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Fix a Leaky Gut | Boosting Your Gut Bacteria with Fermented Foods – Thomas DeLauer
3 Reasons to Ferment Your Veggies
1. Mental Health
-Depression and other mental health disorders have been increasing, and this increase appears to be at least partly due to diet. (2)
-One study over five years found that children of mothers who had unhealthy diets, including those with processed and sugary foods, during and following pregnancy experienced higher risks of emotional and behavioral problems. (2)
-It has been shown that beneficial microbes within our bodies can have a positive impact on energy and mood, being linked with lower depression and improved mood. (2)
-Probiotics have been linked to decreased anxiety and stress and improved mood. (2)
-Fermented foods are full of probiotics that help feed our gut microbiome. (2)
2. Nutrition Content
-Fermented foods positively influence the nutritional content and absorption of the foods
-Omega-3 fatty acid profile has been shown to increase with fermentation, as well as protein quality and ability to absorb protein.
-Increases bioavailability of zinc, magnesium, vitamin K2 and vitamin B. These help your mood, bone strength and heart health.
-Preserves polyphenolic compounds and vitamin C
-Inflammation is linked to many health concerns, including digestive problems and obesity.
-When we consume sugary and processed foods, bacteria in our guts release endotoxins, which lead to leaky gut syndrome.
-Inflammation in our digestive tract and all around our bodies comes from the release of particles from the gut into the bloodstream.
-Avoiding sugary foods and helping the health of your gut bacteria are ways to avoid this health spiral.
-Probiotics from fermented veggies can help us to maintain a healthy microbiome, leading to less inflammation throughout the body.
How to Ferment Your Own Vegetables
1. Use a mason jar – this will make it easy to store and reduce any problems associated with using a crock pot, such as excess yeast.
2. You will need to shred or chop your veggies.
3. Use celery juice as a brine. This naturally contains sodium, so you do not need to add sea salt.
4. Combine your veggies, brine and either whey, a starter culture or starter powder into the jar. Make sure veggies are completely covered with brine.
5. Make sure there are no air bubbles, seal and store in a warm, moist place for 24 – 96 hours.
6. When complete, store in the fridge
1. Introduce fermented vegetables slowly, starting at one teaspoon per meal and working up to ¼ to ½ cup of them per meal
2. Research online for recipes and ideal culture times for different foods.
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