Creating and consuming fermented foods was commonplace among our ancestors. It was a way of preserving food before refrigeration, and unbeknownst to them, the fermentation process was unlocking nutrients, creating an easier-to-digest food, and providing a host of beneficial bacteria that protected the body.
Abundant in Probiotics
Yogurt, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha are examples of traditional foods made through fermentation that contain high levels of probiotics or good bacteria.
Daily consumption of fermented foods (and beverages) can provide the body with a large variety and upwards of trillions of beneficial bacteria. These bacteria help boost the immune system, prevent leaky gut, improve digestion, and increase absorption of nutrients.
Immune System Boost
Nearly 80% of your immune system is in your gut, and so is an amazing number and variety of bacteria. Your immune system and these bacteria work synergistically to create a healthy gut and strong immunity. Regular consumption of fermented foods and beverages helps keep the gut in harmony, suppresses the overgrowth of bad bacteria, and promotes the production of natural antibodies and immune cells.
Improves Digestion and Gut Health
Fermented foods are full of digestive enzymes which help us to better digest and absorb the food we eat. The good bacteria found in fermented foods also has a symbiotic relationship with our digestive cells found in our gut. This helps to protect against digestive disorders and allergies and remove toxins through healthy digestion and elimination.
Preserves Food and Nutrients
Fermenting foods to preserve your harvest was common practice in nearly every traditional culture. It is an easy process that preserves vegetables for long periods of time without the use of freezers or canning machines. During the fermentation process, lactic acid is produced which is a natural preservative that inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria. The fermentation process helps to preserve nutrients in the food and make them more available to the body.
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About Organic Beth
Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three who loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips.