Fermented Foods for Health
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Fermented foods pack a powerful probiotic punch and can help improve our health many different ways.
As the seasons change and farm-fresh veggies diminish, it's time to think of new, healthful ways to enjoy vegetables and retain some of their key health benefits. One of the best ways to do this is through fermentation. That's right, fermenting vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, etc.) are not only tasty, but the probiotics contained in these foods help populate and rebalance our gut flora (where 80 percent of our immune system resides).
Studies have shown that probiotics can help with everything from allergies to preventing cavities, and even help with weight loss. The Journal of Nutrition has suggested that probiotics could even protect against colon cancer.
Our intestinal flora is vitally important, not only to our gut health, but our immune and nervous systems. We have 10 times more gut bacteria than we have cells in our whole bodies. The gut is where our second nervous system lives, and it has the same amount of neurotransmitters as our brain. For optimal immune and nervous system health, we need good flora. Bad diets, stress, antibiotics and other things factor into bad gut health, which also contributes to bloating, fatigue, headaches, inflammation, and even junk food cravings.
One study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that obese people reduced their abdominal fat nearly five percent by drinking probiotics-rich fermented milk for three months.
So how can we get more fermented foods in our bodies? Here's a list of seven fermented foods to start with:
Ready to give it a try? Share with us your favorite fermented foods. For more great info on fermented foods, check out this article at Wellness Mama.Foods & Recipes->Fruit & Vegetables