• Sue Williams

Fermented Foods for a Healthy Gut

Nowadays, there is so much focus on putting fresh foods into our bodies. However, could foods that become fermented after sitting for days, weeks, or possibly even months be good for you? The answer is a resounding yes!

Before we had fridges and freezers for preventing our foods from spoiling, our ancestors were experts in preserving food by the process of fermentation. Fermented food fare often starts off its life as a whole food. Its carbs and sugars are converted into compounds such as lactic acid with the help of microorganisms. Lactic acid is the substance that gives foods -- such as sauerkraut and pickles -- their sour taste.

Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

Interestingly, allowing foods to ferment actually enhances their nutritional value. A study in the Journal of Applied Microbiology stated that probiotics and fermented food products are beneficial for health. The fermentation process makes certain foods high in prebiotics. These then boost your digestive tract’s good bacteria levels, in turn, improving the balance and health of your body microbiome.

Having a healthy microbiome (bacterial community) in your gut can reduce your blood pressure, help you stay slim, prevent disease, increase your immunity, and aid digestion. Additionally, fermented foods are easier for your body to digest than regular types as they’ve already been broken down in part by bacteria. Vitamins are found in higher levels in fermented foods than in unfermented foods.

Types of Fermented Foods

Try adding these live food into your diet. It’s best to eat small portions regularly. Say once or twice daily. Take a look at these superfoods you should be adding into your daily diet.

Fermented Foods:

  • Miso

  • Kombucha

  • Kefir Water

  • Non dairy yogurt

  • Sauerkraut

  • Fermented vegetables

  • Kimchi

  • Natto

  • Tempeh

So, if you feel your health could do with a bit of a boost, adding fermented foods into a healthy diet could work for you. Try making fermented foods a regular staple of your diet, particularly if you suffer from digestive issues like diarrhea, gas, constipation, cramping or bloating.