVita?

KeVita is a pure, delicious, organic and healthy, sparkling drink made from a proprietary culture with four strains of live probiotics. KeVita is handcrafted in its own facility in Southern California. The founders of this amazing bottled drink are a nutritionist and a wine-maker in Ojai.

How’s the stuff made?

KeVita is fermented with coconut water or reverse osmosis water. One could compare the light and refreshing beverage with kombucha, another type of fermented drink, except that kombucha is fermented with black tea while KeVita is fermented with coconut water or reverse osmosis water.

KeVita and kombucha are only 2 forms of natural probiotics that can be included in your diet. There are so many more!  Adding a variety of fermented foods to your diet will ensure you are totally topped up with a well rounded variety of beneficial microorganisms.

Here are my 10 Reasons For Including Fermentable Foods to Your Diet

Fermented foods…

1. Restore the balance of good and bad bacteria in our gut.

Conditions such as allergies, infections, IBS and food intolerances have been linked to a lack of good bacteria in the gut.

2. Improve digestion and detoxification.

Sauerkraut or cabbage juice is one of the strongest stimulants for your body to produce acid. This is a good thing as many people have low stomach acid, which is the cause of their gut problems. In addition, fermentation increases glutathione (an anti aging amino acid) and enzymes needed for digestion and detoxification.

3. Are super rich in enzymes.

With aging, your body’s enzyme supply gradually decreases. This makes if harder to properly digest, absorb and assimilate what you eat.

4. Help make you skinny.

Can restore metabolism and reverse inflammation. A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, for instance, showed obese people reduced abdominal fat nearly 5 percent simply by drinking probiotic-rich fermented milk for 12 weeks.

5. Helps increase the vitamin content of foods.

Fermented foods have increased B vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin and niacin. The activated form of folic acid is increased, which helps with cardiovascular and cancer risk.

6. Can improve your mood and mental health.

According to researchers at Harvard, “Fermentation may amplify the specific nutrient or phytonutrient content of foods, the ultimate value of which is associated with mental health; furthermore, we also argue that the microbes associated with fermented foods may also influence brain health via direct and indirect pathways.”

7. Lower your cancer risk.

Breakdown products of glucosinolates in cabbage may decrease cancer risk by decreasing DNA damage, cell mutation and cell growth.

8. Last a long time.

Pickles, sauerkraut and other ferments last a longer time without going bad in your fridge. Definite plus when you travel and aren’t around your kitchen a lot.

9. Can help you with your pooping.

Choline is increased with fermentation, which breaks down fat in the body and liver and helps with constipation. Oh yeah…

10. Are budget-friendly.

It is super easy to make pickles, sauerkraut and kombucha. Adding these things to your diet can also cut down on the number of supplements you need, helping the budget further.

Here are My Top 10 Fantastic Fermentable Foods

  • Plain yogurt & kefir
  • Miso & natto
  • Kombucha & Kevita
  • Pickles
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut
  • Microalgae
  • Tempeh
  • Fermented garlic
  • Fish sauce & shrimp paste

For more good info on the benefits of fermentation:  http://www.seattlenaturalhealth.com/fermentation.html

For directions on how to make sauerkraut: http://www.almanac.com/content/how-make-sauerkraut 

For directions on how to make kombucha: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-kombucha-tea-at-home-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-173858

 

 

Cat Dillon

This blog is my journal, where I share everything wellness. From tips on healthy lifestyle to creating as much deliciousness in your life as possible.

Cat Dillon is the Cat in Caterpillar Nutrition and Wellness.

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