How Fermented Foods Can Help Your Digestive Woes
From gassiness and bloating to more severe issues, digestive problems can spell a whole lot of trouble – so much so that people will try every remedy under the sun to ease just a little bit of the discomfort.
However, picking up medicine after medicine from the drug aisle and loading up on probiotic products doesn’t have to be your only solution for digestive discomfort.
There is strong medical evidence available that suggests one of the simplest, most natural, and perhaps even most effective ways of dealing with digestive problems such as IBS, candida, acid reflux, Crohn’s Disease, and leaky gut could be fermented foods.
That may sound like it’s too good to be true, especially if you’ve already bought into all the hype and found that this solution doesn’t really work.
But here’s the thing to keep in mind – while probiotics can be effective at helping with gastrointestinal issues, it’s only very specific types of probiotics created in very specific ways that can offer real relief, and most people aren’t going to get what they need from probiotic capsules, yogurt, or any of the other many probiotic products on the market.
When you’re eating fermented foods, you’re getting access to the types of good bacteria that are supposed to be thriving in your gut. When you eat a variety of fermented foods, you are taking in a pretty incredible range of beneficial bacteria that can help with numerous digestive issues.
And the best part? There are many different types of fermented foods available that can help with this, and in addition these foods are all natural, healthy, and delicious, many can be created right in your own kitchen with just a little bit of effort. Here are some options you may consider.
- Kombucha – This big city beverage, a delicious fizzy and fermented black tea drink, hasn’t caught on outside of major metropolitan areas yet. However, that could soon change. This delicious beverage has plenty of appeal for those looking to boost their digestive health.
- Pickles – Even those who may be a little shy about eating fermented foods are likely to welcome this fermented favorite into their diet. While pickles shouldn’t be the only source of probiotics in one’s diet, it’s a good place to start for those who are a bit shy about trying new sources.
- Miso – Any lover of sushi or Asian foods is likely to have had miso before without thinking of just how incredibly healthy this fermented soybean paste can be. If you’d like to use miso as a source of antibiotics, be sure you’re purchasing the paste and not the powder to make your own miso soup at home.
- Sauerkraut – You may have loaded sauerkraut onto a hot dog before without realizing just how incredibly healthy this food can be. On a hot dog, sandwich, or even on its own, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it.
- Kimchi – This Korean delicacy is spicy, delicious, and incredibly good for your gut. Have it alone or as a complement to your favorite Asian inspired meal.
One thing to point out with any fermented foods is to double-check the label if you’re buying it at the store to determine whether or not it’s been pasteurized. While pasteurization is essential for some types of food, the pasteurization process will kill the good bacteria – which doesn’t do you any good.
If you can’t find unpasteurized products, consider making your own. It’s easy, delicious, and you can come up with your own recipes to make these foods tastier than ever.