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Fermented Foods that can Improve your Health

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

Do you feel bloated, tired, stressed and run-down?

Your gut bacteria can be the missing link in your quest to stay fit and healthy! We are home to trillions of bacteria and most of them help us adapt to our environment. This collection of microbes, called the "microbiome" is also located everywhere in our body.

We depend on them to survive and thrive! The more diverse our gut bacteria is, the more adaptable we become to our environment. Substances such as medication, chemicals in food additives, sugar, and stress can disrupt the balance of this delicate ecosystem. This imbalance can lead to a weakened immune system, joint pain, headaches, mood changes, poor digestion, hormonal imbalance and much more..

This is because at the root of most diseases is inflammation.. and poor gut health can lead to systemic inflammation. Adding probiotics supplements and fermented foods that have healthy gut bacteria into your diet will help replenish and rebalance your microbiome.

Examples of Unsweetened Fermented Foods Include:

  • Kimchi

  • Miso

  • Sauerkraut

  • Beet Kvass

  • Unsweetened Coconut Kefir

  • Fermented Coconut Culture

  • Kombucha

  • Sourdough

  • Unpasteurized beer, cheese

  • Unsweetened Yogurt

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Tamari

On top of eating fermented foods, you'll also need to increase your prebiotic foods (gut bugs love prebiotic foods that have lots of plant fibers) to keep them alive.

Some examples of high prebiotic foods include:

  • cabbage

  • jerusalem artichokes

  • wild yams

  • jicama

  • leeks

  • asparagus

  • chicory

  • garlic

  • onions

  • almonds

  • bananas

  • apples

These 'friendly' microbes play a role in creating essential nutrients such as certain B vitamins, vitamin K, Serotonin, and much more!

Did you know that more than 80% of our Immune System resides in our gut and most of the Serotonin (the calming hormone) is made in the gut? That’s why increasing these friendly microbes will often lead to increased energy, better sleep, and a more stable mood.

What is your favorite fermented food?

Best of luck on your healing journey. Wishing you lots of fun while exploring various fermented foods!


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