I happen to have a friend that I swim with 3 times a week that is an excellent Nutritionist. She often gives nutritional tips to me and the other guys that swim in our lane. One thing that she recently suggested was to “eat something fermented every day”.
Personally, I have started eating “Pickled Beets”, about one serving every day, and now my digestion has been noticeably better. I was intrigued by this and I started to read about many of the other benefits of eating fermented foods. I wanted to share a few links that highlight many of the benefits of eating fermented foods on a regular basis.
This first link is to an article written by Dr. David Williams- he is a medical researcher, biochemist, and a Chiropractor. Dr. David Williams has developed a reputation as one of the world’s leading authorities on natural healing.
A couple of the highlights of his article are how fermented foods balance the production of stomach acid, they help produce acetylcholine- which also aids in digestion, and they improve pancreatic function- which is beneficial to people with Diabetes.
This next article explains how eating fermented foods helps balance the bacteria in our digestive systems, and how they improve bowel health and improve our immunity. Another bonus, fermented foods will also help you absorb more nutrients from the food you eat.
One more link for you to look at here was written by Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS. He is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine. He lists his 10 Healthiest Fermented Foods and Vegetables here:
Dr. David Williams says: “Modern Society is Losing Fermented Foods”. Unfortunately, over the past century many probiotic foods have fallen from favor due to changes in the way we now preserve foods, particularly vegetables.
“When fresh vegetables weren’t as readily available throughout the year, they were often preserved through fermentation. Nowadays, thanks to improved transportation and storage, we can buy various vegetables all year around; and when it comes to preserving vegetables, freezing and canning have become the methods of choice. These techniques are convenient and help retain vitamin content, but they provide little benefit in terms of digestive health compared to fermentation.”
Dr. Williams top fermented foods: Homemade Sauerkraut; Fermented Veggies; Fermented Soy Products; and Kefir.
So, do your gut a favor and try adding some fermented foods to your diet.
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