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Healing Power Of Fermented Foods

If something is going ‘rotten’ that means it’s bad, right?…Well…maybe not…

The healing power of fermented foods is nothing new.

Perhaps the word ‘rotten’ is a tad strong (pun intended).

‘Fermentation’ is when the food goes through the process of lactofermentation. This is when the bacteria in the food feeds on the carbohydrates and sugars, thereby creating ‘lactic acid’…This is GOOD!

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Fermentation:

  • Preserves food for long-term storage and use~

  • Creates a bevy of natural enzymes, vitamins, Omega 3 fatty acids, and of course…wonderous/gut healing probiotics~

  • Destroys ‘bad’ bacteria, and creates ‘good’ bacteria, allowing food to sustain long shelf life and avoid becoming harmful to the body~

  • Aids in the digestive process by preserving the food’s nutrients, and breaking them down into stomach friendly components~

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Getting back to ‘Vintage Eating’ (or eating like your great-grandparents did), is an excellent way to pro-actively supplement your personal healthcare needs.

Considering that 70% of Fibromyalgia patients are diagnosed with IBS, adding fermented foods to your diet warrants looking into.

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Here is a list of common fermented foods that you can purchase, or better yet, make yourself:

Healing Power Of Fermented Foods

  • Kefir~ this is a liquid that tastes like drinkable yogurt. VERY delicious and excellent for boosting immune system & healing IBS! Find in your health food store; Sprouts/Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s.

  • Sauerkraut~ I LOVE this stuff! But, make it yourself if you can. Many times the sauerkraut we buy at the grocery store has gone through a heating process that kills all the lovely bacteria that is so beneficial. I will be doing a post in the future on a simple, delicious recipe for homemade sauerkraut.

  • Miso~ OOOO! If you’ve never enjoyed a delicious bowl of authentic Japanese Miso soup…well, let’s just say you’re definitely missing out…and when you try it, you’ll thank me~

  • Pickles~ Pick them up at the farmer’s market if possible. The probiotics will be higher with a less processed, local source.

  • Kimchi~ 3 words: Kimchi…Fried…Rice. Nuff’ said~

  • Yogurt~ Buy one that is not loaded with crap, i.e. sugar/chemicals/dyes. I love Mountain High Yoghurt. It’s delicious, inexpensive, and loaded with EXTRA probiotics.

 

Fresh Lemon FROYO

2 Cups Plain Mountain High Yoghurt

Juice from 2 fresh lemons

2 tsp lemon extract

1 TBSP lemon zest

2/3 Cup coconut sugar (or refined, your choice)

1/2 Cup Whole Milk

Combine and wisk all. Follow ice cream machine directions.

Healing Power Of Fermented Foods

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  • Reply
    Sharon Hutchinson
    May 19 at 9:18 am

    Sauerkraut is a very recommended food when eating Paleo. Hard to think of eating Kielbasa without it.

    In grammar school we were told the same story about how cheese came about. Cheese is probably at the top of my favorite foods. So maybe Sr. Eustasia was right!

    It is known that wild birds will get drunk on fermented fruit and actually seek it out. They eat so much they often stumble around and act stupid. Just like humans!

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    Crys
    June 14 at 8:00 am

    I love the concept of eating like our ancestors did! Too many processed foods exist in the world.

    Have you ever heard of sourdough? I keep a sourdough culture that I made. Bread made the old fashioned way is also a fermented food (I have some homemade bread in my freezer and refrigerator right now).

    Excellent post!

    P.S. Do you have an alternative to coconut oil? I’m highly allergic to coconut and palm.

    • Reply
      kristine
      June 14 at 9:55 pm

      Hello Crys! Yes! Sourdough is my FAVORITIE bread. I’m a huge fans of Boudins sourdough bread from San Francisco.
      I also use olive oil, and non hydrogenated lard (which gets an undeserved bad wrap). Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

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