Have you ever felt tired and groggy after having a meal? But, eating fermented foods will not result in these symptoms. The consumption of fermented foods can improve your mood and make you feel more energetic.
What Are Fermented Foods?
The regular consumption of fermented foods can stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria, like Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. Beneficial bacteria are responsible for breaking down starches, sugars and lactose in small food particles. So, your body can digest these foods more easily.
Furthermore, these bacteria can help protect against harmful bacteria such as C. difficile and E. coli. These beneficial bacteria make foods like kimchi and sauerkraut gut-friendly.
Here Are Other Kinds of Fermented Foods:
- Raw pickles
What Are Probiotics?
Beneficial bacteria are also known as probiotics. They help pass food through your gut and prevent various digestive issues such as diarrhea; IBS or irritable bowel syndrome; and IBD or inflammatory bowel disease. You have actually many different kinds of bacteria that live in your digestive tract that help your body break down food as well as absorb nutrients.
But, the beneficial bacteria in your intestines can get destroyed. For instance, the long-term use of antibiotics can destroy the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Therefore, you need other sources of beneficial bacteria, such as probiotics to make up for the loss.
Not only they can treat many digestive problems, but probiotics can also help improve vaginal and oral health; treat a few skin conditions such as eczema; and prevent allergies.
That’s not all, eating foods rich in probiotics can help boost your immune system and promote weight loss.
You can add probiotics to your diet by making this simple sauerkraut recipe.
DIY Sauerkraut Recipe
Total Time: 1 month
Serves: Makes one gallon
- 1 tbsp. of caraway seeds
- 2 tbsp. of pickling salt or sea salt
- 5 pounds of shredded cabbage
- Combine the caraway seeds, salt and cabbage in a large bowl and allow it to stand for about 10 minutes.
- Next, transfer it into a large glass food container and then top with an onion cut into 4 equal parts to fit inside the container.
- Then, cover it by using a paper towel. You should use a rubber band to secure it.
- Keep it in a cool and dark place overnight. Make sure your sauerkraut is submerged in the liquid. It is recommended to check it every other day within a period of 15 days and skim off of any scum that forms on the surface.
- Leave it to stand for about 1 month. You can keep it in an airtight container in your refrigerator for about 6 months.