The fermentation process enhances the digestibility of foods. As the fermenting bacteria break down the cell walls of the vegetables or fruits, they become gentler on your system. Another added benefit of fermentation is that it increases the amount of glutathione, the mother of antioxidants, as well as choline in the food. Both of these are nutrients that support liver detoxification.
Fermented foods help the good bacteria in the gut flourish. The production of neurotransmitters, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, and vitamin K increases, all manufactured by the gut bacteria to make a healthier, happier you.
Here are some of our favorite, easy-to-find fermented foods. Choose the unpasteurized products to get the living probiotic benefits:
- Soy sauce
- Kombucha tea
- Umeboshi plums
When you start eating fermented foods, go slowly. Bloating and gas are sure signs that you have overdone it. So nice and easy does it!
Are you feeling adventurous and want to try your hand at making your own fermented veggies? This month’s recipe is a great introduction to making fermented carrots. The results will be delicious and a great way to incorporate fermented foods into your diet. Your gut will be happy and your kids will love them, too!
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