August 24, 2017 · Written by Foodtolive Team

Why You Need to Get More Fermented Foods in Your Diet

Throughout time, fermented foods have been a way for different cultures to support health and preserve food as well. In ancient Rome, sauerkraut was a favorite food both for its flavor and its health benefits. Lassi, a fermented yogurt, was a common favorite beverage in ancient India, much like our yogurt beverages today – or kefir, and fermented foods like natto and Kim Chi and other fermented vegetable dishes have long been favored in Asian cultures of all kinds.

Today, fermented vegetables offer a tasty way for us to maintain healthy bacteria in the gut, to get super vitamins, like K2, and to heal leaky gut as well.

Plus, they spice up the diet with tangy, pungent flavors. If you don’t think so, try Kim Chi. If you love spicy Indian or Mexican foods, you’ll love this Korean staple.

Here are four great reasons to start getting more fermented foods in your diet this week!

 

Fermented foods are rich in nutrients

1. Fermented foods are rich in nutrients

For vegetarians, it’s often hard to get enough protein in the diet. You really have to work at strategically getting enough nuts, seeds, and legumes in the diet every day to get enough protein, especially if you’re a vegan. Fermented whey protein powder can be a great way to make smoothies and blends that are packed with protein and nourish the gut as well. Other fermented foods like natto are packed with K2, while fermented vegetables such as cabbage are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, the B vitamins, and minerals such as magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, and manganese.

 

They are wonderful for the gut in all kinds of ways

2. They are wonderful for the gut in all kinds of ways

Fermented foods have all kinds of probiotic benefits. Most of all, they help us to keep a healthy balance between the bad and good bacteria in the gut. They also feed the healthy bacteria, which line the gut and protect us from leaky gut syndrome and gut tears and punctures. They are also great for helping us regulate stomach acid. In fact, while most people think heartburn is caused by too much stomach acid, it’s actually caused by a lack of HCL in the gut. So, fermented foods can help you produce the right acids in the gut—which is important because, without healthy stomach acids, you cannot digest foods properly nor absorb all the nutrients in them. Fermented foods are also good for helping the gut to destroy more harmful, pathogenic bacteria as well, protecting you from infection such as E. coli and clostridium difficile, which can cause severe inflammation in the intestinal tract.

 

They super stoke your Immune system

3. They super stoke your Immune system

Fermented foods are the ally of our immune system. You might not know this, but 90% of our immune system lies in the gut. Probiotic foods like fermented foods help you maintain optimal health in the gut, which means a healthy immune system for you.

 

Fermented foods help save you money—big time

4. Fermented foods help save you money—big time

A healthy, organic diet can often be an expensive diet, as any shopper who goes to whole food stores will tell you. But fermenting foods is one of the most economical ideas for vegetarians there is. All it takes to ferment your own vegetables so you can enjoy them all year is some good sea salt and apple cider vinegar and you can jar or can your own foods to last you through the winter. Not only that, but there’s no need to purchase expensive probiotic supplement if you’re eating your probiotics, which will save you a lot of money, indeed.

 

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5. Fermented foods can help you K.O sugar, once and for all

If you’ve struggled to give up sugar, and have failed, you might have found your new best friend in fermented vegetables. Not having the right balance of bacteria in the gut can cause food cravings, especially for sugar. Many health bloggers that have quit sugar claim foods like pickles, sauerkraut, and kim chi can help you give up sugar once and for all and make the break-up much less painful and torturous as well. It’s how I gave up refined sugar once and for all – pickles for snack and whey protein powder drinks with fruits like blueberries to help me make that break with sweet taste!

Fermented foods are a wise and highly affordable way to add tons of minerals, nutrients, protein, and healthy probiotics to a vegetarian or vegan diet, fortifying the gut and immune system and helping you avoid disease and bacterial pathogens of all kinds.