Fermented foods are a great way to reintroduce ‘good’ bacteria into your gut. You may be putting trillions of probiotics into your body. So start with one teaspoon, as the 'die off' reactions may be quite big if you introduce too many probiotics at once. Gradually build up until you are having fermented foods with most of your meals. People have been using various fermented foods in cultures across the globe, it fell out of favour in the west but is now making a huge revival.
Fermented foods may benefit us:
- To digest foods
- Control yeast overgrowth
- Balance gut flora
- Absorb nutrients easier
- Break down proteins
- Alkalise the body
- Boost the immune system
- Rebuild tissue
- Synthesise B vitamins
- Repopulate the gut with 'good' bacteria
There is a lot of emerging evidence about the gut microbiome and its possible influence on the whole of the being from immunity, energy, inflammation, depression, to autism. So a good way to begin self healing may be to start with the microbes in your gut.
There are a variety of fermented foods to choose from, depending on your taste, that can be easily made at home, here are just a few suggestions: