9 Fermented Foods You Should Eat For Health

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Get Your Gut Feeling Great With These Fantastic Foods

Hippocrates (the ‘father’ of medicine) is famous for proclaiming ‘let food be thy medicine, let medicine be thy food’.  He also believed ‘all disease starts in the gut’.  So with more than 80% of our immune cells contained within the gut, it makes perfect sense to get your gut health right!  And even more sense to do it with food!

Most of us are aware that within our digestive system we have populations of beneficial bacteria which assist with digestion and assimilation of food and nutrients, as well as forming an important immune defence.

We can help to strengthen and maintain healthy populations of beneficial bacteria in our gut by eating foods that have ‘probiotic’ qualities.  Fermented foods are an excellent source of dietary probiotics and in this article published by Wake Up World, Dr Edward Group lists the 9 best fermented food for your gut.

Check Out This List of Best Fermented Foods

The fermentation process encourages essential bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria to flourish. The good bacteria break down lactose and other sugars and starches in the food, making digestion easier. And once they reach your gut, they continue to help break down food and keep out bad guys like E. coli and C. difficile.

The Best Fermented Foods

1. Yogurt

Yogurt has many benefits, mostly due to its rich probiotic content……Raw, unpasteurized yogurt is ideal if you can handle dairy, but you can find dairy-free yogurt options which are made from coconut and almond milk. Be sure you’re choosing yogurt that contains live active cultures, and try to choose plain, full-fat versions in order to avoid sugar. Yogurt that contains sugar can be counterproductive, as sugars feed pathogenic bacteria and contribute to sugar overload.


2. Natto

Natto is prepared with soybeans and is fermented so it forms the beneficial bacteria Bacillus. It’s an excellent source of calcium, iron, dietary fiber, and vitamin K2 and also contains nattokinase, a powerful anti-clotting agent that protects your heart and brain and lowers your blood pressure.

3. Kefir

Kefir is a bit like yogurt, except that it’s more of a drinkable consistency. Researchers report kefir may reduce irritation in the intestines, preventing toxins and other pathogens from getting into the blood. [2] If you’re choosing to drink dairy kefir, make sure it’s organic and isn’t loaded with refined sugar.

4. Kombucha

Made from tea, clean water, sugar, yeast, and bacteria, kombucha has become popular recently for its probiotic qualities. Its fizzy bite is also popular among those used to drinking soda. Research finds this fermented tea fights off E. coli and Staph bacteria in the digestive tract, possibly protecting against illness and aiding digestion. [3]

5. Sauerkraut

Traditional sauerkraut preparation uses water, salt, and cabbage, and very little heat is applied to the final product in order to prevent killing off beneficial microbes. A serving gives you a powerful dose of healthy probiotics that aid digestion, and research has found raw sauerkraut prevents cancer cells from forming.


6. Kimchi

This spicy Asian fermented cabbage, similar to sauerkraut, provides you with loads of probiotics. Extensive research indicates it contributes to colon health, lower cholesterol, better thinking, a stronger immune system, healthy skin, and weight loss.


7. Tempeh

This Indonesian ‘cake’ has a nutty flavor and chewy texture, and because of this it is often used as a replacement for meat in many vegan recipes. Traditionally made from soybeans and a yeast starter, it undergoes controlled fermentation that makes it a great source of probiotic bacteria. Tempeh is also a great source of calcium, iron, and magnesium.

8. Pickles

Raw pickles, much like sauerkraut, makes for a great introduction to fermented foods. Pickles made by lacto-fermentation makes this a delicious snack and a great food for aiding digestion and supporting a strong immune system.


9. Lassi

Lassi is made by combining yogurt and milk (or water) and sometimes fruit and spices to create a great probiotic-rich drink. It digests quickly, helps restore friendly gut bacteria, and soothes irritation in the colon.  If you are going to drink lassi, it’s best to find a product using grass-fed, free-range goat milk. Goat milk tends to digest more easily. If you’re vegan, try finding or making lassi with organic coconut or almond milk yogurt.


Read the full article at Wake Up World

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