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8 Must-Eat Fermented Foods

Whether you’re a vegetarian or a vegan or just want to eat healthier and more nutritious food, you’ll also find that fermented foods can be a real treat! From the obvious (just to soothe those who might be new to the topic) to the exotic – here are eight must-eat fermented delicacies. Read more »

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Why You Should Add Fermented Foods to Your Weight Loss Program

Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard for many of us to lose weight?

You might say that you think something is wrong with your metabolism, and there’s a good chance you’re on the right track. But how did your metabolism get into this state in the first place, and how can fermented foods help to get it back on track? Read more »

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Fermented Foods and Rosacea: The Gut-Skin Connection

If you suffer from Rosacea, a skin condition that causes redness and the development of pus-filled bumps on the skin, you might have come to believe that it’s just something you have to live with. Good news! You don’t have to live with Rosacea any more. Balancing your gut flora by eating foods rich in probiotics may signal the end of your rosacea woes.

The gut-brain-skin axis

If you’re eating a lot of processed foods or are suffering from stress, your digestion slows down and the good bacteria in your gut begin to die off. This creates an opportunity for bad bacteria to take over, creating an imbalance in your gut. Your stomach lining replaces itself every day, but in an unhealthy gut with the wrong pH and the wrong combination of microbes, the stomach lining begins to thin, eventually resulting in ‘leaky gut syndrome’. Toxins that would not normally be able to pass through the stomach lining now enter the bloodstream causing a variety of inflammatory conditions including outbreaks of Rosacea.

Treating rosacea

Most dermatologist prescribe rosacea creams to clear up the condition, and some of them even include probiotics that can be applied externally, but what you really need to do is to get down to the root cause of the problem. Eliminate the cause and you can eliminate the symptoms of rosacea once and for all.

A scientific study conducted in Korea tested the effect of probiotics on rosacea in 56 patients and found that their acne lesions were significantly reduced and their skin became less oily over a 12 week period.

In Italy, rosacea patients were given a topical treatment and probiotics and the result was compared to a group that used topical treatments only. There was a significantly greater improvement in those patients who took probiotics.

Of course, you could use probiotics you buy at the pharmacy, but you’ll get a much bigger dose of probiotics every time you eat fermented food. The natural way of doing things is very often the best possible way!

What the American Academy of Dermatology advises

Members of the AAD are excited by the new evidence that getting a good balance of healthy bacteria in your stomach can cure or reduce rosacea. No specific new medications are registered for this purpose yet. In the meantime, the organization recommends that we include plenty of foods with live active cultures in our diets and combine this strategy with rosacea creams.

The link between rosacea and your gut flora is being investigated more closely, and it is believed that probiotic foods may well have a role to play in the treatment of acne and eczema.

Conclusion

It seems as if every day, more and more studies and discoveries are showing how important healthy gut flora are to our health. Modern lifestyles adversely affect our inner ecosystem of bacteria, and the best way to restore the balance is by eating fermented foods. To help your body restore this balance, avoid processed foods and try to reduce your stress levels!

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Fermented Food for Beginners

Eating fermented food might sound really gross, but many foods that we enjoy on a daily basis are actually fermented. However, most of these are pasteurized, and as a result they have lost most of their goodness. For example, we eat yoghurt without flinching, but yoghurt is really just fermented milk! Many delicacies from around the world are based on the principle of fermentation. Nowadays we have refrigeration to keep food fresh, so why should we use fermentation?

Scientists are discovering that fermented foods are a nutritional power house, but the good bacteria that drive the fermentation process have to be kept alive or we lose the benefits. That means making your own fermented food at home is the only option!

Lactic Acid Fermentation

In lactic acid fermentation, starch and sugar are transformed into lactic acid by ‘good’ bacteria. What are the benefits in this? Let’s take a look.

1) Your nutrients become more digestible

Many complex molecules are too big to be absorbed, fermentation breaks them down into a more absorbable format. For example, many people are lactose intolerant, but the same people are able to enjoy foods rich in lactic acid – the broken down form of lactose. Many proteins are too complex for the human body to utilize, but when they are broken down into their component amino acids, they become both useful and healthful.

2) Fermentation produces new nutrients

This is particularly true of vitamin B nutrients such as folic acid, riboflavin and thiamine. Vitamin B is a major source of vitality and health. Have you ever had a vitamin B shot when your system is feeling low? It’s like getting a shot of instant energy!

3) The products of fermentation are antioxidants

You know the theory: our metabolic processes cause oxidation which produces toxins. These will accelerate aging and impair our metabolism – but antioxidants clear up the toxins helping our systems to function more efficiently.

4) Fermentation removes certain toxins from food

An example of this is the presence of phytic acid, particularly in grains. This compound impairs the absorption of important minerals from food. Fermentation destroys phytic acid making these nutrients available.

5) Probiotics promote intestinal health

Your intestines need to have a healthy population of lactobacillus bacteria in order to keep your digestive system in good health. Guess where you can get the full selection of flora for intestinal health? Fermented foods have all the good flora you need for digestive health.

6) Get more nutrition for your money

What if you could make ordinary foods more nutritious? Fermentation does exactly that! Everyone benefits, and you get to save on supplements!

7) It tastes great!

Make traditional delicacies at home. If you thought yoghurt tasted nice, you’ll find that fermentation opens up new culinary horizons. Taste real, unpasteurized sour pickles, real sauerkraut and exotic delicacies like Moroccan preserved lemons. It’s all about getting fermentation exactly right, and its easier than you might think!

So what are you waiting for?

Fermented foods add a new dimension to healthy eating – and they taste great! It’s time to get back to your roots. Fermented foods aren’t’ just healthy, they’re delicious!

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An Easy Guide to Fermenting Vegetables

Getting all the health benefits of fermented or cultured vegetables doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune at the delicatessen. Try fermenting your own vegetables at home. Here are some of the basics: Read more »

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An Easy Guide to Sprouting for Beginners

If you choose to buy a seed sprouter, it will come with its own instructions, but you can sprout seeds at home using very basic equipment.

You will need a glass jar – a quart size works well. You will also need a mesh or gauze cover for the jar that will allow you to drain water off your seeds without losing them in the process. You need to be able to drain your seeds thoroughly so that they do not ‘drown’ and die off. Read more »

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What is Sprouting and What Can You Sprout?

Dried seeds and grains don’t contain all the nutrition your body needs, but when they are sprouted, something magical happens! Suddenly, you’ve got a super-food that can work wonders for your overall health.

A word of caution: you can’t sprout just anything. Just because you eat the fruit or the root of a plant doesn’t mean that the sprouts can’t be poisonous! Let’s take a closer look at sprouting and sprouts. Read more »

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