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Fermented Food for Gut Health

There are 100 trillion or so bacteria and microorganisms that live in your digestive tract. Why???

To help strengthen your gut microbiome.

Foods are preserved, making them fermented, using an age-old process that not only boosts the food’s shelf life and nutritional value, but can give your body a dose of healthy probiotics, which according to Dr. David S. Ludwig, a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, are living microorganisms crucial to healthy digestion.

Not all fermented foods are created equal however. Foods that give your body beneficial live cultures (put my blog link in here) are those fermented using natural processes and containing probiotics. Those live cultures are found not only in delicious yogurt and a yogurt-like drink called kefir, but also in Korean pickled vegetables called kimchi, sauerkraut, and in some pickles. To ensure you are purchasing and eating live fermented foods you will need to read the label and look for the words “naturally fermented” or “raw” for kimchi. The sign you have chosen the right product is the little bubbles found in the liquid which are a signal there are living organisms inside the jar.

Here’s an easy recipe I have made and loved from the one and only Alton Brown from Food Network.

What is your favorite gut health food?

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