Today I wanna touch a bit on fermented foods. They are sooo good for you. We could stop there but I’ll explain. Our ancestors ate fermented foods frequently because it was a good way for them to store food for long periods of time naturally without sugar (because it was so scarce and expensive). Fermented foods are great for gut health too. They are chock full of probiotics, the good bacteria that help wipe out the bad bacteria.
Lets face it…if you don’t have good gut health, you’re gonna have a whole lotta other problems on your hands because of this one thing. In fact there are a TON of ‘conditions’ people deal with (or even take pills for) that could be all but obliterated if their gut would/could digest their food properly. For a list of some of the conditions look here. When we can’t digest food we don’t get the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals we need to thrive. With bad gut health we merely survive off what meager sources the gut can get.
So what do we do to improve out gut health? Well you could buy expensive, and very likely dead from long shelf life, probiotics from a health food store. You could eat yogurt that’s chock full of sugar which adds to the candida yeast growing in your gut. Or you can make your own fermented foods and drinks (HIGHLY recommended)! Below is a list of some of my favorite recipes for fermented foods and drink.
This is an article that talks about the effect of yucky gut on the skin with a great recipe for Cabbage Rejuvelac. http://tinyurl.com/clmq9mb
Regular Rejuvelac Recipe that I make and put in mine and my families smoothie everyday (Shhh…they don’t know!) This is not my favorite way to add probiotics (because it’s not delicious like sauerkraut or kombucha) but it’s fast and easy to always have on hand. You can’t even taste it in the smoothies…I promise!
You need 1/4 cup quinoa and a Glass Quart Jar and glass pitcher. Pour quinoa in jar and fill with water and soak for at least 2 hours to overnight. Drain water and rinse a couple of times then cover with cheesecloth and let sit for 8 hours or overnight again until the quinoa starts to sprout lil tails. Cover with purified water and pulse in the blender a couple of times to break up the quinoa. Pour back in a glass pitcher and fill with water. Cover and let sit for 2-3 days stirring twice a day with a wooden spoon then refrigerate up to a week. Aim for 1/2 a cup daily.
Kombucha is another personal fave of mine but it’s expensive and takes a LONG time to ferment (sometimes 2 months in cold weather) You can buy it at the store for $2-$3 a bottle (a lil expensive if you drink it everyday) or you can make your own. Here is a website that gives you two options 1 being you obtain a mother mushroom somehow or 2 you make your own from a store bought bottle. When I make my own I make the mother mushroom from a store bought bottle. http://tinyurl.com/chrhx4e
I’m still looking for a good Sauerkraut recipe that doesn’t make my whole house stink. So if you find one please send the recipe my way!
I’ve also heard Kefir is great but haven’t tried it yet. If you have a great recipe lemme know!
Cheers to good gut health!