Fermenting foods has become quite a fad in recent years, yet fermentation has been around for thousands of years and is an ancient process to ultimately preserve food. The fermentation process keeps foods from spoiling with active enzymes and beneficial bacteria.
The loss of traditional fermented foods coupled with a diet rich in processed, refined foods means that many people are experiencing an imbalanced gut which is vulnerable to disease.
Actually, all diseases begin in the gut, including allergies, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and autoimmune diseases.
“All diseases begin in the gut”, the Father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, made this statement more than 2,000 years ago.
I have long advocated the use of fermented vegetables. Once a month I make a batch of my very own homemade raw cultured vegetables and include a forkful with every meal, every day. Fast forward a few years, eating my own raw cultured vegetables has healed my digestive disorders such as leaky gut, IBS and fructose intolerance.
Initially, it is an acquired taste, but with time you will love the sour taste. Also, be aware that there may be some slight side effects when you start introducing raw cultured vegetables into your diet, such as bloating and gas. This is actually a good thing, as the beneficial bacteria are balancing and healing your gastrointestinal tract. I suggest continuing to eat the cultured vegetables and these symptoms will subside within a week, or two, depending on the level of your gut health.
Top 8 benefits of eating raw fermented vegetables include;
1. Probiotics slow or reverse some diseases, improve bowel health, aid digestion, and improve immunity
2. High in fiber and vitamins A, E, C, B
3. Absorb Food Better. Having the proper balance of gut bacteria and enough digestive enzymes helps you absorb more of the live nutrients in the foods you eat
4. Low in sugar and calories
5. Helps stabilize blood sugar, which reduces food cravings
6. Aids weight loss
7. Reduces cholesterol
8. Budget friendly. Healthy organic foods can get quite expensive, but making your own cultured vegetables such as sauerkraut, kim chi, kefir, kombucha will result in buying less or no supplements, vitamins, probiotics
Enjoy my Homemade Raw Cultured Vegetable Recipes, and make it a regular part of every meal and you too will soon begin to feel alive, healed and replenished!