Fermented foods are essential for gut health. A look at traditional cultures shows that all included a variety of fermented foods in their diet to ensure optimal health. These cultures understood the importance of fermenting their food for both nutrition and storage benefits. Three top fermented foods which provide an essential variety of probiotics, vitamins and nutrients for health are kefir, kombucha and fermented vegetables. These three fermented foods, consumed on a daily basis, have been responsible for reversing and healing many diseases. They also are responsible for preventing disease and maintaining excellent health. Including fermented foods with each meal aids in digestion, while also providing added nutrients. Continue reading
Kefir is by far the most powerful and healing of all fermented foods. Home made kefir made with kefir grains and raw organic pastured milk contain up to 56 types of probiotics. Making your own kefir is quite simple. The most challenging part can be locating the kefir grains to start the process, but there are many online resources available. Some local communities have them, as well. I was fortunate to find some at a local grocery store, which carries both kefir grains and kombucha scobys.
Most healing and illnesses originate in the gut. For this reason, enhancing one’s multitude of probiotics or healthy bacteria is essential for optimal health. There is no comparison between home made kefir and store bought kefir in terms of quantity and type of probiotics, but it can still be beneficial to use store bought kefir. Try and use brands which carry the highest quality ingredients possible, with no added sugar. Continue reading