Fermented foods

Jul
2012
02

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Fermented foods will each will give your gut different healthy microorganisms, so eat a variety!

About and benefits – Some of the most popular types of fermented foods include: kimchi, sauerkraut, some pickles, such as Bubbies, and other fermented vegetables; kefir and yogurt can be made with dairy products or can be vegan, made with coconut, soy or another base, rejuvelac, kombucha, tempeh, miso and some vinegars are fermented. These all have different naturally occurring bacterial cultures. Make sure if you buy these products for their beneficial flora that they are not pasteurized as that process will kill all microorganisms that were once present in it.

The importance of good flora your gut and its influence on your health is profound. You have more bacteria in your gut than cells in your body, by at least 10 to 1. Maintaining a healthy balance of good flora, or bacteria, in your gut is crucial to optimal health, which affects your physical, mental and emotional being. Your gut serves as your second brain and even produces more serotonin, which beneficially influences your mood, than your brain does.

An abundance of good flora in your gut will help you fight disease and alleviate most of the autoimmune and inflammatory conditions and disorders in the body originate in the digestive system, including: Multiple sclerosis, Lupus, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Type 1 Diabetes, Crohn’s disease, Urinary and Kidney problems, Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative colitis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, IBS, degenerate diseases, allergies and chronic skin conditions. The cells in our digestive system regenerate quickly. The gut lining is made up of cells called enterocytes which only live for 2-3 days and then die, shed off and are replaced. But to regenerate these cells with healthy new enterocytes you need both good nutrition to feed them and beneficial microorganisms living in there.

Often disorders and conditions of the digestive system are a result of a gut lining overpopulated with pathogenic bacteria, protozoa, virus, fungi, worms, with beneficial microbes virtually nonexistent, and a skewed balance of good and bad bacteria. Replenishing beneficial microorganisms to the gut will most likely help quickly alleviate symptoms of these conditions.

 

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