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Top 10 Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

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When you think about bacteria, the first image that comes to mind is probably not delicious. When it comes to your food, however, fermented foods supply the stomach with probiotics, which balance the good bacteria in your body and promote vibrant, balance health.

The following are wonderful sources of fermented foods, which provide the body with multiple health and digestive benefits. Try adding at least one of these to your diet at least 5 times a week:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchee
  • Pickles
  • Kombucha
  • Vinegar

Unless you already consume these foods on a regular basis, you may wonder what makes them an essential piece of the health puzzle. In answer to those thoughts, these are the ‘Top 10 Health Benefits of Fermented Foods’:                                                                                       Fermented_feature

  1. Supports weight loss
  2. Increase in energy levels
  3. Healthy digestive functions
  4. Reduce sugar cravings
  5. Improve liver function
  6. Boost immune system
  7. Glowing Skin
  8. Protect the body from colon cancer
  9. Remove toxins from the body
  10. Improve the body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals

In a nutshell, fermented foods are rich in digestive enzymes, enhance the flavor of food, and restore balance to the body. Who knew that bacteria could be so beneficial?!

For those of you wanting to experiment with home-made fermented food instead of store-bought, here’s a tasty fermented cabbage recipe to play with:

Fermented Cabbagesauerkraut-ingredients

Ingredients:

6 lb. celery or cabbage (cabbage preferred)
3 tbsp. salt
1/2 medium onion chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. ginger powder
1 tsp. dried ground chili pepper

Instructions:

Shred cabbage in 1 inch strips. Mix with half the salt. Let stand 30 minutes. Rinse and drain. Mix the onions, garlic, ginger, chili pepper, and the rest of salt. Add cabbage and mix well. Pack into a crock or glass jar. Add enough cold water to cover the vegetables, cover container and set aside in cool place 5 days. Taste after 5 days to see if vegetables are pickled. If not, let stand 2 more days. Chill and serve.

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Author: eat.clean.health.

Jodi Geigle is a board certified nutrition and wellness professional highly experienced in nutrition counseling, wellness program creation, effective client behavior modification, corporate wellness and large scale team leadership with an emphasis in operations, technology and start up culture. Jodi has been featured in Women's Running, Active.com and MindBodyGreen.

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