Benefits of Fermenting Your Food.
These days there is a lot of talk going on in health circles about a “healthy gut” or what is known as “leaky gut syndrome” that is, an unhealthy gut!
I am going to focus a little about probiotic rich fermented foods and how they can help us restore gut health. You may or may not know that the health of our digestive system is based around our emotional state of mind. Factors that bring about poor gut health can be due to poor diet, prolonged anxiety as some studies show and even medications. A large percentage of our feel-good hormones (neuro-transmitters) are produced in the gut so if there is an imbalance you can be sure that there is an imbalance of bacteria.
This is where consuming probiotic-rich foods can help. Good gut health assists in healthy immune function and longevity. Probiotic rich fermented foods such as vegan yoghurt or fermented vegetables (sauerkraut) and miso can be of great assistance to restore gut health.
Making your own fermented vegetables is so much cheaper these days and really a simple process. All you need is a little bit of time, some fresh vegetables such as beetroot, cabbage, carrot, celery and cauliflower (preferably organic) and organic apple cider vinegar.
Fermented foods create good bacteria such as lactobacillus which can assist in the growth of healthy gut bacteria. When foods are fermented they become easier to digest and this in turn increases its nutritional content. Dieticians and nutritionists recommend that we have a spoonful of fermented foods daily with lunch or dinner to promote a healthy inside.
Here is my recipe for creating your own fermented food. I have tried beetroot here and it’s been a great addition to my daily diet.
Here’s what you need:
500 ml filtered water
1 tbsp sea salt
400 g shredded beetroot (organic)
¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar
1.2kg glass jar (clean)
Mix the brine (water and salt first) and then add the vegetables in the jar.
Pour the brine in followed by the vinegar until it covers the beetroot and give it a gentle shake to ensure it mixes together.
Allow it to ferment for 6-7 days and it should be good to go.
Look after your gut health it’s really important – because really ”health is the greatest wealth”.
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