You know how your mum always told you to drink water because you’re body is made up of 70% water? Well, using that logic you should be eating ten times more probiotic-rich food too.
Healthy bacteria, found is fermented food, is vital to our micro biome – the ecosystem of bacteria that lives inside our bodies. It turns out these bacteria outnumber our other cells by a factor of 10 to 1!
Basically, we are more bacteria than we are human.
Scientific research is now finding that a balanced microbiome regulates the immune system, metabolism, sustains the gastrointestinal tract, supports mood and brain function, produces crucial vitamins and nutrients, and helps us maintain a healthy weight.
Fermented foods are also found amongst the traditional diets of cultures worldwide, due to their health benefits. Unfortunately we our over-pasteurised processing of foods, many of us are not getting these vital bacteria in our diet.
I have been a fan of fermented food and beverages for a while now.
What I really love about them is after a period of over-indulging – take Christmas time for example – when my tummy is growling like an angry bear, after a week or so of eating fermented foods with my meals and drinking coconut kefir, and I’m right back on track.
They also don’t go off in the fridge. If you are anything like me, you go out and buy healthy food with all the best intentions, and then the next week you are clearing out the remains of wilted organic kale from your crisper.
Fermented food doesn’t really go off, because it’s already done its fermenting. So it is naturally preserved and lasts for ages, but you must keep it in the fridge.
Probiotic bacteria will balance your tummy from the inside, which makes for a flatter tummy on the outside.
Fermented foods help you lose weight by maintaining the right proportion of friendly bacteria for digestion, and an efficient digestive system equals optimal nutrient absorption and weight loss.
“I highly recommend these foods, both for weight loss and for overall improvement of numerous symptoms, including depression, anxiety, brain fog, skin problems, hormonal issues, immune weaknesses, digestive problems, and fatigue.” Raphael Kellman, M.D. is the author of The Microbiome Diet: The Scientifically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health and Achieve Permanent Weight Loss (July 1, 2014)
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