What’s the fuss about fermented foods?

e81bd5e8e7c92f6e0e47926c173ec7a7Little tip from me, it might be worth holding your nose before embracing the latest nutrition craze – fermented foods!

Thanks to their ability to boost gut health, immunity and even improve skin, top nutritionists and health foodies are singing the praises of kimchi, kombutcha, sauerkraut and pickles.

It’s all about the good bacteria fermented foods contain.

In our overly sterilized society, lots of us have an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in our guts and as the gut is the largest part of our immune system, this can have a huge impact on our overall health.

How can good bacteria help my skin?

So many skin conditions are linked to the immune system – which is why if you’re run down or stressed you’re more likely to have an eczema, urticaria or acne flare-up.

Imbalances in the gut can suppress the immune system – so swinging the pendulum back in the right direction by boosting your good bacteria levels can help prevent these flares.

Probiotic powerhouses like fermented foods can also help ease digestion and alleviate the symptoms of conditions like IBS and leaky gut.

What the foodies say

Fermenting foods is a traditional process that is surprisingly simple. For example, sauerkraut only has two ingredients – cabbage and salt, so it’s not only easy, it’s also cheaper than splashing out on a probiotic.

Nutritional coach Madeleine Shaw is a huge fan and recommends stirring sauerkraut into salads and soups to help reduce bloating after eating.

Chef Gizzi Erskine is also well known for her love of kimchi, a spicy and slightly sour dish of fermented napa cabbage, radish, cucumber and spices, popular in South Korea.

Are fermented foods something you try and incorporate into your diet? Would love to hear your recipes!

  • http://best-acne-pill.com/cystic-acne-breakouts-causes-and-treatments/ Melody Gramer

    Oh man I love sauerkraut, I think it is delicious! I don’t eat it as much as I should to help my skin but I do take a greens supplement probiotic every day which contains vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and fiber which are all necessary for preventing skin issues like acne or rosacea.

  • Anonymous

    This is such good news. I adore sauerkraut, pickles and kimchi but now I have an excuse to eat more! So easy to make your own with japanese vinegar and some kilner jars.