Processed food have altered our diets and we are now witnessing their effects through chronic health problems. In the past many fermented vegetables helped to maintain a balance in our intestinal microbes. Fermented vegetables can get ride of a wide variety of toxins, including heavy metals.
Types of Fermented Vegetables
- Lassi – An Indian yogurt drink, traditionally enjoyed before dinner
- Various pickled fermentations of pickled cabbage, sauerkraut, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash, and carrots
- Traditionally fermented raw milk such as kefir or yogurt, but NOT commercial versions, which typically do not have live cultures and are loaded with sugars that feed pathogenic bacteria
- Natto (fermented soy)
Don’t use pasteurized versions of fermented foods because the pasteurization destroys the probiotics. Most yogurts at the grocery store are pasteurized. Many store bought yogurts contain sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial color and sweeteners. All of which aren’t good for you.
Start Small with Fermented Vegetables and Build
Add as little as a half tablespoon of fermented vegetables to each meal and work yourself up to 2-4 ounces each meal going forward. Since fermented vegetables are detoxifiers, you can experience detox symptoms as your body tries to release toxins. You could feel under the weather because you have all of this junk traveling throughout your body to find it’s way out. So start slow and build.
Making Your Own Fermented Vegetables
Making fermented vegetables is easy and the best way to get high levels of probiotics into your diet. Supplements can also be beneficial. There are many articles on the internet and cook books to help you begin to ferment your own vegetables. Checkout this wikihow article about fermenting vegetables. One tip we can give you is that it’s great to use native bacteria on cabbage and other vegetables but it can be easier to get consistent results by using a starter culture.
Conclusion About Probiotics
Your primary immune defense, brain, and gut all work together. It just makes sense to keep your gut in good shape since it contains the majority of your immune system! Your gut and brain are made of the same types of tissue and work together, each influencing the other. Have you every got grumpy when you are hungry? Neurological disorders including ADHD and autism and gastrointestinal dysfunction are related. Many autistic children will see improvement when they follow a strict gluten-free diet. Take care of your gut and you’ll help yourself to be more healthy physically and mentally.
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