I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Good health starts in the gut. Keeping your internal ecosystem healthy and balanced is essential for a strong immune system and vital living. Eating fermented foods is one of the easiest and most economical ways to improve your gut flora. Humans have been fermenting foods for ages. And you may be surprised how easy it is to do at home…..
The gut is the principal area of your body where exchanges are made between you and the outside world and where nutrient uptake takes place. Since most diseases start in the gut, the quality of the flora that resides there is extremely important to overall health. Think about this: the human gastro-intestinal tract houses the bulk of the human immune system, about 70% of it. Everything we eat and drink passes through the gut along the gastrointestinal tract.
The tubelike GI tract is embedded with millions of bacteria that live, grow, and metabolize (digesting and absorbing) in what’s considered a complex ecosystem comprised of both beneficial and harmful bacteria. Imbalances within this ecosystem will impair the gut barrier and increase risk of developing disease. With our stressful lifestyles, environmental toxins, and food lacking in real nutrition, our gut lining is unable to completely regenerate and heal itself as the old lining naturally sheds off. This leaves tiny gaps in the lining, allowing proteins and other “foreign” particles to seep into our bodies (leaky gut), creating a host of ailments and diseases, including :
Compromised immune system, food allergies/intolerances, gas/bloating, thyroid problems, diarrhea/constipation (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), migraines, weight gain/loss, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, auto-immune issues, depression, mood swings, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, poor memory, difficulty concentrating….. the list is extensive.
Read more HERE about why fermented foods are good for you.
Like I said earlier, fermenting your own foods is easy. I’ve compiled a list of fermented food recipes to help you and your family find new ways to add fermented foods into your diet. I’d love to hear if you try them. And I’d love to hear if you have a favorite fermented food recipe. Enjoy…..
Easy Pickles from Savory Lotus
Fermented Salsa from Cheeseslave
Top 17 Kombucha Recipes from Living The Nourished Life
Easy Ginger Carrot Sauerkraut from Savory Lotus
Homemade Lacto-Fermented Ketchup from Homemade Mommy
Homemade Lacto-Fermented Mayonnaise from Homemade Mommy
Lacto-Fermented Apple Sauce from The Coconut Mama
Fermented Ginger Carrots from Savory Lotus
Beet Kvass from The Coconut Mama
Lacto-Fermented Summer Squash and Zucchini Pickles from FearlessEating
Lacto-Fermented Dill Pickles from Cheeseslave
Fermented Orange Juice from Oh Lardy!
Probiotic Dairy Free “Cheesecake” from Savory Lotus
Lacto-Fermented Berries from Oh Lardy!
Coconut Yogurt (dairy free) from Gutsy by Nature
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To learn more about fermented foods, I highly recommend Sally Fallon’s book, Nourishing Traditions. It’s the book started my LOVE of fermented foods. I also recommend reading Sandor Katz’s book, Wild Fermentation.
Be sure to check out my 9 Tips for Successful Fermentation.