Why You Should be Eating Fermented Foods!
Fermented foods go through a process called fermentation by which healthy bacteria interact with sugars creating healthy by-products.
What does fermentation produce?
The average American is deficient Omega three fatty acids. They are very important to overall health. They reduce inflammation, protect the brain and nerves, prevent heart disease, prevent dementia and are part of the cell membrane. Consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids while pregnant has resulted in children with higher IQ’s.
Vitamin B12 is made by bacteria. It is found almost extensively in animal products so plant-based eaters need to get this through other sources. Fermented foods provide an excellent source!
Vitamin K2 is another vitamin produced by bacteria. Vitamin K2 prevents plaque from adhering to artery walls. It is also essential in preventing osteoporosis. Its functions are just now being discovered…more to come in the near future.
Enzymes speed up chemical reactions in the body. Without them, we cannot function optimally. Fermented food provides an abundance of them.
Beneficial bacteria keep intestinal balance and prevent yeast overgrowth. They are integral for maintaining proper digestive and immune health. There are probiotic supplements of the market, but fermented foods contain a greater amount and variety of bacteria than you would get in a supplement, at a fraction of the cost.
Examples of fermented foods are kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, miso, tempeh, and natto. Typical Americans have consume very little of these products, but they are making a comeback! Check out your local market or health food store for the latest in fermented food options.
Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over eleven years. He is a chiropractic physician that is double board certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition. He is a certified nutrition specialist and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.