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5 Fermented Foods and Drinks to Boost Digestion and Health

Boost digestion with these fermented foods

When it comes to boosting gut health and digestion, there are some simple things that you can do.  One of these is include some fermented foods in your diet!

What are fermented foods?

It’s no wonder that people are getting fanatical about fermenting.  Fermented foods are foods and drinks which have undergone an anaerobic process which in microorganisms break down certain food components (such as glucose) into other products (like organic acids or alcohol).  Fermented foods don’t sound the most appetising but I can assure you that they are full of health benefits!

Popular fermented foods include:

  • Miso
  • Sauerkraut
  • Tempeh
  • Kimchi
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Sourdough 
  • And many more

Fermented foods often contain additional health benefits to their original form.  And this is mainly down to the fact that they contain probiotics.

So, what are probiotics?

In very simple terms, probiotics are gut friendly bacteria.  Probiotics are live microorganisms that benefit the body.  They play a variety of roles, from helping to digest food, to supporting our immune system and mental health. 

What are the benefits of fermented foods?

Due to the probiotic qualities of fermented foods, they have many many benefits!  Let’s list some of the benefits that studies have found out here:

  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and inflammation
  • Improved mood and mental health
  • Increased bone health and recovery after exercise
  • Improved gut health 

So by taking care of your gut, and adding in some fermented foods to your diet, it will help to look after you!

I recommend adding the following to your diet to Boost Digestion and Health:

  1. Kombucha – Kombucha is fermented tea. Studies have found that it can help to protect the liver, decrease blood sugar, and reduce levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.  Check out our full range of kombucha here.
  2. Apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar, or cider vinegar, is a vinegar made from fermented apple juice, and used in salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, food preservatives, and chutneys. Check out our full range of ACV here.
  3. Kimchi – Kimchi is made from fermented vegetables such as cabbage or radishes. Studies have found that it may help reduce insulin resistance and blood cholesterol.
  4. Kefir – Kefir is a fermented dairy product that may improve lactose digestion, decrease inflammation, and boost bone health.
  5. Pickles – Pickles are vegetables that have been pickled in a brine, vinegar, or other solution and left to ferment for a period of time.  We have a delicious, quick and easy pickle recipe for you to try here.

Yours truly,

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