Examples of these foods and beverages include raw fermented sauerkraut, cultured vegetables, kimchi, yogurt, kefir and kombucha.
Eating raw, traditionally fermented foods offers these added benefits:
1. Healthy immune system: Fermented foods are loaded with probiotics which are necessary for healthy gut flora. Eighty percent of your immune system is located in the digestive tract so building this up is one key to fighting off illnesses and diseases.
2. Important nutrients: Some fermented foods are excellent sources of essential nutrients such as vitamin K2 which is important for preventing arterial plaque buildup and heart disease. Fermented foods are also rich in B vitamins.
3. Detoxification: Fermented foods provide beneficial bacteria that are highly potent detoxifiers which draw out toxin and heavy metals from our bodies.
4. The most bang for your buck: Fermented foods usually contain many more times the amount of probiotics than found in a supplement. Eating just a small portion of fermented foods with each meal is very cost effective. Treat the fermented foods like a condiment, add a tablespoon or two to your plate at each meal to reap the many benefits. You will want to consume a variety of fermented and cultured foods to give you a range of different kinds of beneficial microorganisms.
The Lamb Shoppe carries the following fermented foods:
- Amasai (Beyond Organic Product)
- Suero Viv – a Cultured Whey Drink (Beyond Organic Product)
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil
- Herbal Terrain (Beyond Organic Product)
Consuming foods prepared by lactic acid fermentation is like taking a probiotic supplement, only better. All you need is a little with each meal. These cultured foods are both delicious and easy to learn how to make. The Lamb Shoppe owner, Connie Karstens, teaches classes and workshops on this lost art. Deeply researching this topic and with extensive hands-on work, she wrote her thesis for her Master’s degree and designed an amazing educational series on the subject. To learn more about the health benefits of cultured foods view this page.