Fermented Foods For Your Gut
Who would have thought that eating fermented foods for your gut, would ever become so popular? Not me. And I certainly wouldn’t have ever entertained the thought either.
But today, in the age of eating foods that are more healthy in general, and knowing or understanding that even eating great food; or fermented foods for your gut could make you feel fuzzy and warm inside? Could this possibly make you do something you wouldn’t have even dreamed of ten years ago?
I want to give you a short list of some extremely healthy foods, these are fermented foods for your gut, with an explanation of what these foods are.
Just know that the fermentation process forms essential bacteria like lactobacilli and bifidobacteria; these are meant to flourish even inside your gut, while making them extremely likeable by our guts.
Since most fermented foods are plant based, these foods are a great source for vegans and most likely vegetarians as well. Since I am neither a vegan or a vegetarian, I will beg forgiveness here if I overstate information that is not accurate about their diets.
Yogurt: as many of you know, yogurt has so many different benefits. It is rich with probiotic content. Certain brands of yogurt will contain billions of live and active cultures which can support our digestion. Some research even shows that this yogurt could benefit your skin as well.
If you are a milk drinker and can handle milk products, the best yogurt will be unpasteurized. But ideally, it is best to skip over any dairy products and get a yogurt that is dairy-free like those made from almond milk or coconut milk.
In any case, always skip anything that has added sugar (sugar would be out-of-the question since it feeds the bad bacteria and this would be unbeneficial to those trying to clean up their digestive tract, gut, and colon) but always pick the full-fat and make sure it contains live and active culture. Try to choose plain also, no fruit or fruit juices added, or in other words, fruit contains sugar. This will assure that you get fermented foods for your gut and no sugar; the sugar which would turn your gut into a place of unrest and state of havoc.
Natto: Contains nattokinase which is a very powerful anti-clotting agent and can protect your heart and brain, it also lowers blood pressure. Amazing work for a supplement within fermented foods for your gut! Remember too that fresh soybeans are best for making this fermented food.
Natto is prepared by fermenting soybeans (which is the only way that soy should be eaten; since we have learned that soybean anything is extremely difficult to digest if it is not fermented). However, when you ferment soybeans, the most beneficial bacteria, bacillus is formed.
Natto is an excellent source of calcium, iron, fiber, and something you may not have heard of, vitamin K2.
K2 is essential for your heart’s health and by keeping the calcium out of our arteries and making sure that it gets the calcium into our bones where calcium is needed.
Calcium has been found to be detrimental to our bodies because without the vitamin K2, it can go into our arteries, it can go into certain organs and can cause them to turn to calcified pieces of arteries and unusable organs.
For instance, I had calcium leach into my shoulders and had to have a very painful surgery to remove calcium that had settled into my rotator cuff and around inside of my shoulders.
I have a place in my kidneys where there is a full pocket of kidney stones (calcification); they will never pass because they are too large to come down through the tubes.
Then the extra calcium they had me take never went into my teeth where it was needed either. I had to have dentures made and all of my teeth pulled after I was over at the Chernobyl area and after they took my thyroid out.
But the calcium that they told me to take? Tums. Doesn’t that sound like a doctor to you? Don’t they realize what the poisons in Tums will do to your insides? They were telling me to take 6 or 7 a day and I did it until my mother found out. She was furious because she apparently knew about vitamin K2 already.
That’s our medical personnel for you…don’t take a chelated vitamin that just might be good for you because it’s got magnesium and vitamin D3 in it. But no, we want you to take 7 Tums and call me next year when your liver and spleen are toxic and by the way, I lost my gallbladder two years ago. Don’t you think that one has to do with the other?
Get smart folks, stop listening to your doctors and do some research on your own. Our doctor’s don’t care if we live or die and the more bad medicine they get us to take, the richer they get because of the kick backs they get from BIG PHARMA! Haven’t you seen the interview of one doctor who told how much they give him when he orders an x-ray completed by the CT Scan or better yet, the MRI which costs hospitals big bucks to run? When doctors order them for their patients he said that the doctor who orders one of those types of x-rays, normally gets a pretty large kick-back from the company who owns the machines.
And on top of everything else, when I had my thyroid removed; its job was to take up the calcium in my body and get the calcium to where it was needed. But without a thyroid, there is nothing to do that job. So I have excess calcium everywhere in my body now; when digested going into my arteries and other places leaving pieces of me calcified because I didn’t know that I should have been using vitamin K2 with the calcium. All during my pregnancies, I took extra calcium so my kids would have healthy teeth and bones as they grew up.
I never knew that calcium had this affect on our bodies, no one ever told me, not even my mum who knew a whole lot about vitamins and supplements. So now I have to stock up on the inside with vitamin K2 to hopefully reduce any damage that has been caused by the FDA, BIG PHARMA, and a couple of specialty docs and a surgeon.
I could go on and on about the doctors who told me that I now had to take extra calcium when they removed my thyroid? I’m sure they knew that I needed vitamin K2 as well, but they conveniently left out that little piece of information so that I would be back for another surgery someday, no doubt. No one ever said a word. They set me up for an early death. At least that is what I think would probably happen when your arteries are calcified and can no longer send blood through them or an organ shrivels up and dies because it’s a piece of calcified meat or muscle.
For all of the reasons that I mentioned above, Natto is my favorite of all fermented foods, since I force myself to eat it now. You may not enjoy this food at first; the taste is something that is acquired. I have a recipe if you feel up to the challenge of making your own natto (obviously best). The soy beans are smothered in a sticky kind of sauce when fermented and read to eat. Once ingested, makes your tummy feel warm and extremely comforted. When your stomach feels this warm fuzzy feeling is when you know that fermented foods for your gut are the greatest things to come along since apple pie.
Kefir: Is something along the same line as yogurt but a little more liquid so you are more apt to drink this instead of using a spoon.
Kefir has been known to reduce irritation you may have in the intestines by preventing toxins and other pathogens from getting into your bloodstream.
Again, if you are a dairy person, just make sure that it’s organic and there is not any refined sugar in it trying to make it taste better for your taste buds. It is another potion that requires an acquired taste. But it is also one of those fermented foods for your gut that you will enjoy the benefits of, once you get that warm and fuzzy feeling in your tummy.
But then again, you can make your own dairy-free kefir. You can get kefir grains online from health food companies who sell them. You can use almond milk or coconut milk to make your own kefir. There are recipes online here.
Kombucha: This is made from water, tea, sugar, yeast, and bacteria. I just started drinking this drink (and enjoying it immensely) this past year. I mean, I love this stuff. Kind of a vinegar taste but really a thirst quencher too.
It has become very popular just recently because of the probiotics in it. It has kind of a carbonated feel to it but does not have the sugar you find in soda pop.
This fermented tea will fight off E. coli and staph bacterias in our digestive tract which could protect us from illness and definitely aids in our digestion.
Sauerkraut: I once saw an old man in a shop, preparing his own version of sauerkraut. It wasn’t a really pleasant site and I decided right then that I would never eat sauerkraut because his nose was running and it was dripping into his kraut. It was the most gross, disgusting thing I had witnessed in much of my life, at that time.
But if you want to make this kind of kraut; to prepare it you should use purified water, salt (Himalayan preferably) cabbage (make sure to purchase organic cabbage so you don’t get any pesticides, herbicides, gmo, etc) and at the end of the process a little bit of heat is used (you don’t want to kill the beneficial microbes; these are the reasons you made this kind of sauerkraut to begin with OR MAYBE YOU JUST LIKE IT?).
The sour taste? It comes from the lacto-fermentation, which is the breakdown of lactose by the probiotic bacteria, which is native to cabbage.
One serving of this sauerkraut will give you a really powerful punch of healthy probiotics tells you that fermented foods for your gut are the best way to fix your digestion. However, even if it’s not broke, just keep eating this fermented food which will keep your digestion problem free.
There is also some research that raw sauerkraut will prevent cancer cells from forming; amazing fact!
I wonder how long the medical community have known about these probiotics? They’re even kind of pretty, don’t you think?
So when purchasing what you need to make this home made fermented version, keep everything I mentioned in mind. Raw organic cabbage, Himalayan salt, hopefully distilled water.
Kimchi: My son and his Taekwondo Dojo and the whole of Oregon Taekwondo membership were all in the same campground when I tried my first “home made Korean kimchi”.
We were on the Oregon coast camping and most of the Masters had some of their family members with them. It seems that Koreans are very big on family which I thought was so wonderful. My son’s younger Master had his mother and father there to help with the cooking for everyone and his mother had a huge glass jar of home made kimchi; this was the first I had ever tasted. Very spicy but it was still a bit crunchy (veges) and definitely fermented.
Since I had never tasted it before, I didn’t know what to expect and when that spicy part bit at my tongue (everyone was staring at me so I couldn’t spit it out) it was a bit too hot for my taste but I got past that spicy hotness and swallowed it. My son’s very handsome Master handed me a bottle of water; I’m sure he knew what I was feeling.
If you have never had kimchi, it is a spicy fermented cabbage kind of like sauerkraut, but it is far more spicy and the home made version that I had contained some carrots, onions and garlic, possibly some celery as well. It was not just cabbage. This Korean family even ate it with their eggs at breakfast.
Kimchi has been extensively researched and is loaded with probiotics. It also contributes to our colon health, lowers cholesterol, initiates better thinking or thought process, and helps with a stronger immune system support, aids us in healthier skin, and assists with weight loss.
Additional research indicates that it is anti-oxidative, anti-aging, and supports our immune properties.
Tempeh: Comes from Indonesia and often used as a meat replacement in vegan recipes. This serving of Tempeh looks pretty good from here.
Traditional tempeh is made from soy beans and yeast starter. It is made with “controlled” fermentation so it’s a huge source of probiotic bacteria. It also is a great source of calcium, iron, and magnesium.
It is known as an Indonesian “cake” which has a nut like flavor and is chewy in texture which is probably why it is used as a replacement for meat in vegan recipes. I would assume that this could also be a vegetarian food as well.
Pickles: Kind of like sauerkraut, RAW fermented cucumbers turn to raw pickles through fermentation processes or lacto-fermentation. Pickles aid our digestion and help us to support a strong immune system.
These fermented cucumbers or “pickles” are probably the best way to introduce fermented foods for your gut to your family and even the smaller children.
Lassi: Indian food or cuisine. Lassi is fermented dairy and has an important role to the Indian cuisine.
Made by combining yogurt and milk (or water) and possibly adding fruit and spices, if you like, to create a probiotic-rich drink. It digests very quickly and helps to restore peace and harmony with friendly gut bacteria and will soothe an irritated colon.
Because this is something that digests quickly, remember to keep something to help you with a low blood sugar popup right with you. I have been in situations when I didn’t expect what I just ate to digest so quickly and didn’t have anything with me to aid a low blood sugar attack and it wasn’t pleasant at all.
Again, as above, unless you are a milk drinker, and this particular holistic doctor does not recommend using conventional dairy from cows either. But if you insist on milk, it is best made from grass-fed, free-range, goats milk because goats milk is easier to digest. But if vegan, or just because you prefer a non-dairy, then make it with organic coconut yogurt or almond milk yogurt.
With all of the inference about using organic coconut milk or yogurt, almond milk or yogurt, or even grass-fed, free-range, goats milk, in the paragraphs above, I wanted to give you an explanation, if I could find one. I think I have found that reason and you can read about why this holistic doctor believes that we should not drink cows milk right here.
There are nine fermented (probiotic) foods above. Probiotic foods may help to restore balance in our intestines. Eating these fermented foods for your gut is not the only way to help support digestion, there are other helpers along the way.
Inulin: Probiotics or foods that contain inulin, will help to sustain current gut bacteria if you provide them with the foods that they will need in order for them to grow.
There are so many probiotics out there today, how do you know if you are getting a good one? I was at Costco and asked the pharmacist about a well known probiotic that they stocked in their pharmacy.
My question was “I thought that probiotics had to be in a different state or form in order for them to be effective”? The particular probiotic I was asking about was in a compressed, compact, pill form.
The pharmacist smiled and said “yes, normally they come in capsule and, in some stores, just depending upon the store and whether they have a nutritionist who knows their vitamins and minerals and such, you might find them in a refrigerated atmosphere, but that is not always necessary.” It sounded to me like he was giving me advice between the lines.
He came out from behind the counter and continued which kind of got me concerned but then I determined that he didn’t want to yell this at me in the middle of a Costco pharmacy! Smart, very smart!
He said “The best way to purchase them is from a holistic doctor online which can be a bit expensive or an online type of pharmacy that deals with vitamins and minerals, supplements, etc.; you’ll most likely get the best deal in that manner. Then make sure that you check to see the number of different strains and try to make sure that it will contain a prebiotic so you are not having to purchase a separate supplement”.
So there you have it folks!
Are you already eating certain probiotic foods? If so, what do you eat and what are your reasons? Do you have any special tips that you can share with us? How about any special recipes that might be a favorite of yours? We’re always looking for new ways to cook something yummy and the same old routine gets old.
I have used some of the concepts and ideas that my hero, Dr. Group used in his article written in 2015. If you want to get to know him,
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