Can I get a high-five for some from-scratch, probiotic-rich KIMCHI!🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 Raw, unpasteurized ferments (i.e. kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, kombucha, (gluten-free) tamari, etc.) are good for the gut and Jess-approved!👍🏻 Inexpensive and economical to make, these are a powerhouse of an ingredient as part of your day-to-day diet!
Multiple factors impact the state of bacterial balance in the intestinal tract, including antibiotics, the birth control pill, environmental toxins and pesticides, stress, anxiety and a poor diet (the "Standard Amercial Diet" - cue the fast food, fiber-lacking, devoid-of-nutrient-value "food-like substances"). A daily, small portion of something fermented (i.e. 1/4 cup), given they are concentrated foods, helps support the gut on a regular basis by regular influx of beneficial strains of bacteria. Only when we start to exclude the top inflammatory offenders from our day-to-day diet and work towards repairing and restoring gut function, including that of more beneficial bacteria as compared to undesirable bacteria, can we start to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms. If we're experiencing uncomfortable symptoms after attempting to consume particular whole foods, the state of our gut bacteria is just not in a place to properly accept that food item at this time. This means there is work to be done!
Probiotic strains of bacteria support digestion of food, nutrient absorption, liver detoxification and elimination, among other functions in the body. They are what provide the sour taste we have come to love in such fermented foods! *If you’re dealing with histamine and/or yeast overgrowth issues in the body, fermented foods are not suitable for you at this time.
Teaching clients how to make these items from scratch is incredibly rewarding!
So, tell me, what's your favourite ferment? If they're new to you, which ones are you intrigued by? I'd love to know!😁