Healing with Fermented Foods

sauerkraut

Are you irregular? Having bloating + bad digestion? Catch every cold your kid brings home?

Roughly 70-80% of our immune system resides in the gut. Did you know that most diseases are actually caused by inflammation in the gut? And NOT going out in the snow without a jacket?! Mind blown.

Heal your gut, heal your life. Our digestion is such an integral part of our bodies. If you are constantly eating a high processed diet of foods made in a laboratory, it is safe to say that your gut flora is toxic and that you probably feel and maybe even look like shit. The body doesn't know what to do with these foreign chemicals known as a big mac and as it tries to get rid of them, our immunity suffers, the brain becomes toxic, and diseases develop. You see, it's not just about excess calories and saturated fat when it comes to processed foods. They really do wreck havoc on our bodies in ways we can't imagine.

So how do we heal our guts and improve our immunity? There are several diets that are really good for healing long term damage in the gut. The GAPS diet and the Body Ecology Diet are two of the best that I have found. You can read up on these diets if you have a very bad imbalance  (really interesting stuff) or you can start small, today, by increasing the good bacteria in your body. Probiotics baby! These are excellent for healing gut flora and they can be relatively easy to find for you and the kids. They also help with your digestion, reducing bloat, + making you regular.

  • Yogurts (make sure they have good bacteria)
  • Probiotic supplements
  • fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha)
  • Coconut or water kefirs

 

Fermented veggies are best for absorbing the microbes right into the gut (the part of your body that actually needs it).

When choosing probiotics, make sure the bacteria is in the BILLIONS, just like my bank account, BILLIONS! Those high in lactobacillus + bifidobacterium are good choices.

Start with small doses and see how you do, especially coming off antibiotics (which gets rid of good and bad bacteria). Here is a great one: