It is estimated that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut. Probiotics play a crucial role in the development and operation of the mucosal immune system in your digestive tract, and aid in the production of antibodies. Probiotics, vitamin K2 and B vitamins are found in many fermented foods. Fermented foods are also some of the best detoxification agents around, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins and heavy metals.
It is ideal to include a variety of fermented foods and beverages in your diet, because each food will inoculate your gut with a mix of different microorganisms. There are many fermented foods you can easily make at home, including:
– Cultured vegetables
– Tempeh, miso, saurkraut, chutney
– Cultured dairy, such as yogurt, kefir, and sour cream
– Kombucha tea
The correct use of these can help with digestive function, stomach upsets, energy levels,
bloating, reflux, detoxification, general health and well being.
Remember there are differences within commercially available fermented foods as not all are healthy and others are very limited in their benefits. Beware of some “probiotic” yogurts. Many that are found in the grocery are not recommended by health experts. These include being pasteurised, contain added sugars, dyes, and artificial sweeteners, which can be detrimental to your health.