Fermented Foods

Gut Health And Fermented Foods…A Great Combination
If you suffer from digestive problems then you understand how hard it is to eliminate them completely unless you balance out the bacteria that is causing the problem with the good bacteria. A great way for you to do this would be to eat fermented foods as they are incredibly rich in lactic-acid bacteria. It is this bacteria that makes milk go sour and this same bacteria also helps vegetables to ferment as well. Of course, you find that this same lactic acid forming bacteria is present in a lot of probiotics.
So what are the benefits of fermented foods? One benefit is that they help you to balance out your stomach acid. They can help you to ease the discomfort of digestion when you have too much/little stomach acid. They also help the body in producing acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is otherwise known as being a neurotransmitter and it helps with your nerve impulses. It helps to move the food along the bowel and it can also help you with constipation as well. On top of this, it also helps you to improve the digestive juices and how they are released in the stomach.
Other benefits include the fact that they help those who suffer from diabetes. They can help you to improve the overall function of your pancreas and as a result, they don’t place an extra burden on it. It has been recommended since the 1950s that people need to eat more fermented food.
There are a number of fermented foods to choose from but here are a few to “wet your appetite”.
Fermented Pickles
Ever been in a pickle? Well, it turns out it may not be a bad thing, as long as it was a fermented pickle! Fermented pickles (Not to be confused with just regular pickled pickles!) contain a lot of minerals and vitamins. On top of this, they also contain antioxidants and even gut friendly bacteria. These can fight against Vitamin K deficiencies and one pickle contains about 18% of certian daily vitamins. Just be sure to choose organic to get the biggest benefits.
Fermented Raw Cheese
Raw milk cheese is normally made with milk that has not yet been pasteurized. This includes sheep milk, goat milk and even cow’s milk as long as it is soft cheese. This is always high in probiotics and this includes bifudus, bulgaricus and thermophillus. Probiotics have even been shown to help with some mental health problems and neurological disorders.
Yogurt
Probiotic yogurt is one of the most consumed fermented foods. If you want to buy some yogurt, make sure that it is grass fed and that it is organic as well. This will help you to get the most benefits and you will be surprised at how much it can benefit you when you consume it on a day to day basis.
So, if there is one thing I would recommend to everyone for better gut health, it’s to add fermented foods as a regular part of your diet. Your belly will like you for it, I promise!
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Dr. Shah, MD