A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about a healthy gut and how it works with your immune system. This blog is about why you should be incorporating non-cooked fermented foods into your diet to stay healthy. The choices are many, so go ahead and experiment. It’s a personal choice, and not all fermented foods affect everyone equally.
In today’s world, the choices of fermented foods are endless. You can easily find kefir, kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, and pickled veggies. Fermented foods help your immune system, by helping your gut and microbes.
The microbes and their genetic material are known as the gut microbiome, which is a control center for the immune system. When you eat too much processed food, drink excessive alcohol and don’t exercise, the microbiomes deteriorate.
Imbalance in the microbes in your gut can cause cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. So, having a healthy gut microbiome helps the rest of you stay healthy.
Remember if you cook fermented foods, you will kill the good bacteria. That bacteria is live, and it’s important not to destroy them by cooking them.
Also, if you create your own fermented food, make sure that the food is not spoiling or growing mold. That is bad and can be harmful. Research shows that supplements don’t deliver the same benefits as fermented foods. Yogurt also has a great culture in it, so enjoy that too. Keep your diet fresh and mix in those fermented foods. See if you notice a difference if you feed your microbes, and how healthy you feel.
DM me with any questions you may have….about fermented foods and diet.