By: Active Sports Therapy with photo credit to local Calgary producer of Kombucha TRUE BÜCH KOMBUCHA
Sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and other fermented foods are making their way back into people’s diet. The benefits are many and the science is supportive, so let’s take a closer look at why these super-foods are so helpful.
Fermented foods experience a process; a chemical reaction in which the naturally occurring bacteria feeds on the sugar and starch in the food. The result is lactic acid. This process acts as a preservative for the food overall which helps to preserve its’ nutrients. It also results in the creation of b-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of beneficial probiotics and enzymes.
The main reason to consume fermented foods is for your gut health. Consuming these foods can increase the amount of healthy bacteria in your digestive system. The benefits you may experience will be better digestion, absorption and your body may be able to better absorb nutrients. These healthy bacteria also play a role in the function of our immune system and mental health.
You can try to eliminate refined, high sugar foods from your diet and instead include probiotic-rich fermented foods to bring your gut into a healthy state of balance.
Here are some examples of fermented foods you can incorporate into your diet:
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