All About Cultured Foods
A regular dietary intake of cultured foods and fermented probiotic liquids is a fantastic way to improve and maintain good health. The benefits of cultured foods go way beyond just the increase of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system.
Here is a few of the reasons why cultured foods are so very good for us:
Cultured foods such as fermented vegetables and naturally fermented liquids contain beneficial probiotics for the colon, as well as essential enzymes, vitamins and minerals. A healthy colon is of utmost importance in the detoxing of the body, and also the extraction of nutritional value from the foods we eat.
Reasons to Eat Cultured Foods
Cultured Foods Are High In Enzymes.
Enzymes are a major component of our health and are vital to life. A lack of enzymes causes many malfunctions in the body. Most people are enzyme deficient and do not eat enough to keep up with there bodies needs.
Our bodies require abundant enzymes to properly digest, absorb and make full use of the foods we eat, among other uses. As we age the stores of enzymes decrease. More about this here: Benefits of Digestive Enzymes.
Cultured Foods Restore Correct Balance of Gut Flora
There are many health conditions that can be greatly improved simply by adding a good helping of live probiotics in your daily food intake. Some of these include lactose and gluten intolerance, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, yeast infections, allergies and asthma – among many others.
All the conditions I have listed here have been associated with a lack of probiotics in the gut.
Fermenting Food Increases Available Nutrients
The fermentation or culturing process enhances the nutritional elements in food. it also “predigests” it, making these extra nutrients super available. This is especially important for people who have problems with their digestion or nutrient absorption.
Fermented dairy contain a high level of folic acid as well as pyroxidine, B vitamins, riboflavin and biotin – all depending on which strains of bacteria are present.
Cultured Foods Help Absorbtion
Cultured foods and naturally fermented probiotic liquids contribute to efficient digestion by breaking down the food.
They make digestion and assimilation easier by providing high amounts of digestive enzymes.
They supply and nourish the proper intestinal bacteria. You can take many expensive supplements, but unless you are actually absorbing the goodness from them, then you are wasting your money. Once you improve your digestion, then you will also be improving your absorption of your food.
Cultured Foods Are Very Inexpensive.
Although there are always extras and fancy equipment you can buy for fermenting your foods, there is usually nothing more required that what you already have in your kitchen. And most of the foods that are great for culturing or fermenting are very inexpensive.
The health benefits of probiotics are massive and should never be under-estimated. If you are a healthy person, then you will still benefit from adding more cultured foods into your diet. And if you are unwell, then it should be one of the first changes you make.
More on cultured foods from Wikipedia: Natural fermentation precedes human history. Since ancient times, however, humans have been controlling the fermentation process.
The earliest evidence of winemaking dates from eight thousand years ago, in Georgia, in the Caucasus area.
Seven-thousand-year-old jars containing the remains of wine have been excavated in the Zagros Mountains in Iran, which are now on display at the University of Pennsylvania.
There is strong evidence that people were fermenting beverages in Babylon circa 3000 BC, ancient Egypt circa 3150 BC, pre-Hispanic Mexico circa 2000 BC, and Sudan circa 1500 BC.
French chemist Louis Pasteur was the first known zymologist, when in 1856 he connected yeast to fermentation.Pasteur originally defined fermentation as “respiration without air”. Pasteur performed careful research and concluded:
“I am of the opinion that alcoholic fermentation never occurs without simultaneous organization, development, and multiplication of cells, … . If asked, in what consists the chemical act whereby the sugar is decomposed, … , I am completely ignorant of it.” … read more at wikipedia
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