Why It’s Time for Everyone to Ferment Up Their Life!
I have been learning a huge amount about gut health over the past few months, topped off with a super informative talk by the amazing Ben Warren last month. It really put into perspective the great importance of looking after gut health in order to feel our absolute best. Gut health not only affects the state of our digestive systems, but also our overall state of vitality, including not only physical health but mental health too.
So….. How does one nurture their gut into great health?
One of the absolute best (and yummiest) ways we can take care of our gut health is through eating fermented foods. The concept of fermenting foods has been around for thousands of years, prominent in many cultures throughout time not only as a health booster, but also as a preserving mechanism. Think ‘Korean Kimchi’ and ‘German Kraut’ mmm…
These nutritional powerhouses are having a major moment in the health world right now, popping up in tasty bottled beverages and on the food menus of wholefood cafes all over the show.
What’s all the fuss about?
The best thing about fermented foods is that they provide us with a highly concentrated dose of natural probiotics that feed the good gut bacteria throughout our digestive system.
This makes them a powerful gut healer and detoxifier, known to help ease digestive complaints like bloating and constipation. At the same time, a lot of fermented foods provide an abundance of nutrients into the body which then become more bioavailable if our guts are working at their best.
Fermented foods are a delicious dietary inclusion to nurture your gut into optimal health. Easy as that!
How does one consume these fermented foods?
Fermented food and drink are becoming more and more popular not only in your wholefood shops but often now in mainstream places.
My personal fave way of making sure I’m getting probiotics in my diet is through Kombucha, a fermented tea beverage that can be drunk as is or with additional natural flavourings from fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices for great taste.
Kefir is another fermented beverage usually made using milk as a base but there are also water-based alternatives for a non-dairy option.
When it comes to food, sauerkraut and kimchi are the most commonly consumed fermented delights.
Sauerkraut is made from fermented cabbage and it can be made (or purchased) in various amazing natural flavours! I literally add sauerkraut to about half of my meals as a little extra topping of goodness.
Kimchi is made from any selection of fermented vegetables with the addition of a variety of seasonings. Yummmmo!
No matter what the state of your gut, anyone and everyone can benefit from including fermented foods in their diet. Try out the options I’ve discussed above to find one that suits your palate, and you’re away laughing!
Article by Annabel Roydhouse, our in-house Nutritionist.
Images from Pinterest.