Benefits of Fermented Foods

Red and green cabbage fermenting with sea salt brine

Food that have undergone a process called ‘fermentation’ are referred to as ‘Fermented Foods’. This is where natural bacteria feed on starch and sugars that then creates lactic acid. This method preserves food and create a highly beneficial strain of probiotics.

IMPROVE DIGESTION AND BOWEL MOVEMENT 

Eating fermented foods and drinking fermented drinks benefits your digestive system, balancing bacteria essential for an efficient digestive system, also known to prevent disease, inflammation and improves your immunity.

BETTER AND EASIER FOOD ABSORPTION 

Balancing your gut bacteria helps absorption of the essential nutrients in your food. Eat healthy food and fermented foods and you will not require supplements to help digestive issues.

FERMENTED FOODS ARE BUDGET FRIENDLY 

We all know that eating a healthy diet can be on the more expensive side, but fermentation is not expensive and it’s fun to do. Sauerkraut is quick and easy.

BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEM 

The majority of your immune system reside in the gut. Healthy gut will provide a healthy immune system and fight off common infections. fermented foods are far better than taking antibiotics, though in some cases prescribed medication may be the only option. If that is the case, as soon as you complete the antibiotic course or better still during the course, eat plenty of fermented vegetables to boost those weakened good gut bacteria.

PROMOTE BETTER GUT HEALTH 

The lactic acid produced during fermentation boosts your gut bacteria, so keep eating the fermented foods.

IMPROVE FOOD FLAVOUR

Fermented foods taste delicious and are highly nutritious, adding quality to most meals,

REDUCE SUGAR CRAVINGS 

Fermented food due to their tangy flavour can reduce sugar cravings, possibly supporting weight management.

Cabbage shredding for Sauerkraut

Summing up……

The benefits of fermented foods for overall health and wellbeing are great. The power of reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, improving gut function are all essential for balance and function.

Follow and like the @NutritionBodySoul facebook page as we will be delivering Fermentation Workshops in the Southport area this summer.

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