Fermented foods help to support digestion and immunity in our gut. Not only is our digestive tract the largest part of immune system, it also has neurotransmitters that control our mood and energy level.
Fermented foods are natural probiotics, which can be helpful with everything from allergies to dermatitis to irritable bowel syndrome. The yeast in fermented foods help to breakdown the food, enabling our body to better absorb important nutrients. It also removes unhealthy toxins and kills harmful bacteria.
Beware of commercial fermented products, which often lack the live culture needed for the health benefits due to use of pasteurization and other quality control procedures. Below are some examples of healthy fermented foods.
- Home-made pickles. You can pickle anything from cucumbers to beets (more on that in future blog entries).
- Kimchi, which is a traditional pickled spicy cabbage, common in Korean foods.
- Pu-Erh tea
- Kombucha tea, a fermented, sweetened black tea traditionally from China.
- Sauerkraut, a fermented sliced cabbage dish, originally from Germany.
How do you enjoy your fermented foods? We would love to hear from you!