Naturally Fermented Foods for a Healthy Gut
How healthy is your gut (digestion)? There is a saying from Dr. Sherry Rogers, M.D. who I believe is ahead of her time in the medical field and who has done extensive study with environmental toxins and illness.
“The road to good health is paved with good intestines.”Dr. Sherry Rogers, M.D.
What did Dr Roger’s mean by this? In other words, poor digestion will cause the development of troubling symptoms and diseases. Dr. Rogers believes that if you look to your digestive problems and solve them, you will be less likely to develop other more serious health issues down the road.
Increase Digestive Health
An important way to increase digestive health – in addition to eating healthy, non-chemical-laden foods – is to be sure that the bacteria in your gut is beneficial and flourishing. There is much focus in the medical media right now about the positive effects of healthy intestinal bacteria on everything from intelligence, to absorbing nutrients, to maintaining a healthy weight.
Probiotics in Naturally Fermented Foods
One way to get or keep healthy gut bacteria is to eat foods rich in probiotics such as yogurt, keifer, naturally-fermented pickles, sauerkraut and kimchee. These are easily made at home. Eaten daily along with a healthy diet can greatly improve digestion. Many cultures traditionally use fermented foods as a daily condiment with each meal. For instance, pickles are as simple as putting vegetables, salt and water in a jar. Then letting them sit for a few days to ferment (be sure to get specific instructions before doing this). Don’t be fooled by grocery store varieties because they’re often not naturally fermented. Thus they do not have significant benefit to your health.
In addition, another wonderful and flavorful probiotic-rich condiment is kimchee. Kimchee is a traditional Korean side dish, made with cabbage and other vegetables. It is spicy and delicious. Interested in learning more? I will be demonstrating exactly how to make delightful ferments in my free kimchee class. The class is at New Leaf Market on April 21st at 7:45 pm. So, come see me in April and get gut-healthy!