Fermented Foods

I discovered fermented foods back in 2011 and I can't tell you how wonderful they are.

The importance of your gut flora and its influence on health can't be underestimated. Your gut serves as your second brain and produces more of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which has a beneficial influence on mood, than the brain. It is home to billions of bacteria, good and bad and it is the balance of this that effects your health. Not just physically but mentally and emotionally. Between 80 - 90% of your immune system stems from your gut.

Years ago before the commercialisation of food, each culture had their version of fermented foods, be it yoghurt (of course unpasteurised), sauerkraut, miso, kefir and many others as well. The daily eating of these foods helps to optimise the bacterial population. It is very important to feed these beneficial bacteria with prebiotics so that you nurture them and grow the right ones.

Imagine creating a new town and populating it with babies but no one is caring for them. They will sadly die. Just having more babies isn't the answer because you need to feed and nurture the ones you already have , so they grow and help society. The way to care for them is feed them lots of prebiotics. Click here for a list of the best foods that contain prebiotics.

Now fermented foods are rarely eaten and together with the massive increase in sugar consumption this has greatly compromised our health.

Making your own foods and drinks takes minutes to prepare and then you just leave them on the side in your kitchen for the good bacteria to do all the hard work. Within a week you will have some pretty amazing tasting food and drink.

The foods/drinks I have made have been sauerkraut (fermented vegetables), fermented nut cheese, salad dressing, chutneys, Kefir and Kombucha. All taste delights.