WHAT ARE FERMENTED FOODS?
Fermented foods are often referred to as ‘probiotic’ foods or ‘cultured’ foods. But the truth is, not all fermented foods have probiotics, and while fermented foods are cultured, not all cultured foods are fermented. For example, wine and beer are fermented, but they are not a good source of probiotics. And cultured meats are not fermented. Yup…it’s a bit confusing. Don’t worry; in this guide, I will explain the exact fermented foods to buy to boost your gut health.
THE BENEFITS OF FERMENTED FOODS
- Fermented foods improve immune function: 80% of the immune system is found in the gut. Fermented foods deliver good bacteria to the gut that communicate with the immune system and boost its functions.
- Fermented foods help with detoxification: Bacteria in fermented foods help to cleanse the body of toxic metals like lead and cadmium.
- Fermented foods help to balance digestion: Fermented foods have microbes in them that introduce good bacteria in the gut. These lead to the release of enzymes to support their functions, providing relief for most digestive issues.
- Fermented foods boost energy levels: When good bacteria colonize the gut, they increase the presence of minerals and vitamins that the body needs. These are a great source of internal energy.
- Fermented foods lead to stronger overall systemic health: They can help overcome issues like fungal and yeast infections in the gut, such as candida overgrowth.
- Fermented foods also boost mental health: Beneficial gut bacteria help relieve brain fog, anxiety, depression, and mood swings.