Gut Health

The Benefits of Fermented Foods

The benefits of eating fermented foods have grown in popularity, these feel good bacteria-particularly those in our gut help to improve our digestion, boost our immunity, and help us to maintain a healthy weight. Take care of your gut, and in turn, it will take help take care of you!

Historically the fermentation technique was used as a way of preserving food and drinks before the introduction of modern-day refrigeration. During the process of fermentation, microorganisms such as bacteria convert compounds such as sugars and starch into alcohol or acids. This process can produce distinctive, strong, and sour flavours. The consumption of food and drinks that have undergone fermentation contain benefits to our health that stretch far beyond food preservation.  The transformation of sugars and starches enhances the natural, beneficial bacteria in our food. The bacteria known as probiotics or “good” bacteria are thought to help a multitude of health issues especially digestive health.

There are a variety of benefits to consuming fermented foods. Many fermented foods and beverages provide probiotics – live organisms that support better gut health and digestion. Fermented foods are also linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and inflammation.

  • Better digestion – Gut health is an important part of digestion because we need good bacteria to break down complex carbohydrates. Adding a few fermented foods to your diet can help your digestion to stay regular.
  • Improved gut health– Good bacteria helps to lower intestinal pH, which fights disease-causing bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract. This can prevent food-borne illnesses caused by bacteria that we ingest every day.
  • Supports immune system health – The probiotics present in many fermented foods can help the body produce vitamins in addition to boosting the immune system.
  • Lower risk of disease – People who have a less diverse gut microbiota can be linked to higher rates of obesity, asthma, and chronic inflammatory conditions. Fermented foods create a more diverse gut microbiota which helps lower the risk of diseases associated with inflammation.
  • Reduced food waste – Fermenting foods at home allows us to extend the life of produce, dairy and more to cut down on waste.

These foods are very advantageous for our health and wellbeing

  • Kombucha – This slightly fermented tea is a good alternative soda which is available in different flavours – you will usually be able to find this in the fridge section of any large supermarkets/health stores.
  • Sauerkraut – Find live versions of this traditional Eastern European staple, which literally translates to “sour cabbage,”. Or, if you don’t mind chopping, make your own artisan batches.
  • Kimchi – There are hundreds of varieties of the traditional Korean fermented side dish, commonly made from a base of napa cabbage, radish, scallions, and spices.
  • Kefir – This fermented dairy drink is made using kefir grains (a combination of bacteria and yeast). The end result? A slightly fizzy, tangy drink that’s thinner than yogurt.

The health benefits of these foods can be attributed to a combination of nutrients and ingredients being fermented—often in a more bioavailable form as the enzymes and beneficial bacteria are already hard at work, improving our ability to digest and absorb these nutrients. The natural compounds formed during the fermentation process are a mixture of active and inactive probiotic cells.

Try adding a few servings of fermented foods to your diet each day – starting with yoghurt in the morning over some berries or fruit, add sauerkraut to a salad or your dinner and a few glasses of Kombucha to top up your hydration levels.

Love your Gut comes in a powder and capsule format is an ideal way to achieve a healthy gut. Simply add 1-2 level tablespoons twice daily of the powder in your favourite smoothie, juice, yogurt, or any other meals for a gentle cleanse. And if you prefer capsule format then take 2 capsules twice a day with fresh water.

Combined with a balanced diet, Love Your Gut can help:

  • Anti – bloating
  • Known for improving digestion, waste removal and supporting nutrient absorption

 

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