Fermented Foods: This Is Why You Need Them

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Fermentation is an age-old process used to preserve foods and keep them edible for longer, which was mostly used before the presence of electricity and canned foods. Recently though, fermented foods have also displayed properties that are hugely beneficial for your gut health. During fermentation, the sugars and starches in the food are broken down and the foods are given probiotic-boosting properties becoming more nutritious and easier to digest. With the evolution of food processing, some foods have lost the good bacteria from which the body can benefit.

Why fermented foods?

According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, a diet that includes different fermented foods has a wide range of benefits for your health. Fermented foods are filled with probiotics that target your digestive system – improving not only your digestion but also strengthening your immune system. With the probiotics helping to balance out your gut bacteria, this makes it possible for the body to better absorb the nutrients from the foods you eat. Probiotics can also improve your mental health. A 2017 study showed the relation between a healthy gut and positive mental health. Click here to find out how probiotics can also contribute to achieving a flawless complexion.

The following fermented foods are not only filled with probiotics but other nutrients that the body will readily absorb and appreciate.

1. Kefir

Kefir is a drinkable yogurt made from cow, goat or sheep’s milk. It’s considered the go-to drink for lactose intolerants due to its ability to improve their digestion. Compared to the yoghurt generally found in supermarkets, kefir is extremely low in sugar as it contains only 1% sugar, while yogurt contains 4%. Being filled with high levels of nutrients such…

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