Do you eat fermented foods? Well you should be adding them to your diet! Haven’t you heard how awesome they are for you?? Today I wanted to talk all about beneficial bacteria – They completely change your brain activity and that’s not the only benefit.
“90% of our serotonin (the neurotransmitter that makes us happy) is located in our gut!” Organic Olivia, 10 Reasons to eat fermented foods
Other benefits of probiotics include aid in digestion, reduces toxic burden, helps with heart burn, boosts immunity, aids in weight loss, boosts your mood and helps with your focus.
In ancient cultures everybody ate fermented foods such as kimchi, miso and kefir – I’m on the hunt for kombucha, where can you find some in Greece?!
Okay back to the point. Fermented foods. If you’re not keen on yogurt, bored of it, or looking for a vegan alternative, I’ve got you covered.
Everyone knows the Japanese traditional soup. Urgh…I love it. I’ve bought a paste and have started adding it to soups and salad dressings, though it can be used it almost anything (stir-fries and even smoothies).
Cultured Coconut Milk Yogurt
Yup, you heard that right! This is made by adding live active cultures to coconut milk and fermented until it’s loaded with probiotics.
This is a naturally fizzy tea created from black tea, natural sugars, bacteria and yeast. This stuff is usually available in yummy fruit flavors.
My mother back home usually cooks this, and my sister is in love with this stuff. It’s made from soybeans and has a nutty flavor. Not only a good source of probiotics but it contains all the essential amino acids, making it a great protein source for vegans.
Okay so I didn’t know and just found out that people are now fermenting condiments such as ketchup and mustard – What?! Hell yes. A bit late to the party but better late than never. I seriously want to try this out. Check out BAO Raw K’Chup or Cultures for Health for cultured condiments recipes you can actually make by yourself.
When we ferment food, we are basically breaking down their fiber structure. This makes them more mineral-rich and nutritionally dense. Fermented foods are full of probiotics a.k.a good bacteria, vitamin B and omega-3 fatty acids. Natural fermentation also preserves food and makes it more digestible. There is so much research which connects a balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut, to your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
“The gut is the largest part of our immune system,” explains Drew Ramsey, MD, author of The Happiness Diet and 50 Shades of Kale. “Sugar and refined carbohydrates cause damage, while fermented foods heal.”
Do you guys like fermented foods? Tell me your favorites on the comment section below!