Why Fermented Foods Matter, Role of Probiotics & Prebiotics

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Fermentation

Fermentation is the process where sugars and carbohydrates in certain foods transform into bacteria-promoting enzymes over time.

Our body too utilise a natural form of fermentation. Our digestive system ferments anything that we eat in order to get it into a form where the nutrients, vitamins and minerals can be absorbed.

By eating fermented foods as a natural source of probiotics we are helping to re-established gut flora, keeping our digestive tract in optimum health and enhancing absorption of nutrients and minerals from food.

Fermentation has been a part of diets around the world since ancient times, from kimchi (Korea) to sauerkraut and kefir (northern and eastern Europe) to miso, natto, tempeh (Japan) to yoghurt.

In probiotic terms, these foods are the richest sources. For this reason, fermented foods can help prevent and even reverse some discomforts and dis-eases including Intestinal Infection, Poor Digestion, Candida and Yeast Infections, Heart Burn.

I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to begin incorporating a mix of fermented foods and drinks into your diet on a consistent basis for your gut and overall health.

Probiotics and Prebiotics

👉The word probiotic—pro meaning “for” and bios meaning “life”—is a pretty accurate description of what these beneficial microbes do for our bodies.
👉Probiotics are live microorganisms that are similar to the good bacteria in our gut.
👉Probiotics have been consumed for thousands of years in foods and are now widely available in capsules and dairy products.
👉Adding probiotic rich foods and drinks to the diet is an easy way to give gut bacteria a boost and to keep the digestive system in proper balance.
👉Probiotics are abundant in fermented foods. When taken in sufficient quantities they have a positive health benefit

👉Prebiotics encourage the growth of the good bacteria in your gut. They act as a food for good bacteria.
👉Prebiotics contain fibers that don’t digest all the way, so they leave leftovers for the gut bacteria to eat.
👉Prebiotic-rich foods include Jerusalem artichokes, onions, garlic, asparagus, chicory, bananas and more

 

If you would like to know more about GUT HEALTH and how to make your own probiotic food such as SOURKRAUT, VEGETABLE MADLEY,KOMBUCHA,KEFIR,WHEY check our Ferments Workshop

 

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