Many experts on the leading edge of health would say that since the implementation of the first USDA Food Guide in the early part of the 20th century, things have went drastically awry. Human health is more than just picking from a few categories of food. We have thousands of years of documented history, and the idea of a food pyramid is a new invention, and we need to understand this to embrace true health and longevity.
There is a forgotten food group that was CRITICAL to the lives of our ancestors. Yet, today it’s something that we rarely, if ever, hear anything about. This food group provides essential minerals and trace minerals, rare B vitamins, protection against cancer, and important probiotics that fortify our immune system.
You are what you eat can be redefined as, “You are what you metabolize,” and fermented foods are critical for creating the right environment in your gut for true health. This is the same today, just as it was for your ancestors.
Every well-documented culture in history incorporated the use of some type of fermented food or beverage. For example, the Korean fermented dish known as kimchi has been referenced in text as long as 3000 years ago!
Here are some of the benefits of incorporating Friendly Ferments into your daily health practice:
*Provides an abundant source of enzymes (catalyst that drive all of your body’s functions)
*Increases absorption of nutrients
*Provide the body with higher levels of vitamins (like Vitamin C and riboflavin) than most other foods
*Provides a wide array of probiotics
*Builds immune system health
*Regulates appetite (excellent for weight management)
Incorporating fermented foods and beverages is so important because it’s one of the only true LIVE food sources that we have available to us. Even if people are eating more raw foods, there’s a big difference between a handful of almonds and a small bowl of kimchi. The kimchi is enzymatically active and LOADED with healthy flora, while the raw almond needs to be sprouted and germinated and it still only has a fraction of the life-force found in a serving of fermented food.
Taking probiotics is an increasingly popular health practice, and it’s definitely valuable in some cases. The benefit that fermented foods have over taking probiotic supplements is that it has the probiotics AND the prebiotics (the substrate that the bacteria was grown on) which gives you a whole food source of healthy bacteria.
Here are some of the best sources for incorporating friendly ferments into your life:
*Raw milk kefir
*Rejuvelac (fermented grain beverage)
*Organic red wine (yes, it actually had a point when it was first invented)
*Raw apple cider
*Raw apple cider vinegar
*Fermented cacao (chocolate) beans
*Traditionally prepared pickles
What’s your favorite fermented food? Let me know in the comments section below.